The Summer Councilors

Sorcerers Safari Magic & Performance CampA Sorcerers Safari councilor’s mission is to instill an appreciation for and promote the art of magic through professional instruction and diverse performances. Their mission also includes helping our young magicians hone their craft to achieve the next level while having fun. Sorcerers Safari provides participants with the opportunity to meet and work with people throughout the magic community.

SPECIAL GUEST 2016: Suzanne The Magician from FOOL US

Suzanne The Magician - 2016 Special Guest At Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp

Executive Staff of the Sorcerers Safari

Magic Mike Segal Magic Mike Segal

Magic Mike is the founder and Camp Director. He has is a BFA (theatre) graduate from York University and a member of The International Brotherhood of Magicians, Society of American Magicians, ACTRA, and the Canadian Associations of Magicians. Specializing in consultation and choreography, Magic Mike has to his credit, numerous live theatrical and industrial productions, movies, television programs, commercials, music videos and has worked with industry personalities such as Siegfried & Roy, John Woo, Dolph Lungren and Richard Dreyfus. Additionally, Magic Mike heads up a magic program for Toronto area School Boards.

Magic Mike has twenty+ years of experience and over a 1000 performances all over the world to his credit.

Read more about Mike at www.Magic-Mike.com

 Jen Segal

Jennifer Segal

Jennifer Segal (she goes by Jen) has been working full time at Sorcerers Safari with Magic Mike (her spouse) for the past four years and part time since the beginning. As well as running the day to day business of a camp she spends her time booking birthday parties, Christmas shows and special events for Magic Mike and other entertainers, including jugglers, hypnotists, mimes and clowns.

Jen has had the pleasure of working with some incredible magicians from all over the US and Canada. She looks forward to spending time with her counselors and campers at summer camp.

 Steph Kline Stephanie Botamer

Stephanie’s love for the art of magic came about through her marriage to Steven Kline. She worked as an assistant in his illusion show for over 10 years, performing throughout the U.S. and Asia. She is honored to be a part of the Best Magic Camp ever and looks forward to her week at camp every year!

 Steve Kline

Steven Kline

Steven hails from Columbus, Ohio and has been performing magic professionally for over ten years. Read more about Steven Kline at: www.stevenkline.com

 Christina Galonska

Christina Galonska

Christina started at magic camp 10 years ago. Promoting healthy non-magic related activities, she’s the Activities Director for Sorcerers Safari Summer Magic Camp.

“It is without a doubt the best experience I have had at a camp. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.” comments Christina.

When she’s not enriching children’s lives at camp, Christina works full time in advertising sales at the National Post in downtown Toronto. She’s been there over 18 years, and loves what she does. She’s also happily married to Lee Asher. They have a puppy named Quinton.

 Lee Asher

Lee Asher

Lee Asher, at the age of 38, has become one of the most recognized card magicians of today. He has lectured at many worldwide venues including Paris, New York, Copenhagen, Singapore, Berlin, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Glasgow, Beijing, London, Perth, Tel-Aviv, Hong Kong, Vienna – and the list goes on.

This will be Lee’s 15th consecutive year with magic camp.

For more information about Lee Asher please visit his official website www.LeeAsher.com

Staff of the Sorcerers Safari

Brad Allen

Brad Allen

Hi! My name is Brad. I first came to Sorcerers Safari as a camper when I was 12 and have been there every year since. It’s been a great learning experience for me, helping me with self-confidence and the ability to present in front of a large audience. Now I am 26 and study Environmental Science at the University of Toronto. I can’t wait to watch this year’s new campers become captivated by this magical experience, as I still am. I look forward to meeting with all of you!

 Marc Chalmers

Marc Chalmers

Marc Chalmers has been studying the art of magic since the age of eight and 2006 will mark his 8th year at the Sorcerers Safari. He has performed in restaurants and bars for the past 16 years and has a large stage show that tours Southern Ontario. When not performing, Marc enjoys traveling the world and swimming.

 Craig Douglas

Craig Douglas

Craig Douglas has been performing professionally as a comedian and juggler for more than 25 years and he is THRILLED to be returning to Sorcerer’s Safari for his ninth year. He has thrilled audiences from Vancouver to Halifax, from the Caribbean to Europe with his high-energy comic juggling show. Bowling balls fly, machetes whirl, and torches blaze. Craig has appeared nationally on The Comedy Network and CBC Television. Despite his many years at Sorcerer’s Safari and having shared the stage with dozens and dozens of professional magicians over the years, he still has NO idea how a sub trunk works. Visit his official website.

