MCW: Announcing Our Guests of Honor



With the 44th Magic Collectors Weekend only two months away, we are pleased announce our Guests of Honor for the Weekend—William (Bill) Kalush and Michael (Micky) Hades.

It may be trite to say, but it is true. With accomplishments so rich, and spanning so many decades, our Guests of Honor need little introduction. Both, in many ways, have changed the course of magic history, particularly for magic collectors and historians.

Although Bill Kalush is a dedicated practitioner of sleight-of-hand, having studied under Carl Mainfort, Robert Stencil, Brother John Hamman and Joe Crist, his more recent passion, first triggered by a suggestion from Ricky Jay to focus on original research in the history of magic, may be his most enduring. A dedicated researcher, writer and publisher—particularly of early magic history—Bill has travelled the globe, forming special relationships, and acquiring rare literary works to assist him in his study. More significantly, he has selflessly made his collection accessible to others through his groundbreaking foundation, the Conjuring Arts Research Centre (CARC) in New York City.

Micky Hades, when it comes to collecting and disseminating magic history, is a pioneer. Born in 1926 in rural Alberta, Canada and orphaned at an early age, Micky displayed an innate curiosity for all things magic, and the self-reliance and strength of character to pursue his passion with vigor. A performer, magic builder, author, publisher, organizer, collector and, most of all, mentor to scores of magicians, Micky Hades has touched the lives of magicians and collectors throughout the world.

We are thrilled to recognize their many achievements.

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MCW 2017 – Dealers

The Magic Collectors Weekend in Montreal – May 25 to 27, 2017 – promises to be something very special. We are pleased to announce that, if early registrations are any indication, we will sell out – and, well ahead of schedule.

We also know that no MCW is complete without a chance to add to your collections. This time, because half the conference will take place at the hotel, and half at the McCord Museum, we have elected to do things a little differently.

The good news is that no one will be charged for a dealer’s booth. This is because there will be no official dealers’ room. (With conference divided between two locations, we didn’t think it was in anyone’s best interest to set up a formal dealers’ room.)

In the spirit, however, of the old MCW’s at Magic Inc. – and the fabled swap meets that were set up prior to those events – we will be providing tables near the main hotel meeting room on Thursday afternoon and evening, all day Friday, and Saturday evening for anyone so inclined. There will be no charge for use of the tables, and they will be made available on a first come/first serve basis.

Please note, as this the first time the MCW is taking place outside of the United States, for anyone bringing items for sale or trade from Europe or the United States (or any other country, for that matter) it is up to each registrant to determine what can or cannot be brought into the country.

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The Weekend is Back!


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The 44th Magic Collectors Weekend in
Montreal, Canada in 2017

Magicana is delighted to bring the MCW to Montreal in May 2017. We will be staging this conference to coincide with the opening of the major magic exhibition, drawn from the Allan Slaight Collection of magic posters and Houdiniana, at the McCord Museum.

In fact, a large part of the conference will take place at the McCord Museum (which is located in the heart of downtown Montreal) where delegates will enjoy private tours of the exhibition and behind-the-scenes tours by curators and staff of the museum. The museum has an exquisite exhibition in the works, and MCW delegates will be the first to experience it!

The balance of the conference will be held at our convention hotel, the Delta Montreal which is, literally, around the corner from the McCord. And, as we have had in the past, there will be a broad range of speakers.

But space is limited! This event is restricted by the meeting capacity at the McCord, so we only have 125 places available. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

How much does it cost? Well, the regular convention rate is $250 USD, but Magicol subscribers are eligible for the discounted price of $225 for themselves and for spouses. (Canadians, when registering, please use the CANADIAN registration form.)

So, if you want to be the first to see the one of the largest, magic exhibitions featuring some of the world’s best magic posters—and a whole lot more—register today!

For more information about the conference, be sure to follow this blog for updates and details.



Magic Collectors Weekend 2017

Magic Collectors Weekend

May 25-27, 2017 

Montreal, Canada

Details will follow.

Save the dates … It’ll be a knockout!

This is a preliminary announcement that we plan on staging the Magic Collectors Weekend May 25 to 27, 2017 in Montreal, Canada.

This will coincide with the opening of the major exhibition of magic posters from the Allan Slaight Collection at the McCord Museum. The exhibition, for which David Ben is the guest curator, will open that very weekend.

In addition to private tours of the exhibition, we will be working with the McCord on some additional programming and events – including some behind the scene access to elements related to the  exhibition. Given Houdini’s connection to Montreal – and, in fact, the McCord – there will certainly also be some Houdini on the bill.

We are currently finalizing the location of the hotel, to ensure that it is within short walking distance to the McCord, and has competitive room rates. We should point out that the Canadian dollar is close to a historic low to the US dollar. A rough guide is that the US dollar is worth 30% more than the Canadian dollar. So this should be a bargain for visitors from the US. (Montreal is within driving distance from Boston and New York, and Montreal also has a major international airport with frequent flights from Europe.)

Montreal is, of course, an amazing city. (It will also be celebrating its 375th anniversary that year, with lots of events in store.) It is the perfect city to bring your spouse or partner to the conference as there is so much to do in Montreal, and we will be located in the heart of the city. We will also ensure that there is time to enjoy the world-class cuisine that the city has to offer.

We plan on having the dealers there, and are investigating the best way to assist them in  transporting their wares across the border. We will provide that  information when it becomes available.

Finally, unlike previous Magic Collectors Weekends that could accommodate a large number of delegates, we may be restricted logistically to approximately 150 attendees.  Again, we will let everyone know.

The main thing for now is to simply save the dates.

MORE about the Allan Slaight Collection at the McCord