JOHN TEO performs all types of magic: from children’s shows to corporate magic, from magic with a touch of comedy to serious magic of the human mind. He likes to involve the spectators in his performances. John particularly enjoys taking the principles of magic and applying them to whatever he is presently doing. Presently, John is a free-lance management trainer, and he frequently uses magic to bring out important learning points in the topics that he lectures on. John is a member, of the Order of Merlin, of the I.B.M. He is also the Territorial Vice-President (since 1985) for the country of Singapore where he resides, and the President of the Singapore Ring 115 (since 1989). John is married to Betsy, who assists him in his magical performances, and Betsy is also a performing magician in her own right. They both have two teenage children.
STEVE THOMAS has been an IBM member since 1989. He normally performs platform and stage comedy magic, and is also a very well-accomplished and well-known balloon artist. While twisting in restaurants, Steve does some closeup magic for his regular customers. By trade, Steve is a Dangerous Goods Specialist for FedEx at the Memphis World Hub, working nights and sleeping (a little) during the day! He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, and will travel as far North as Jackson, Tennessee and as far South as New Orleans (his very favorite place to visit) to perform his magic. Steve served two terms as president of Ring 98, the Gene Grant Ring of the IBM in Jackson, Mississippi. He says he got elected by showing up late to a meeting back in the early 90's! That ring has recently become active again. He also attends meetings at Ring 16, the Society of Memphis Magicians, a very active and long-lasting IBM ring. Steve's wife is an algebra teacher in middle school (we used to call it junior high) and two children -- a wonderful daughter who's absolutely brilliant and 17, and an equally-bright mischievous son who's now 13! Two cats, Phred and Ethel and a really strange dog named Sophie!
JOE TURNER is a corporate magician based in Atlanta. He joined the IBM in 1998 and is a member of the Ring 9 Board of Directors. In addition to serving as the Territorial Vice President for the state of Georgia, he has served on the Membership Committee and has contributed to numerous articles in The Linking Ring. Joe is perhaps best known to most magicians for his bimonthly review column in Genii magazine. He performs close-up and stand-up conjuring and mental magic for meetings, trade shows, and other corporate and private events across the United States. He performs annually at the Magic Castle and at other magic venues around the country. Joe and his wife Rosemary have a daughter, Hayley, and a son, Preston. Visit Joe online at www.joemturner.com.
HAROLD TWADDLE and his wife, Vi, reside in Toledo, Ohio. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Harold is a retired printer for The Toledo Blade Newspaper, where he ran Linotype machines and helped lay out the newspaper. He has been an active member of the I.B.M. since 1949 and connected with Ring 68 for over 50 years. Harold serves as Chairman of the Sick and Convalescent Committee and compiles the "Hav-A-Laff" bulletin, for over 25 consecutive years. This is a compilation of humor, jokes and stories, sent to those members recovering from their ailments and need a little cheer. He also serves on the Fleming Memorial Committee. His expertise is comedy magic and he performs as "The Magic of Harold Twaddell" or "A Clown Named Homer" for over forty years with balloons and magic. Homer has entertained at the German American Festival in Toledo for over three decades.
