Vincenzo Ravina: Actual Wizard

NEXT PUBLIC SHOW:Actual Wizard
at the Maritime Conservatory
of Performing Arts
Saturday
March 9, 2024
7:30 PM

As seen on Penn & Teller: Fool Us, and winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2023 Halifax Fringe Festival

Following a successful run at Neptune Theatre for the Halifax Fringe Festival, actual wizard and Halifax magician Vincenzo Ravina brings his magic to mysterious and enigmatic venues across the city of Halifax and beyond, including:The creaky upper floor of the Oxford Taproom on Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 pm. SOLD OUT.The odd little room with two pianos in it at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 pm. Tickets on sale now.There will be: Potions! Ghosts! Playing Cards! Murder!Actual Wizard is funny, mystifying, absurd, and experimental.Can't make it this time? Join the mailing to get notified about future shows (and secret shows).Or book Vincenzo Ravina for your private event or venue (perhaps your spacious attic).Read about the show in the Chronicle Herald."Beautifully done."
– Penn Jillette, Penn & Teller
"Truly remarkable magic."
– Mark Robins, Halifax Presents
"Brilliant. I have never seen anything like that."
– Martin Brophy, MagicSeats.co.uk

Performance photos by Stoo Metz Photography. Black and white photos by Marco Astan Photography. Headshots by Annie Bee Photography.


UPCOMING PUBLIC SHOWS

SOLD OUT - Friday, February 23, 2024 - 8 pm
Vincenzo Ravina: Actual Wizard
(the secret bar at Good Robot)
Halifax, NS

SOLD OUT - Saturday, March 9, 2024 - 7:30 pm
Vincenzo Ravina: Actual Wizard
The Oxford Taproom
Halifax, NS

March 11–14, 2024
FREE March Break Magic Shows
From Vincenzo Ravina, Actual Wizard
March 11 - 2:30 pm
Central Library
March 12- 2:30 pm
Alderney Gate Public Library
March 13 - 10:30 am
Woodlawn Public Library
March 13 - 2 pm
Halifax North Memorial Public Library
March 14 - 3 pm
Sheet Harbour Public Library

Saturday, March 30, 2024 - 7:30 pm
Vincenzo Ravina: Actual Wizard
SECRET LOCATION
Halifax, NS
Details to be announced. Join the mailing list to be notified.

Saturday, April 20, 2024 - 7:30 pm
Vincenzo Ravina: Actual Wizard
Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts
Halifax, NS


WHAT ARE THE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT THE WIZARD?

"Beautifully done."
– Penn Jillette, Penn & Teller
"Truly remarkable magic."
– Mark Robins, Halifax Presents
"Loved the show... Brilliant. I have never seen anything like that."
– Martin Brophy, MagicSeats.co.uk
"My mind is blown."
– Eilish Bonang, Global News Morning
"Superbly entertaining."
– Katy Jean, SaltWire columnist
"Absolutely spellbinding."
– Amanda Campbell, TWISI Theatre & Music Blog
"Nova Scotia’s literal BEST magician."
– Stoo Metz, Stoo Metz Photography
TWISI Theatre & Music Blog:
Vincenzo Ravina: Actual Magic Review
Saltwire:
KATY JEAN: Shivers, wizards and
shuffling down sidewalks and cards
Saltwire:
KATY JEAN: Fun childhood experience
unlocked Vincenzo Ravina's inner wizard
Halifax Presents:
Vincenzo Ravina is making online magic
Magic Seats:
Review - Savour The Sea From a Distance –
A Virtual Magic Show By Vincenzo Ravina (Spoiler Free)

ABOUT

Vincenzo Ravina is an award-winning magician from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has performed on the CW's hit show, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, as well as CTV News and Global News.Actual Magic, his 2023 Fringe show, won the overall Audience Choice Award at the Halifax Fringe Festival.His magic is surreal, mystifying, and absurd. At his show, you may end up wearing Mind-Reading Glasses, bestowing luck to the unlucky, trying to the divine the future, testing out a Coincidence Machine, or cowering in fear at the might of the Ancient and Mystical Balloon of Ultimate Power. No matter what, you'll end up laughing and amazed.

He is also a writer. His collection of short stories, Peril & Exploit and Other Mysterious Tales, is available in both print and ebook form.For more on Vincenzo Ravina's writing and other doings, visit VincenzoRavina.com

BOOK
VINCENZO RAVINA

Vincenzo Ravina is available for public and private events. Book Vincenzo in your theatre, cafe, bar, or museum, or for a memorable wedding reception, Christmas party, company event, team meeting or other gathering.Available for shows in Nova Scotia and across Canada (travel expenses apply).