 Mike D'Urzo

Mike D’Urzo

Mike D’Urzo performs in hundreds of shows annually for some of the largest corporations, theme parks and television networks across Canada. Mike was nominated for 2010 “Entertainer of the Year” by the Canadian Event Industry Awards. He performed in an international tour across China for over half a million people! His magic was featured across Canada on the hit television show, “Keys to the VIP” on the Comedy Network, CTV and Fuse TV in the United States. He was crowned “Champion of Season 2” as people across Canada voted for him as their favourite player on the show. Mike performs at some of the most prestigious Hollywood movie premieres and gala events for Sony Pictures, MGM Films and the Toronto International Film Festival. Check out http://www.megamagicproductions.com

 Lori Farquhar

Lori Farquhar

Lori’s adventure in magic began when she meet her husband Shawn Farquhar while camping 28 years ago. She was quickly worked into the act, and this wonderful art of magic has taken her to over 42 countries around the world. She is now running their newly acquired magic company Palmer Magic and raising their daughter Hannah. The whole Farquhar family looks forward to camp every year and hopes to see you there.

 Shawn Farquhar

Shawn Farquhar

Shawn Farquhar is a one of a kind, two-time IBM world champion, five time FISM award winner and fourth generation magician. He’s been doing magic all his life. His Mom says when Shawn was born the Doctor slapped him and he said ‘Pick a Card’!

His career has taken to over 42 countries around the globe and allowed him the opportunity to be apart of just as many television shows including the X-Files, Highlander and Poltergeist the Legacy. His most recent accomplishments include winning the Grand Prix World Championship of Close Up magic and beating his wife and nine year old daughter at mini golf. For more information about Shawn Farquhar visit his official website.

 Greg Frewin

Greg Frewin

Greg earned his title by winning first place in all of the World’s top magic competitions, a feat that has never been duplicated by any magician. He has appeared on the World’s top stages such as The Flamingo Hilton, Caesar’s Palace and the Tropicana in Las Vegas, The Crystal Palace Casino in Nassau, Bahamas and has been featured in over 35 TV specials around the world.

For info about Greg Frewin, please visit his official website.

 Dick Joiner

Dick Joiner

With his infectious hysterical laugh, fun-loving zany manner and high paced interactive comedy magic, Dick Joiner delights and astounds audiences on land, sea, and air (television), throughout Canada, the U. S. A., and Europe. This is Dick’s seventh visit to Sorcerers Safari Camp.

Take a moment to visit Dick’s official website.

 Graydon Gilmore

Graydon Gilmore

Greydon has been practicing magic for over 12 years now. He caught the magic bug after watching a David Blaine special on TV. He spent the next few years finding any opportunity to visit the magic store that was 2hrs from his home town. He attended Sorcerers Safari as a camper for three years and came back as a counsellor in training. His main interest is close-up and parlour magic, but has a growing interest in stage. When not practicing magic he spends his time at Western University where he is a neuroscience graduate student. He is very excited to be coming back as a counsellor for his 6th year at Sorcerers Safari Counsellor!!

 Chad Juros

Chad Juros

Chad is an international  entertainer /magician /motivational speaker who resides in New Jersey. For almost two decades Chad has had the privilege to spread his magic and message to audiences across the world. Chad has shared his magical message at the Magic Castle and on Criss Angel’s Mindfreak. Chad’s is also the youngest magician ever to perform at the White House. Growing up Chad realized how special and powerful the art of magic is. Sorcerers Safari is a dream to anyone who would like to pursue magic as a career or just a hobby. Sorcerers Safari quickly became a very special place in Chad’s heart when he had the opportunity to be a scholarship winner at the camp.

Magic is an art where you can never stop learning. After being a camper for a few years, Chad couldn’t wait to become a part of the camp’s staff and be able to share with magicians the ins and outs of being the best magician they can possibly be. The magic, memories and friends at Sorcerers Safari are instant and they will last forever.

