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30 Jan

Update on Magic in Las Vegas for February, 2017

Category: News   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

Here's your monthly update on all the magic and magicians in Las Vegas, Nevada, the greatest contraction of magic in the world. Be sure to call each venue before going to make sure nothing has changed. Thanks to David Neubauer for providing this monthly update. Read More

18 Jan

Wife of Longtime Linking Ring Columnist Died 1/12/17

Category: Broken Wand   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

Violet Twaddle, the wife of Harold Twaddle, the longtime Chairman of the I.B.M. Sick and Convalescent column in The Linking Ring, died January 12, 2017, the day before her 82nd birthday. We print her obituary here because the Twaddles were longtime attendees at I.B.M. Conventions and made many friends who would like to know of her death. Read More

16 Jan

Ringling Brothers Circus to close in May

Category: News   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

In a shocking announcement to circus fans everywhere, it was announced January 14, 2017 that the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus would stop performing at the end of May. The word came from both an announcement from Kenneth Feld, the Chairman and CEO of the producing company, and in a news release from the company. Both are produced below. Read More

14 Jan

Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp closes

Category: News   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

In a post by Canada's Magic on Friday, January 13th, 2017, it announced that on the Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp's Webpage the day before, it had said that after two decades, the camp was officially closing. Following the announcement came many sad responses. Read More

13 Jan

Convention Rate Extended Until January 31st

Category: Convention   Posted by: SIMONE MARRON

Not registered yet for the I.B.M./S.A.M. Combined Convention? We have just extended the $395 early registration rate until January 31st. At that time, it will increase by $100. Save yourself some money and register NOW!! Read More

03 Jan

British Ring Featured in January Linking Ring

Category: Blog   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

It has been a tradition for many years for the largest ring in the International Brotherhood of Magicians -- Ring 25, The British Ring -- to be featured in the January issue. On the cover is the current president -- Clive Moore -- and members of Ring 25 wrote this month's Parade (the section which includes explanations of a number of magic effects. Of course the issue includes other features, as well as its regular columnists. Read More

21 Dec

Stanley Lobenstern Died December 15, 2015

Category: Broken Wand   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

Stanley Lobenstern, owner of the well-known Rabbit in the Hat Ranch magic store in Casselberry, Florida has died at the age of 83. His obituary will be in the Broken Wand of the January issue of The Linking Ring. Read More

21 Dec

14 People Honored in January Broken Wand

Category: Broken Wand   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

In the January issue of The Linking Ring, the monthly magazine of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, fourteen people are honored with obituaries in the Broken Wand. Among them is Stanley Lobenstern, owner of the Rabbit in the Hat Ranch magic mail order business; and Jacosa Kato, the step-daughter of Jonathan Pendragon and daughter of West Yardbrough McDonough. Read More

20 Dec

Bid on the Original Artwork for the December Linking Ring Cover on Ebay

Category: Blog   Posted by: SIMONE MARRON

The Linking Ring's fourth annual cover art auction is underway! Artist and magician Greg Edmonds created a unique watercolor for the December 2016 issue of the I.B.M.'s monthly journal. The original art is being auctioned on eBay, with all proceeds to benefit the Magicians' Support Fund. (This fund helps those recovering from natural disasters or illness.) Read More

05 Dec

December Linking Ring Cover Available to Buy

Category: Blog   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

The cover of the December 2016 issue of The Linking Ring is an original painting of a famous sculpture of a magician performing cups and balls -- and you can own it. I.B.M. member and artist Greg Edmonds created the original painting just for this cover, and to be auctioned off to raise funds for the I.B.M. Magicians’ Support Fund. Details of the original sculpture, painting, artist and Fund are given on pages 30 and 31. The hard copies of the issue will be in the mail shortly. I.B.M. members may access the issue on the I.B.M. Website by going to, and logging in. Read More