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Toronto: “Illusions: The Art of Magic” opens at the AGO February 22, 2020

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Illusions: The Art of Magic

Abracadabra! Illusions: The Art of Magic opens at the AGO on Feb. 22, 2020 running to May 17, 2020, showcasing rare posters and artifacts from the Golden Age of Magic of over 100 years ago. To celebrate, the AGO is inviting visitors of all ages to step right up and be amazed at a series of live talks, films, performances and events. Highlights include:

  • Visitors to Illusions: The Art of Magic are in for a mesmerizing surprise. Throughout the run of the exhibition, performers from the Toronto Magic Company will take the in-exhibition stage daily to perform a spellbinding series of live magic shows. Free with admission.
  • Join world-renowned, Toronto-based conjuror, magic historian and guest curator David Ben on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 at 7 p.m. in Baillie Court to learn more about the fascinating performers who pulled greatness from thin air during the Golden Age of Magic.
  • Julie Eng grew up in her family’s Toronto magic shop, learning the tricks of the trade from her father. As a women working in a male dominated field, learn what it’s like to live a life full of magic on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 7 p.m. in Jackman Hall.
  • You may know Houdini for his death-defying stunts and mind-bending illusions, but did you know he was also a silent film star? This winter, the AGO’s Jackman Hall theatre will feature several screenings of films directed by and starring Houdini including Haldane of the Secret Service and Man from Beyond and Houdini. For show times and tickets, visit

Illustration: Detail of Comedians de Mephisto Co. Allied with Le Roy-Talma-Bosco by Adolph Friedländer, 1905.