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Allan Slaight Relief Fund for Professional Magicians


And just like that, the Canadian magic industry has vanished.

In response to difficult and devastating times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for magicians who work in the gig economy, the Slaight Family Foundation has pledged to help.

The Foundation recognizes the strain of monthly bills mounting with no work in the immediate future, quite possibly for several months. To contribute during these trying times, the Foundation has established the Allan Slaight Relief Fund of $150,000 to help defray cost-of-living expenses incurred by professional Canadian magicians. The Slaight Family Foundation has partnered with Magicana to administer the payment of funds to applicants who meet eligibility.

The relief fund was initiated to help with monthly costs, such as telephone, utility and grocery bills, up to a maximum of $500 per application. Because of the uncertainty of how long we must maintain strict social distancing, applicants can reapply for assistance thirty days after receiving a prior payment, until the fund is depleted. If you wish to contribute to the relief fund, you can donate here.

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanet resident, living in Canada, working as a full-time professional in magic with at least three years of experience, you are eligible for funding assistance. We understand that many magicians are semi-professionals. We would, however, ask that applications at this time be reserved for those who rely on magic as their sole source of income. 

To submit an application or to reapply, follow the buttons below. We strongly suggest that you start by reading the tips page first, which provides some guidance on making the application process easier.

The Allan Slaight Relief Fund for Professional Magicians is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Slaight Family Foundation.