 Carey Lauder

Carey Lauder

This is Carey’s 15th year at Sorcerer’s Safari as the official/non-official photographer. While he does have a love of magic, most of his life has been devoted to a career in photography, first in the field of commercial work and for the past 3 years he has passed on his knowledge of cameras and traditional darkroom work to grades 9 and 10 at Tec Voc High School in Winnipeg.

Getting bitten by the magic bug only 18 years ago, Carey takes care of variety of magic responsibilities including: Society of Young Magicians Assembly Co-Leader, Territorial Vice President for the International Brotherhood of Magicians and Treasurer for the Magic Club of Winnipeg.

In 2008 Carey taught a total of 8 different magic camps, but the week at Sorcerers Safari is by far the best camp of all. Smile and say CHEEESE and maybe you will get you picture taken, one of the several thousand he will shoot during camp.

 Eric LeClerc

Eric LeClerc

Eric LeClerc is a 31 year old, full time magician. His magic has taken him all over the world where thousands have seen him perform. Eric has been running his own magic school for the past 8 years and has discovered a real passion for teaching. He is looking forward to his second year at magic camp!! To learn more about Eric’s magic please visit his official website.

 Rosemary Reid

Rosemary Reid

Rosemary Reid has been attending magic camp since she was eleven years old. She recently graduated from the acting program at Dalhousie University and went on to further studies at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France.

She is now based out of Toronto, ON, pursuing on-screen acting, comedy and magic. She maintains that magic camp is the best week out of every year, and, in her words: “loves it more than knock-knock jokes”. We’re sure that means a lot.

For more information about Rosemary Reid please visit her official website www.RosemaryReid.com

 Ben Train

Ben Train

I could talk about the awards I’ve won, like the 2008 Len Cooper Memorial Award, the successful lecture tours I’ve been a part of – with people like Allan Ackerman, Johnny Thompson and David Roth, or the classes I’ve taught, including the most recent one on Erdnase’s classic text “The Expert at the Card Table”… but I won’t. Because camp isn’t about me, or really any of the other staff. It’s about YOU. So instead of talking about myself here’s the deal: if you’re working on a trick, a presentation or even a move I promise to make myself available to help you with it 24 hours a day (minus washroom breaks and the occasional nap).

 Alex Seaman

Alex Seaman

Alex has been performing magic for 10 years and was recently named Pacific Coast Stage Champion and Canadian Stage Magic Champion. Now 21 years old, he performs close up magic regularly at restaurants and larger performances for various events through the Vancouver area and was even featured in The Linking Ring Magazine. Alex is very excited to be a part of Sorcerers Safari for the first time and looks forward to meeting everyone!

 Ali Shelley

Ali Shelley

Ali was genetically predisposed to become a magician. Born into a magical family, she spent her former years working alongside her father, famous magic dealer, Mike Shelley. After attending conventions worldwide, Ali developed her own act which combines both her love of magic with her love of travel. This flight attendant themed routine has won Ali countless awards for her comedic and creative style. You might also recognize Ali from her appearances on Cash Cab, Emeril’s Table, and the Travel Channel. When she is not doing magic she really is flying the friendly skies. Ali is thrilled and honored to be attending camp for the first time this year. Learn more about Ali by visiting her website.

 Chris Westfall Chris WestfallChris Westfall is a Toronto based pro with 1000s of hours of performance time under his belt. Being one of the newest members of our team, Chris has proven to be a great asset. Whether just hanging out and playing sports, or running electives and teaching the kids his wacky magic style, Chris Westfall brings his ‘A game’ to magic camp! For more information about Chris Westfall, please visit his official website.
 Dan Wiebe

Dan Wiebe

Dan Wiebe has been interested in magic since childhood and more committed to it in the last 13 years. Dan is an instructor for the Society of Young Magicians in Winnipeg, teaching the art and skills of magic to young people ages 7 to 17. He is also a member of the Society of American Magicians, and a member of the Magic Club of Winnipeg. Dan performs for small groups, mostly corporate functions and also volunteers performance at the Philips Magic Museum in Giroux Manitoba.

 Amy Umpleby Amy UmplebyAmy has been a counselor at Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp since 2003, where she discovered her love for magic and camp! She attended University of Toronto for Political Science and currently works as a Marketing Specialist for CSI Global Education. When she is not working, she is out playing sports, travelling and spending time with friends. Magic camp is her favourite time of year, and she looks forward to seeing old friends and new faces every year!