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19 October 2020

IBM JAM : Ryan Pilling hosts "Inside The Ring"

Tuesday night (October 20th), join Ryan Pilling as he hosts the first episode of "Inside the Ring" as part of the IBM JAM series.   A little bird has told us that there's a good chance the first episode will include an appearance by Linking Ring columnist (and Canadian) Andrew Woo.

Keep an eye on the IBM Facebook page [] for details!


05 May 2020

Hidden Wonders in The Linking Ring

Congratulations to Shawn Farquhar who's show Hidden Wonders is featured in the May 2020 edition of The Linking Ring!

You can read Simone Marron's article "The Wonder of Hidden Wonders" starting on page 24.  

04 May 2020

Matt DiSero on the cover of The Linking Ring

Congratulations to Matt DiSero who is featured on the cover of the May 2020 edition of The Linking Ring!

You can read David Peck's article "Matthew DiSero: Celebrating Thirty Years in Showbiz" starting on page 16.  

20 March 2020

A letter from Alex Zander, IBM International President

From the IBM Facebook page:
*** Letter from the International President ***
I am reaching out to all members of the International Brotherhood of Magicians with important news as we talk #coronavirus, #conventions, and how to #KeepCalmAndPerformMagic
As the worldwide organization of magicians, we have been closely following the coronavirus outbreak, and want to assure that your health and the health of our communities come first. 
The IBM Convention is still months away, not until July 8-11th, 2020, and planning is in full swing. We are continuing to work hard to provide another exceptional gathering of talent and an unforgettable opportunity to learn from the true greats. If the virus continues to present issues in the months ahead, we will surely keep you informed of any changes, as we monitor the medical response in the United States, and will do our part keeping communities safe by respecting official event restrictions. 
We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh, PA July 8-11, 2020 for the magic convention of the year. For details, visit
With regards to Ring meetings, we cannot offer specific guidance about whether you should or should not meet because our Rings are located in diverse countries, states, provinces, regions, and communities. Rather, we urge you to follow the recommendations of your local/state or federal medical authorities and governments. Obviously, everyone’s safety is paramount and we are confident that you will do what is best for all concerned. 
We are here to support you however we can and will help you through this challenging time. We have been hard at work and ramped up our release date to proudly announce three exciting new projects this month:
- I.B.M. JAM Live- a Two-Week Facebook Live streaming event with new performers daily, featuring lectures/talks/JustAboutMagic sessions with Q&A from world renowned stars, experts, and creative forces in the world of magic like Jessica Jane Peterson,Harrison Greenbaum, Shawn Farquhar, Ryan Pilling, David Kaye, and many MANY more with over 14 world-class acts - all rallying together to spread joy in the face of adversity. See the full talent list, watch the Facebook Live stream and comment on IBM - International Brotherhood of Magicians @ 8:00pm Central Time. EVERYDAY March 22-April 4 2020. Then rewatch in the members-only area at!
- Free Landing Pages for Rings- this incredible offer is ready to be seized by your Ring to reach magic lovers in your area through local search results. Includes magic keywords and your customized Ring meeting location, contact info, and URL by city!Take a look at the live example sites at,, and soon to in your city too! Just email for your free Ring landing page, or visit for one of the best offers in web design with an I.B.M.-exclusive.
- - Free videoconference Ring meetings around the world and across your phone, tablet, or computer. We now provide free access to Rings and magic communities internationally to meet across distance. This can include an I.B.M. Host to facilitate the entire hosting process (no need to learn videoconferencing software!), introduce new performance ideas, workshops, creativity challenges, and bring in special guests and international stars of magic from our worldwide JAM Live sessions right to your local group! Visit today and register your next ring at
We continue to work around the clock to provide world-class benefits to our members and magic community, all at no extra cost, and hope you can join us for these exciting new projects to keep our communities strong at the world’s premier magic organization.
- Alex Zander
International President,
International Brotherhood of Magicians

11 February 2019

Billy Hsueh appointed IBM Territorial Vice President for BC

Congratulations Billy!  Thank you for all of your hard work.

From Billy Hsueh's Facebook page:
Excited to announce that I have been appointed the position of IBM - International Brotherhood of Magicians Territorial Vice President for British Columbia!

Thank you Murray Hatfield for your years of service! I hope to continue the good work you have done for the Vancouver Magic Circle, IBM Ring #92, the Victoria Magic Circle and the Fraser Valley Magic Circle.  

26 December 2018

Shelby Craigen recently featured by the IBM

From the Facebook page of the International Brotherhood of Magicians:

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18 November 2018

Linking Ring obituary for Erik Stefanyi (Stephany)

We previously mentioned the passing of BC's Erik Stefanyi.

