Spade’s Magic

Toronto Magician Durgy Spade – Returning to Global Morning Show Winnipeg

Toronto Magician Durgy Spade dropping back in for a quick visit to Global’s Morning Show with Adriana Zhang:

Prestige Alternate Universe: Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts

An alternate universe to The Prestige? A magician I wouldn’t want to get near? See below to watch Danton (portrayed by Durgy Spade) in action, in this picture book short story inspired by The Prestige.

Just in time for Hallowe’en! Go ahead, maximize the video, turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy!

Story: Vinay Dhalla
Pictures: http://www.themidnightmedia.com/
Starring: Durgy Spade

uberMAGIC

Last month, some of the top magicians in the city – including yours truly – were chosen by Entertainment One (eOne) to run a magical campaign to promote the new hit movie Now You See Me 2. For 4 hours on a particular Friday afternoon, magicians were available on demand in Toronto and Montreal to some very lucky individuals. These magicians showed up to the workplaces of the people who were able to get through to uberMAGIC and perform a short 15 minute magic show.

In case you weren’t one of the lucky few who got to experience Magicians on Demand through uberMAGIC to promote Now You See Me 2 (feat. Morgan Freeman, Daniel Radcliffe) – here is what you missed out on!

Click here to read more over at Uber.

uberMAGIC & Now You See Me 2

Magic at Big Fat Indian Wedding

Happy New Year my friends!

2015 was the best performance year I have ever had! With constant back to back shows, my last show of the year was a few days after Christmas Day! Thank you to everyone who’s been in support of my work since day one. I love you all.

Here’s a clip from the last show of 2015 – Harbir and Asma’s wedding.

Enjoy!

Magic in Australia and Melbourne Magic Festival

After witnessing all sorts of magic in Australia, I sit here in the bar of my hotel in Sydney, 15 hours before my flight back home to Toronto- I come to realize how similar yet different magic is across the world. Performers who live and breathe the art, seem to come up with the greatest methods to leave the audience wanting more.

It started when I landed in Melbourne, Australia just over 2 weeks ago for some work. Although I’d be missing FISM in Italy, (often described as the olympics of magic that happens once every three years) I’d be checking out the Melbourne Magic Festival – with some international magic stars of it’s own. Rob Zabrecky (USA) blew me away with his theatrical, magic journey – and although I missed him at Toronto Luminato not too long ago, it was a pleasure to see his work in Melbourne. I had also heard a lot about Pop Haydn – over the years, it was interesting to finally see his “magnetic water” routine. If you ever find yourself in LA, make sure you check Pop out at the Magic Castle where he’s often performing.

Checking out the buskers in Melbourne’s South Bank was great to see when they were out. Real. Street. Magic.

And just yesterday, I had a short but great magic talk with Tony, owner of Australia’s largest magic shop- Hey Presto MagicFrom what it seems, the magic culture in Australia is alive, kicking and growing.

All in all, it’s been a great trip to Melbourne and Sydney. I’m looking forward to being home and performing. Which reminds me, in case you show up next Friday, July 24th at The Second City downtown Toronto- you might just see your friendly neighborhood magician doing his thing.

-D

Durgy at the Melbourne Magic Festival 2015

Durgy at the Melbourne Magic Festival 2015

 

 

 

 

Magic Love

With all the hustle and bustle in life, I put some time aside to do something very important recently. Proposing to my girlfriend. Someone up there is looking out for me – she said yes. Cheers to the real magical things in life.

Her biggest fan.
-Durgy

Engagement Montreal

World Cup Fever

Congrats to Germany on winning yesterday’s World Cup! This 2014 football season encouraged me to have a little fun with fans in downtown Toronto. Have a look below!

Durgy

Any Card

Every now and then, I hit the streets with a bit of magic for everyday people and strangers. It’s not always easy convincing people to try something strange – randomly in the middle of the street as more often than not, they think you’re crazy, or looking for money, or both. Nonetheless, we recently filmed this in the streets of downtown Toronto – enjoy!

Durgy

Durgy Spade. David Blaine. Enough Said.

Roughly 16 years ago, I was inspired by David Blaine’s street magic special I saw on TV for the first time. Last weekend, David inspired me again- in real life.

David performed and followed with a Q&A session Saturday night at the University of Buffalo. I bought tickets to the event immediately after hearing about it as David rarely (ever?) does public stage performances (outside of his performance stunts usually done in New York City).

David opened with an underwater act in which he managed to stay underwater for over 10 minutes without oxygen, all while juggling, eating a banana, smoking a cigar and even taking selfies with a waterproof camera. He followed with some card tricks, sticking an ice pick through his hand and leaving the audience of over a thousand people in disbelief.

Watching the man who inspired you to do something big with your life is an interesting experience. He managed to inspire me all over again- and reminded me why I got into magic in the first place. But the most eye-opening moment of the evening didn’t happen until after the show when I met him briefly before he took off in his black SUV guarded by two Buffalo police officers. He appeared out of the back of the building as some of his fans waited, and he casually, calmly and humbly walked over and spent a good few minutes signing autographs and conversing with fans. It was refreshing to see a celebrity not be annoyed and angry with paparazzi and the fans who got them to the level they’re at in the first place (ahem… Kanye).

I look forward to David perfecting his show and have it officially tour around the country.

-Durgy

Another trip to Qatar (and Dubai)

Back in October of 2013, I did my first big event outside of North America. Smack in the middle of Doha, Qatar- I was hired for a 30 minute performance at a corporate event. It went so well that last month I was invited back to be the magical MC for the night at another event the company was having. Once again I packed my bags and got on the 15 hour journey from Toronto to Qatar. I have to admit, I really enjoy performing in the Middle East as it’s a great new challenge for me. I love performing for a culture I’m still working on understanding- while keeping them entertained. The morning after my performance, I flew out to Dubai. I figured if I’m going to fly thousands of kilometers from home for a single night, I might as well take another one-hour flight to Dubai and see if it’s all cracked up to be. It is! I even managed to find a Bugatti police car while roaming downtown!

Until next time,
Durgy