OFFERINGS

Actual Wizard: Parlour Show
A show for the theatre, the event hall, the living room, or the secret room behind your bookshelf. Available at a variety of lengths and customizable for your event. Contact for more details.
The Keyhole: Close-Up Show
Perfect for a small audience sitting around a kitchen table or huddled in the backroom of a museum.
"Magic Booth" Close-Up Shows
The Magic Booth appears in a corner of your event's room or in an adjoining room where your guests will be invited in small groups to attend a close-up magic show performed just for them.
The Hidden World: Customized Magic
Perhaps you'd like a show that begins in your living room and ends in your garden. Perhaps you're planning to propose and you want to do it in a magical way. If you would like a specially designed show for your space or a custom magical experience, please contact Vincenzo at least two months in advance of your date.


Special Rope on Global News Morning with Eilish Bonang

Actual Wizard promo

Vincenzo Ravina presents his Mind-Reading Glasses on Penn & Teller: Fool Us!

The Ancient and Mystical Balloon of Ultimate Power on CTV Morning Live

Virtual Magic Show Clip


Media Inquiries

Please email vravina@gmail.com with interview requests or other inquiries.

Press Clippings

• TWISI Theatre & Music Blog: Vincenzo Ravina: Actual Magic Review• Halifax Presents: Vincenzo Ravina performs Actual Magic• CBC Radio: Mainstreet: Hear an ACTUAL wizard perform magic on air• Saltwire: KATY JEAN: Fun childhood experience unlocked Vincenzo Ravina's inner wizard• Global News: Vincenzo Ravina the Actual Wizard• CBC Radio: Information Morning - Art 'n Soul: Magic at the Maritime Conservatory • Saltwire: KATY JEAN: Shivers, wizards and shuffling down sidewalks and cards• Halifax Presents: Vincenzo Ravina is an Actual Wizard• CBC News: How a Halifax man ended up reading minds on magic's biggest stage this week• Saltwire: Presto and prestidigi-tainment: Halifax magician appears on Penn & Teller: Fool Us• Halifax Presents: Vincenzo Ravina is making television magic• CityNews: Do you believe in magic? Local magician's talent to be featured on TV show• InTalksicated Podcast: Making Magic With Vincenzo Ravina• CTV News: Halifax magician uses sleight of hand to earn way into Vegas-based show• Halifax Presents: Vincenzo Ravina is making online magic• Magic Seats: Review - Savour The Sea From a Distance – A Virtual Magic Show By Vincenzo Ravina (Spoiler Free)• Saltwire: Virtual magic: From live audiences to online performances, East Coast entrepreneurs finding new ways to share skills• Magic Seats: Vincenzo Ravina Interview - "Magic From the Twilight Lodge"

Fringe Posters

Festivals and Shows

• Halifax Fringe Festival – Virtual Magic Show – "Savour the Sea From a Distance" – 2020
• Evergreen Festival – 2020
• Halifax Fringe Festival – Bus Stop Theatre – "Magic From the Twilight Lodge" – 2021
• Capt. William Spry Public Library's 35th Anniversary Celebrations – 2021
• Valley Communities Picnic – 2022
• Halifax County Exhibition – 2022
• Halifax Fringe Festival – Bus Stop Theatre – "Actual Wizard" – 2022
• Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts – "Actual Wizard" – 2023
• Halifax Fringe Festival – Neptune Theatre – "Actual Magic" – 2023

Appearances, Credits and Awards

• Zomblet – Magic Consultant – 2019
• Penn & Teller: Fool Us! – 2020
• CTV Morning Live – 2020
• CBC Radio – Maritime Noon – 2020
• News 95.7 – The Sheldon MacLeod Show – 2020
• Audience Choice Award: Fringiest Fringe – Halifax Fringe Festival – "Actual Wizard" – 2022
• Global – Global News Morning – 2023
• CBC Radio – Mainstreet – 2023
• Audience Choice Award – Halifax Fringe Festival – "Actual Magic" – 2023

