Ryan Pilling
Festival Founder

Veteran magician and event producer, originally from Calgary now living in Ottawa.

The WowFest Magic Arts Festival aims to present amazing magic shows for family and adult audiences, showcasing Canadian magic talent in a theatrical venue.

Originally launched in Calgary with the help of a program celebrating the city’s centennial, WowFest launched it’s first festival early in 2013. A small community center hosted a jam-packed weekend of magic, with help from the local Calgary community.

Every year we’ve hosted magic shows that share the best magicians from the local area and across Canada. Our Family Fun Magic Show presents amazing entertainment with affordable ticket prices, and supports local community groups and families in need with our ticket donation program.

In 2018, for our sixth annual festival, we were pleased to present our largest festival yet, entertaining nearly 1000 Calgarians on a blizzardy weekend, and raising $2730 for our partner charity Brown Bagging it For Calgary Kids.