About SYM

If you are the ages of seven through sixteen, and are interested in the performance of magic, you’ve come to the right place.

Darcy visits SYM class

Magic tricks and magicians are having a resurgence of popularity again thanks in part to performers like David Copperfield, Lance Burton, Mac King, and Penn and Teller. Many celebrities started out as young magicians including Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Alexander, Muhammad Ali, Steve Martin, General Norman Schwartzkopf and Woody Allen.

Magic as a hobby?

It’s not just about the secrets. Performing the art of magic as a hobby produces some great positive results including:

  • Confidence by performing in front of people and entertaining them
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Discipline in the study of the craft
  • Trust in the keeping of secrets and methods
  • Friendships around the world with other fellow magic enthusiasts
  • Popularity and the ability to make new friends
  • Studies in art and culture

Is it hard to perform magic?

Like any art, it takes practice and a willingness to study. Of course it also has to be fun! Much like music lessons, some people play at home for family while others become concert maestros. Whether you perform magic for your friends or as a way to pay for college, amazing your audience can be a very rewarding experience.

Our Local Assembly

In Winnipeg we offer a rich experience in magic. Starting with bi-weekly classes in two age groups (Mini-Wands for ages 7-9 and Top-Hats for ages 10-16). In our classes you will learn not only the secret behind the magic, but also how to perform it to entertain your audience.

We will challenge you. Every year we conduct two contests. You are encouraged to participate in the Close-Up Contest and the Stage Showcase, even if you are new to magic. This is a great opportunity to perform in an encouraging setting.

Magic is fun. We hold two parties each year. One is a Holiday Party. The other is our End of Year Picnic. These are great events to invite friends and family.

You do not want to miss our annual Workshop Day. Towards the end of January we hold an all day workshop where we cover magic that takes more time than the hour long classes. Often there is a construction project, where you build your own magic prop. Many see the Workshop Day as the highlight of the year.

Our instructors are magicians from the Magic Club of Winnipeg. Some are hobby magicians, others perform magic professionally.

Our local chapter is know as the Dean Gunnarson Assembly. We are part of the international Society of Young Magicians (SYM). SYM is the junior program of the Society of American Magicians.

History of SYM in Manitoba

Manitoba was the home of the first SYM chapter in Canada and was chapter number 7 internationally.

SYM was brought to Canada by Bill Brace. His grandson Carey Tardy is SYM member number 1.

Manitoba has a strong history of magic in people like: Darcy Oake, Dean Gunnarson, and Doug Henning.

You too can be part of the magic tradition in Manitoba.