In the July 2013 issue of The Linking RIng we honor twelve magicians whose deaths we have learned about since the middle of May, when we published the list for June. We celebrate the lives of these men, who devoted much of their lives to bringing joy and laughter to other people. We thank all of those people who have helped honor these men by furnishing to us information (and photos) for these obituaries.
The Broken Wand which appeared in the February 2013 issue of The Linking Ring included obituaries for nineteen magicians, according to Broken Wand editor Dennis Schick. "This is a record number of obituaries for one month," said Schick, "but we had an unusually large number of deaths which were older than six months ago." The I.B.M. membership committee does a great job making contacts for membership renewals. Often that is when we learn of a member's death. But we do want to include these in the archives, as well as to give public notice of the deaths." As always, we ask anyone who hears of a magician's death, to notify the I.B.M. Office ASAP.
The Broken Wand in the November 2012 issue of The Linking Ring honors seven magicians and one magician's assistant. We publish the list here in order that friends might contact the surviving family members to express their condolences. Also, when we have been given the information, we include names and addresses of organizations to which memorial contributions may be made. We appreciate being notified of magician deaths. Please don't assume that someone else has notified the I.B.M. Headquarters.
The Broken Wand which will appear in the October 2012 issue of The Linking Ring, will pay tribute to five magicians who have died, with obituaries. We print these obituaries early, so friends can contact the families sooner. One of them died in 2011, and another in 2010. The I.B.M. Office only found out about their deaths recently. Once again, we ask everyone and anyone, to please report any death of a magician or magician's assistant, to the I.B.M. Office as soon as posible. Please don't assume we already know.
The Broken Wand for August, 2012, will be published in the August issue of The Linking RIng. That issue will be available to read in digital form on September 1, or to download in a PDF. The hard copies will follow shortly thereafter in the mail, usually by the tenth of the month. In the September Broken Wand we pay tribute to thirteen magicians, for their lives, and for bringing joy and laughter to many people during those lives. Here are those thirteen obituaries.