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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Giroux United Church / Philip’s Magical Paradise (Giroux, RM of Ste. Anne)

A small building at Giroux, in the Rural Municipality of Ste. Anne, was the former Giroux United Church that operated here from 1904 to 1987. After it closed, a local family converted the buliding into Philip’s Magical Paradise, a museum that specialized in the history of magic, dedicated to Philip Jason Hornan, a 15-year-old magician and escape artist who died of cancer on 27 September 1986. A fieldstone monument beside the building commemorates Philip.

The museum closed in September 2018.

The former Philip’s Magical Paradise

The former Philip’s Magical Paradise (March 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Philip’s Magical Paradise commemorative monument

Philip’s Magical Paradise commemorative monument (March 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.57371, W96.57076
denoted by symbol on the map above


Magical Paradise shares secrets for last time,” Steinbach Online, 10 September 2018.

We thank Beryth Strong for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 August 2021

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