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24 Jul

13 People Ponored in August 2017 Broken Wand

Category: Broken Wand   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

The Broken Wand in the August 2017 issue of The Linking Ring pays tribute to thirteen people. The thirteen represent a more diverse group than has been included in the Broken Wand in a long time. Among them are two women (Helen Grabel and Edna Scott), and five from outside the United States (Singapore, New Zealand, England, Canada and Scotland). Read More

24 Jul

Only 7 Days Left for the EARLY BIRD Rate for the 2018 I.B.M. Convention

Category: Convention   Posted by: SAMUEL PATRICK SMITH

Prices have been rolled back for the 2018 I.B.M. Convention taking place on July 4-7,in Grand Rapids, Michigan. But....hurry, as these rates will not last! In seven more days, this amazing price of $230 for an international convention will be gone. Don't wait....BOOK NOW! Read More

21 Jul

August Update on Magic in Las Vegas

Category: Blog   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

It is nearing the end of July, so I have been looking for an update on magic and magicians in Las Vegas from our friend David Neubauer. Sure enough, today brought David's monthly e-mail with everything you need and want to know about magic in Sin City USA. He updated everything July 21. Be sure to call each venue before you go since things do change from time to time. Read More

20 Jul

2017-18 I.B.M. Officers and Board Announced

Category: Blog   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

At the I.B.M./S.A.M. Combined Convention July 12-15, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky, the officers and board for 2017-2018 were announced. Included were Bob Patterson as International President and Michael Finney as President-elect. Read More

15 Jul

Day 5 IBM/SAM Convention closes on a high note

Category:   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

After five days of nearly twenty-four-hour, wall-to-wall magic, the 2017 Combined Convention of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians, came to an end sometime after midnight Saturday, July 15 in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Whether this was “The best magic convention ever,” remains to be seen. It will take several days of reflection to compare it with previous conventions. But the immediate widespread opinion was that this was, indeed, “one of the best magic conventions anytime, anywhere.” Read More

15 Jul

IBM/SAM 2017 Convention contest winners named

Category:   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

Most of the winners from the Stage and Close-up Contests at the IBM/SAM Combined Convention have been identified. Winners were announced at a special ceremony Saturday evening, one of the concluding events of the five-day convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Only missing is the complete list of people chosen to represent North America at FISM. These will be posted as soon as the list is released. Read More

14 Jul

DAY FOUR IBM/SAM convention fills every magic need

Category:   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

On the fourth day of the 2017 Combined Convention of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians, there was truly “something for everyone.” There were longevity recognitions, and competitions, and dealers, and lectures, and a banquet, and an evening magic show, and four lectures, and an invisible meeting. Read More

13 Jul

DAY 3 IBM/SAM convention continues everything

Category:   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

So what can you say about the third day of a major magic convention except: “More of the same!” That means the I.B.M./S.A.M. Combined Convention has continued in its third day with more meetings, more lectures, more competition, and more dawn-to-midnight and wall-to-wall magic. Official I.B.M. Photographer Michael Messing continues to capture the full spirit of the convention, and we include some of his work here. Watch for more photos and full reviews in the next three issues of The Linking Ring. Read More

13 Jul

Day 2 of I.B.M./S.A.M. Convention packed with magic

Category:   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

From Sunrise to Sunset, the second day of the Combined Convention of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians was full of magic. Returning to the Galt House in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, over one thousand magicians gathered for their annual overdose of all things magic -- from lectures and receptions to stage contests and a gala evening show. Read More

12 Jul

IBM/SAM Convention opens in Louisville, Kentucky

Category: News   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

The 2017 Combined Convention of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians opened Tuesday, July 11, with a Big Bang. While many people consider Wednesday as the First Day of the convention, tell that to the hundreds of people who started coming to downtown Louisville, Kentucky on SUNDAY (and more on MONDAY and TUESDAY). Watch for daily previews and reviews here. Then watch for complete coverage in coming issues of The Linking Ring. Read More