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VINCENZO RAVINA

Actual Wizard & Halifax Magician

Ruth Penny Fitzgerald & Benny Jingles Taft

SOLD OUT - Saturday, January 20, 2024 - 7:30 pm
Vincenzo Ravina: Actual Wizard
Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts
Halifax, NS
SOLD OUT - Saturday, February 10, 2024 - 7 pm
Vincenzo Ravina: Actual Wizard
Chester Playhouse
22 Pleasant St
Chester, NS
The Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts on Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 pm. SOLD OUT.The haunted Chester Playhouse on Saturday, February 10 at 7 pm. SOLD OUT.Actual Magic has won the Audience Choice Award at the 2023 Halifax Fringe Festival. Thank you to everyone who voted for my show. Read Amanda Campbell's review of Actual Magic at TWISI Theatre & Music Blog.Saturday, November 4, 2023 - 8 pm
Vincenzo Ravina: Actual Wizard
Labour Day Picnic Cafe
12286 Peggys Cove Rd
Glen Haven, NS
Labour Day Picnic Cafe on Saturday, November 4 at 8 pm. Tickets on sale now.Argyle Fine Art Gallery on Saturday, November 25 at 7:30 pm. Tickets on sale now.Monday, October 30, 2023 - 7 pm
Vincenzo Ravina: Actual Wizard
Bus Stop Theatre
2203 Gottingen St,
Halifax, NS
The Bus Stop Theatre on Monday, October 30 at 7:30 pm. Tickets on sale now.August 31 - 7 pm
September 2 - 2:30 pm
September 5 - 6 pm
General Admission: $15
Run Time: 70 mins
Rated: PG
Neptune Theatre
Halifax, NS
After a sold-out run at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Halifax magician and actual wizard Vincenzo Ravina returns to the Halifax Fringe Festival with a new weird magic show for YOU, specifically and in particular.There might be: Divination! Puzzles! Unexpected friendships! Artworks! Playing cards! Murder!Actual Magic is funny, mystifying, absurd, and experimental.Tickets on sale now at HalifaxFringe.caRead a review of the show at TWISI Theatre & Music BlogTuesday, August 22 - 2:30 pm
Family Magic Show (Free Show)
Bedford Public Library
Friday, August 18 - 8:30 pm
Vincenzo Ravina: Actual Wizard
Prospect Road Community Centre
2141 Prospect Rd,
Hatchet Lake, NS
Sunday, August 20 - 4:30 pm
Family Magic Show
Prospect Road Community Centre
2141 Prospect Rd,
Hatchet Lake, NS
Thursday, June 29 - 2:30 pm
Family Magic Show (Free Show)
Keshen Goodman Public Library
Halifax, NS
Tuesday, July 11 - 10:30 am
Family Magic Show (Free Show)
Woodlawn Public Library
Dartmouth, NS
Saturday, July 22 - 7:30 pm
Vincenzo Ravina: Actual Wizard
Serpent Brewing
5 Sussex St,
Halifax, NS
Saturday, June 24 - 7:30 pm
Vincenzo Ravina: Actual Wizard
Open Book Coffee
3660 Strawberry Hill St
Halifax, NS
Actual Wizard at the Maritime Conservatory of
Performing Arts
Saturday May 13, 2023 - SOLD OUT
7:30 PM
Monday, March 13, 2023 - 10:30 amWoodlawn Public LibraryMonday, March 13, 2023 - 2 pmDartmouth North Public LibraryTuesday, March 14, 2023 - 2 pmCapt William Spry Memorial LibraryWednesday, March 15, 2023 - 2 pmSackville Public LibrarySaturday, March 25, 2023 - 7:30 pm
Vincenzo Ravina: Actual Wizard
Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts
6199 Chebucto Road,
Halifax, NS
Saturday, February 25, 2023 - 7 pm
Vincenzo Ravina: Actual Wizard
Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts
6199 Chebucto Road,
Halifax, NS
Sorry, this event is now SOLD OUT. Sign up here to get notified about the next show.Saturday, December 31, 2022 - 8:00 PM
Sail into the Mystic: New Year’s Eve Soirée
St. Margaret's Sailing Club
5 Foxberry Hill Road
Glen Haven, NS
More Information
Saturday, November 26, 2022 - 8:00 PM
Vincenzo Ravina: Actual Wizard
Labour Day Picnic Cafe
12286 Peggy's Cove Road,
Glen Haven, NS
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Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Crescent Moon Cabaret Presents
A Contemporary Vaudeville Revue

