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02 Sep

September Linking Ring Tells of Banned Trick

Category: Blog   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

Many magicians have appeared at the Magic Castle, but Ron Saylor holds a unique distinction. Following his performance there last December, his opening effect was banned. . Read all about it in his cover story, by Simone Marron.

The 2016 I.B.M. Annual Convention in San Antonio over the Fourth of July Weekend, was so large that coverage of it has been spread over several issues. It began in the August issue and continues in September, with features (including lots of photos), about the Order of Merlin Breakfast, photos of the four levels of Merlin Awards, reviews of all the lectures, and an article about the convention opening session, a special lifetime salute to Johnny and Pam Thompson. Minutes of the I.B.M. Business Meeting are also included this month. 


Editor Sammy Smith talks in his column about the several 25th Anniversaries which happened this year, and new I.B.M. President Oscar Munoz used his first column to tell us about his whirlwind first month or so in office.


There were sixteen people at this year’s I.B.M. Convention who work in one way or another for The Linking Ring. So they got together for a group photo and it is included on a page, along with the names and duties of all the people who were not at the convention. At least one of the people was late (the photo had to be rescheduled from the day before), and had to be photoshopped in. Guess which one. 


Dale Salwak, one of those Linking Ring people, got to meet Dick Van Dyke at The Magic Castle, and writes about that rare opportunity.


Ring Events are longer reports (with photos) of what some Rings have been doing, contrasted with the shorter Ring Reports at the end. There are RIng Events this month about Ring 43 (Chicago, Illinois), Ring 55 (Phoenix, Arizona), Ring 115 (Singapore), Ring 122 (Boston, Massachusetts), and Ring 175 (Tampa, Florida).  


The Linking Ring has some of the best columnists anywhere, and month after month they come up with thoughtful, interesting and useful material. Here they are with their columns this month: Old pro Bev Bergeron discusses “Patter Parade” in his “CUTTING UP JACKPOTS;” in MARKETING MAGIC, Kent Cummins gives us his “Marketing Magic Checklist,” a valuable tool for every magician; Scott Hood continues his discussion of “Therapeutic Magic,” in THE THERAPY OF MAGIC; Skip Way continues urging us to do a better job of encouraging aspiring magicians in POLISHING THE RINGS, with “Finding the Unity in Community;” and Mike Powers turns his THE CARD CORNER over to Greg Chapman, who brings us another “ACAAN.”  


In his NUMISMAGIC column, Jean-Emmanuel Franzis allows Eric Roumestan of France to describe “Deceptive Reality;” SIMPLE DIVERSIONS by Andrew Woo is entitled “Photo Redone” this month; Chris Beason brings us “Refund” in his column, SITUATIONALLY YOURS; and in his AUTO-MAGIC column, Michael Breggar gives us “Drawn Conclusion.” Great job, one and all.


The HOCUS POCUS PARADE this month is brought to us by John S. Roberts, from Virginia. He brings us ten of his original effects.  In addition, there is a PARADE BONUS -- “Ram’s Impossible Teleportation,” created by Ramiro A. Rivas. And there is another bonus this month, a Magic Crossword Puzzle by Dr. Steven Schlanger.


The HOCUS IN FOCUS column each month brings us reviews of some of the new magic products on the market. In the September issue there are eight books, DVDs and effects reviewed. In the BROKEN WAND, tributes are paid to six magicians whose deaths the I.B.M. learned about since last month. 


There are sixty-eight RING REPORTS this month.  Do not skip these! There is a ton of good information in these reports -- everything from meeting themes and ideas for fun and games at Ring meetings, to names of lecturers, ways to raise funds for good causes, and ways your Ring can give back to the community.


Don’t forget to stop on every page and see what our advertising supporters have to say. Please tell them you saw their ads in The Linking Ring.

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