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The International Brotherhood of Magicians

03 Oct

Clairvoyants on Cover of October Linking Ring

Category: News   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

 In the October issue of The Linking Ring, I.B.M. members can read about the rapid rise to worldwide fame by The Clairvoyants -- Thommy Ten and Amelie van Tass. Read about how they met, developed their act and have appeared all over the world. There are twenty-two photos over the eleven pages. They performed at the I.B.M. Annual Convention in San Antonio in July, so for them to then finish second, (they really should have been first) in America’s Got Talent, was a special treat for all of us who saw them live. 


Editor Sammy Smith devotes his column to the influences of teachers, and new I.B.M. President Oscar Munoz used his column to tell us about his experiences at the Texas Association of Magicians and Ring 25 (Great Britain) conventions. Appropriately, he thanks all the people who work behind the scenes, as well as the up-front people.


Now here’s an idea which should spread to other campuses. In “Smoke & Mirrors at Northwestern University,” Robert K. Miller describes a club started by two local Ring 43 members, which gets students involved in learning and performing magic for other students on campus. Read all about it, and then consider doing it at a college near you.


Criss Angel has a son with cancer. In an article entitled “Guardian Angel,” Simone Marron tells about his starting a foundation, and his holding a fundraiser at his theater on September 12 to raise funds for pediatric cancer research and treatment.


This month’s HOCUS POCUS PARADE comes from Paul Gordon, who gives us seventeen of his effects.


This is the last issue with continuing coverage of the I.B.M. Convention in San Antonio. This issue includes articles on the “Super Session,” “The Linking Ring Comes to Life,” the late night lecture on “Tragic Magic” by Joshua Jay, and two panel discussions, one with six magicians who were on Penn & Teller’s Fool Us television show, and another about the twenty-five-year history of the Mystery School, by Jeff McBride and Eugene Burger.


Other features in this issue include the news that John McClenahan has received the first Humanitarian Award from the Hospital Corporation of America; a report of “Magicpalooza” produced by the Florida Magicians Association in May; and “Magic’s Great Collaborator,” a fascinating article about some authors and books about magic. There are Ring Events this month from Ring 55 (Phoenix, Arizona); Ring 257 (Las Vegas, Nevada); and Ring 322 (Quezon City, Philippines),


The Linking Ring is honored to have a stellar lineup of columnists. This month, Kent Cummins tells us  about “Making Money With Magic,” in his column, MARKETING MAGIC; In “CUTTING UP JACKPOTS,” Bev Bergeron discusses “Magic for Children;” Scott Hood writes about a solution to “No latex” rules in hospitals in his THE THERAPY OF MAGIC column; and Skip Way devotes his column POLISHING THE RINGS to “Packaging Lessons.”


In THE CARD CORNER, Mike Powers shares his column with Chris Wilcox. They bring us “Four-Peat Deceit;”  Andrew Woo gives us, “The Elevating of OTL” in his SIMPLE DIVERSIONS column; Chris Beason turns over his SITUATIONALLY YOURS column to Josh Janousky, who give us “Alignment;” and In his AUTO-MAGIC column, Michael Breggar presents, “Coining MiraSkill.


In the popular Hocus in Focus column, there are reviews of eight new magic books, DVDs and tricks.  Eleven people are honored for their contributions to magic in this month’s Broken Wand. There are RING REPORTS from fifty-five Rings.


And please stop at each of the advertisements in this issue, and see what they have to offer. And when you contact them, please say you saw their ad in The Linking Ring. Here they are, from front to back.


The IBM-SAM Combined Convention July 12-15, 2017

“Only My Apocalypse,” by Harry Lorayne

I.B.M.-sponsored insurance

Potter & Potter Auctions -- The Magic Collection of David Baldwin

Show-Biz Services -- :The KornerSHORT” device

HappieAmp -- Amazing Amp BT

Murphy’s Magic Supplies

LaRock’s Fun & Magic Outlet -- Qualatex Balloons

Genii -- The Conjurors’ Magazine

HMK Insurance

The Magic Bakery -- Steve Dobson’s tatest projects

The Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle) -- LED snd neon tables, flash machine, etc.

SIndie Richison

International Magic Auction

Mogar Knives

Simply Magic


General Grant

Bradbury Books & Beyond (

Maxello Magic (

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