The Bus Stop Theatre
2203 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS
Buy Tickets
Monday, October 24, 2022 – 6:00 PM
Halloweek Magic Show
University of PEI
McMillan Hall, W.A. Murphy
More Info
Saturday, October 29, 2022 – 2:00 PM
Halifax North Memorial Library
More Info
Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 10:00 PM
Halifax HOWLoween
Four Points by Sheraton Halifax
1496 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS
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Wednesday, October 19, 2022
This will be an exciting event
but the details are not yet public!
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Saturday, October 29, 2022 – 2:00 PM
Halifax North Public Library
More Info
Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 10:00 PM
Halifax HOWLoween
Four Points by Sheraton Halifax
1496 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS
Buy Tickets
Join the mailing list to keep up-to-date.July 1, 2022 - 1 PM
Valley Communities Picnic
190 Exhibition Grounds Rd, Middle MusquodoboitJuly 5, 2022 - 2 PM
Dartmouth North Public Library - 2 PMJuly 6, 2022 - 2 PM
Bedford Public LibraryJuly 14, 2022 - 10:30 AM
Halifax Central LibraryJuly 15, 2022 - 2 PM
Sackville Public Library
August 26, 2022 - 11:30 AM
J. D. Shatford Memorial Public Library
Thursday Sept 1st - 8:20 PM
Halifax Fringe Festival
The Bus Stop Theatre
2203 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS
Buy Tickets
Saturday Sept 3rd - 3:00 PM
Halifax Fringe Festival
The Bus Stop Theatre
2203 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS
Buy Tickets
Tuesday Sept 6th - 8:20 PM
Halifax Fringe Festival
The Bus Stop Theatre
2203 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS
Buy Tickets
Saturday Sept 10th - 11:59 PM (midnight)
Halifax Fringe Festival
The Bus Stop Theatre
2203 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS
Buy Tickets
Sunday Sept 11th - 6:00 PM
Halifax Fringe Festival
The Bus Stop Theatre
2203 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS
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GIFT CERTIFICATESHere's how they work:1. You e-transfer $25 per ticket you desire to vravina@gmail.com. Include your email address in the accompanying message.Example: If you want 2 tickets, send me $50, along with "thoughtfulfriend@holidays.com" in the message box.2. I will send you a printable certificate to gift your uncle. It will contain a code that will work to buy tickets for any of my self-produced* 2024 shows. There will be one in nearly every month of 2024.(My self-produced shows are any of the shows that appear on my Eventbrite page. A show like the February 10 show at Chester Playhouse would not be included in this offer because Chester Playhouse is handling the ticket sales for that show and I have no ability to add my codes to their ticketing system.)End of steps.In addition to general admission tickets, the code will also work to purchase the reserved first row seats available at many of my shows**, which normally cost $30.Some venues do not lend themselves to first row reservations, so in a minority of 2024 performances, this option will not be available.Get in touch at vravina@gmail.com if you're interested or have any questions!

MODERN SCIENTIFIC FORTUNE-TELLING CARD RITUAL AND INTERPRETATIONS
by Eloise Fogel

Reading Ritual

Step One: The Sitter mixes the cards.Step Two: The Fortune Teller decides the number of cards to deal. Ask the Sitter to deal any number of cards between seven and thirty into a pile.Step Three: Instruct the Sitter to discard the undealt cards.Step Four: Instruct the Sitter to deal the chosen cards into three piles.Step Five: The top card of each pile represents a piece of the Sitter's future. Fortune Teller, use the interpretations below.

Card Interpretations

The Apple: This image represents rebirth and discovery. Your future contains exciting new possibilities.
Note: The Apple combined with the Blanks or the Door fortells a fortuitous event right around the corner. Good things are coming.
The Black Balloon: This image is a powerful omen that represents mortal peril and doom. Your future contains mortal peril and doom.The Blanks: Your future is unwritten and unwriteable. You can make of it what you will.The Book: This image represents knowledge. Your future contains illumination and epiphany.The Cactus: This image represents thirst. Your future contains yearning and striving.The Cloud and Lightning: This image represents sudden change. Your future contains a new and unexpected development.The Dagger: There will be a sharp dagger in your future.The Door: This image represents opportunity. Your future contains limitless possibilities.The Eye: This image represents self-reflection. Your future contains self-improvement.The Key: This image represents ingenuity. Your future contains creative solutions.
Note: The Key combined with the Cloud and Lightning is an omen of good luck. You will be prepared for anything life throws your way.
The Knife: There will be a sharp knife in your future.The Leaky Hat: This image represents unexpected problems. Your future will contain roadblocks.The Nose: This image represents wealth. Your future will contain opportunities to increase your wealth.The Planet: This image represents fate. The world is beyond our control and your future contains acceptance of this fact.The Sock Puppet: There will be a sock puppet in your future.
Note: The Sock Puppet combined with either the Tree or the Leaky Hat, is an omen of good fortune. The Sock Puppet combined with any other card is an omen of death or interdimensional demonic possession.
The Space Squid: This image represents love. Your future will contain new friendship or a new close relationship.The Toothy Void: This image represents inevitability. Your future will contain what it will contain and cannot be altered or foreseen.The Tree: This image represents new life. Your future will contain an infant or puppy.The Triangular Sun: This image represents conspiracy. Your future will contain paranoia.