SCOTT WELLS has a background in magic that spans over 30 years. Scott Wells is a full-time performer, publisher, author, dealer, teacher, lecturer, collector, designer, artist, and friend to magicians the world over. He is a co-founder of two I.B.M. Rings and currently is the Territorial Vice President for South Texas. He served on the I.B.M. Board of Trustees and has been the Chairman of the Convention, Facilities, and Site Selection Committees for the I.B.M. Scott is a life member of the Society of American Magicians and life member of London’s Magic Circle where he holds the degree of Associate of the Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star. He was the President of the Texas Association of Magicians in 2000 when he chaired the annual convention in Dallas, TX and he received the prestigious 2002 Magician of the Year award from the Society of American Magicians Assembly 19 and the Houston Association of Magicians. Website: http://www.ScottWells.com E-Mail Address: Scott@ScottWells.com
BILL WELLS has been a member of the I.B.M. since 1963. He served as International President in 1982-83, and has been a member of the Board of Trustees for 30 years. During this period he has served on a numerous committees including 16 years on the Convention Committee and is responsible for many convention innovations. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Management Team and served on the team for 8 years. Bill was awarded an Honorary Life Membership in 1990. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Desert and World Magic Seminars for 24 years. Bill enjoys magic history and close-up magic best but has performed parlor and stage magic as well during the 60 years magic has been his primary avocation. He is a retiree of the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
JACK WHITE, in his 42-year career, is a well known San Diego television personality. He has covered just about every kind of hard news story to come along, and hundreds of feature stories. In a testament to his professionalism, Jack has been called the most trusted journalist on Southern California television. His work has brought him praise from all corners of the news industry and multiple awards. These awards include an Emmy, five Golden Mike Awards, The Mark Twain Award for Writing, the Associated Press Award for Best Newscaster, and numerous Press Club awards. Jack loves the art of magic and has been a member of the I.B.M. for many years. He served as I.B.M. International President, 2009-10. He has shared his knowledge and his collection of vintage magic with scholars and magic hobbyists alike. Jack has been a collector all his life and has amassed a vast library of books and old 16mm movies. One of his special hobbies is still photography, and these days Jack can be found with a camera in hand or looking through the viewfinder. Jack operates his own television production company, which, among other projects, produces television shows and commercials. Recently Jack served as the technical advisor for the DreamWorks motion picture, “Anchorman”. He has appeared in a number of feature films, most recently in the film “Crowned and Dangerous” with Jasmine Bleeth. Jack is married and lives with his wife, Lynn, who is the Marketing Director for the San Diego Blood Bank.
DON WIBERG. International President 1984-85 and International Secretary, Don has been a continuous member of the I.B.M. since 1953. He has served on the Board of Trustees since the 1970’s. He presently serves as the International Secretary. His interest in magic goes way back to when he was 10 years old. While other kids were playing doctor, he was playing magician. Through high school and college he worked at Riley's Trick Shop, a Chicago institution. He also worked for Frances Ireland Marshall’s “Magic Inc.” where he mentored the junior magic club and worked as a demonstrator. After college, Don taught machine drafting and architectural drafting. He also taught Engineering Graphics as an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, City Community Colleges and Computer Aided Drafting at the Moraine Valley Community College. Don and his wife Joyce will celebrated their 50th anniversary in July 2010. They performed their comedy act at the 1975 I.B.M. Convention in Little Rock, at Abbott's Get-Together, the Houdini Convention and on several occasions at the St. Louis Midwest Magic Jubilee. In addition, over the years he has performed for many Chicagoland corporations. More recently, He was part of the group of magicians who entertained at the inauguration dinners of President George W. Bush in 2001. He has worked for Mark Wilson both in Mark’s illusion show and for Magical Productions, a trade-show company. For a number of years, Don and Joyce performed for the Coronet Producing Company, producers of children's shows. He also performed as Corny the Clown for the Corn King Meat Company, a division of Wilson & Co., and as the resident performer for a company that produced corporate picnics. In addition to his involvement with the I.B.M., he and Joyce are active docents for the Chicago Architecture Foundation. They conduct architectural tours on the Chicago River, bicycle and Segway tours along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront and a number of walking tours of downtown Chicago. They enjoy their retirement from teaching but have found numerous ways tof keep active. They’ve traveled to many foreign countries and have made friends all over the world due to their involvement in the world of magic and in the I.B.M.
PHIL WILLMARTH resides in Durham, North Carolina with his wife Frances (Robbie) Willmarth. Together they have four children and nine grandchildren. He served as the International President of the I.B.M. (2007-8); and served as Executive Editor/Business Manager, The Linking Ring (1992-2007). His magic credits include: M.I.M.C. with Gold Star; The Magic Circle, London, England; F.F.F.F. Board Member 1990 to present; member of the Society of American Magicians; Member, Magic Collector's Association; Past President Mazda Mystic Ring Chicago; Magic Consultant for NC Ballet 2001-2002, Chapel Hill Ballet 2001, World Book Encyclopedias, Editorial Directions, Inc. Compass Point Books. Phil received the Academy of Magical Arts Literary Fellowship in 2007. He has performed and lectured at conventions in Canada, England, Mexico, and for magic organizations throughout the United States. Phil has authored The Magic of Matt Schulien, Fun with a Handkerchief, The Ring and Rope Book, Trevor Lewis Close-Up, the Jim Ryan series (4 volumes), and published four booklets by Eugene Burger (Audience Involvement, Secrets and Mysteries, Intimate Power, Burger on Schulien's Card Discoveries).