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The International Brotherhood of Magicians

30 Jun

Oscar Munoz is on July Linking Ring cover

Category: Media Magic   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

In addition to the cover story on the new International President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, other feature stories in the July 2016 issue of The Linking Ring, include: a first-hand report from the unusual annual gathering of performing artists at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California; an article on the third season of the Masters of Illusion; and Steve Cohen’s personal reporting on the 90th birthday party he gave for Harry Lorayne. New President Oscar Munoz devotes his first column to some of the things he hopes to accomplish during the next year; and Editor Sammy Smith tells of his youth experiences with crabbing and relates them to real-life relationships.


The Linking Ring is admired for its stellar stable of columnists. Here is what they bring to us this month: Veteran Bev Bergeron continues sharing magic history by talking about “Assistant to the Magician, Part One” in his column, CUTTING UP JACKPOTS. In his column EXPERIMENTS IN THEATRE, John Tudor tells us about  “One Card Pete,” a funny rhyming story about a card cheat who just can’t win. In THE THERAPY OF MAGIC, Scott Hood brings us “Therapeutic Magic,” relating the ten PALS (Principals of Adult Learning) he has used in his workshops over the years, and how they apply to therapy. Skip Way is still POLISHING THE RINGS, and this month he brings us “Delightful Deviations,” some tips on mentoring. In his MARKETING MAGIC column, Kent Cummins talks about -- what else? -- “Modern Marketing Magic,” a primer on social media. Don’t skip this one; you need to know this stuff!


The always-popular HOCUS POCUS PARADE this month is by the folks at the Fred Kaps Ring 78, the first Parade by the Ring. Eight members contributed.the sixteen effects. And the HOCUS IN FOCUS section delivers reviews of eleven new books, DVDs and tricks.


In July, Mike Powers turns over his THE CARD CORNER to Tom Kracker, whose contribution is called “Spread Crimp Control.” Jean-Emmanuel Franzis gave his NUMISMAGIC column to Bill Wells, who edited “Winged Copper Silver.” In THE EXPERT AT THE TECH TABLE, Jeff Prace reveals his “Unplugged v.1” at the request of readers. Chris Benson discusses some tips regarding magic and comedy, and devoted his SITUATIONALLY YOURS column to “Chapstuck,” a utility device you can make. AUTO-MAGIC by Michael Breggar, brings “Self-fulfilling Prophesy.”


This month the BROKEN WAND includes seven obituaries -- including two we heard about the week before publication. In addition, there are two In Memoriams, to long-time I.B.M. members Michael Woolf and Olive Fletcher..


There are ring reports from seventy-four rings this month, and other popular features such as the Pictures From the Past, and the Youth Trivia Contest. And don’t forget all the interesting and informative advertisements. The ads help support the I.B.M. and its monthly magazine. Please visit their Websites, and tell them you saw their ad in The Linking Ring!


If you read this before the I.B.M. Convention the first weekend of July, please thank all those who make The Linking Ring possible. It is a true Labor of Love for all of them, and we all benefit from their long hours and dedication.

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