Dennis Schick, the editor of the Broken Wand in the International Brotherhood of Magician's magazine, The Linking Ring, is graciously allowing me to pass this on to you.

Erik Stephany (Stefanyi), 23, of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, died September 9, 2018 from a tragic bicycle accident. He was a former member of the I.B.M. (2010-2015). He was a member of Ring 92 (Vancouver, British Columbia), and Ring 387 (Abbottsford, British Columbia). He joined the  I.B.M. at age fourteen. He began his magic education under the mentorship of Damien Carriere. While living in Chilliwack, he took his magic to the streets, pioneering the Chilliwack Busker Program. After moving to Kamloops to pursue his degree in theater, he continued to perform for a variety of groups in various venues. In addition to magic, he loved rock climbing, white water rafting, and geocaching with his family. He was an actor, poet and playwright. Survivors include his parents, Maude and Paul; and his brother, Gilles, and his fiancee, Emily Thibert. A Broken Wand Ceremony was performed in his honor.

06 July 2018

Alex Seaman in the Tri-City News

Congratulations Alex, on becoming the youngest in history to be installed as the International President-Elect of the International Brotherhood of Magicians!

From the July 4th article "Making magic on the international stage --Former Tri-City News paper boy delivers with his act" by Grant Granger in the Tri-City News:

Like many other kids, Zander got a magic kit when he was in kindergarten. But he lost interest in it quickly and put it away. The desire to pull the kit out of the closet didn't resurface until he was 11 years old when his family was on vacation in Victoria. They dropped into Tony's Trick and Joke Shop run by renowned magician Tony Eng. It had its fair share of the prankster staples like squirting nickels, hand buzzers and whoopee cushions. What little Alex couldn't take his eyes off of, though, was the Wall of Magic Wonders with all its oddities.

His parents and two younger brothers had other plans that day, but Alex didn't want to leave so they left him "with the magician dude."

Eng taught him a bunch of stuff, and by the time he exited he was the proud possessor of a deck of cards, sleight-of-hand sponge balls and other magic stuff. And he began to practise, practise and practise some more.

Read more.

06 February 2018

Alex Seaman, IBM nominee for International President-Elect

It seems like only last year, when we congratulated you on your then new position of Vice President of IBM!

Congratulations again Alex!  And thank you for all of your hard work.

From Alex's Facebook page:

21 January 2018

In Memory of Henry Muller

Recently we were notified by Dennis Schick, the editor of the Broken Wand in the International Brotherhood of Magician's magazine, The Linking Ring, of the passing of Henry Muller. Dennis is graciously allowing me to pass this on to you.


Henry Muller

MULLER, Henry -  Born July 12, 1930 in Hlohovec, Czechoslovakia, died at 1:45 pm on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Bella (Zucker) Muller, by his four children, Jerry (Sharon), Alice (Ben Zion), David (Joyce) and Michael (Adrienne), by his grandchildren, Elisha (Laura), Sara (Alan), Joseph (Keren), Tali (Jesse), Liat, Matan, Jacob (Aviva), Rachel, Rebecca, Isaac and Abraham, and by his great-grandchildren Nadia, Julia, Maya, Hannah, Daniel, Benjamin and Lily. Mr. Muller was the founder of Muller's Meats, Houdini Magical Hall of Fame, Cavalier Motel and the Niagara Industrial Mall, a respected businessman and entrepreneur and a lover of Niagara Falls, Canada. Funeral Thursday, March 2 at 1:00 pm at the Adas Israel Synagogue in Hamilton, Ontario followed by interment at Lundy's Lane Cemetery in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Henry Muller, cofounder of the Houdini Magical Hall of Fame, a public museum and tourist attraction operated in Niagara Falls, Canada, from 1968 to 1995, died on Feb. 28 in Hamilton, Ontario. He was 86 years old.
Muller, with Dr. Harold A. Stein, opened the Hall of Fame in May 1968 at 5019 Centre Street. The attraction housed many significant items from Houdini’s personal collection, including some of his childhood propsposters, a multitude of handcuffs and leg irons, a wooden packing crate he used for underwater escapes, and the famed Water Torture Cell.
Four years after opening, the Hall of Fame moved a half block southeast to 4983 Clifton Hill, into the old Victoria Park Railway Station, where it remained until it burned down 23 years later, on April 30, 1995. While some of the collection, including the Water Torture Cell, was destroyed in the fire, a lot of the paraphernalia survived and exists in many private collections.

Heartfelt condolences to Henry’s wife, Bella, and the rest of the family.

04 September 2017

[Guest post] The "Magicians Support Fund" by IBM

The following is from Dennis Schick, the editor of the Broken Wand in the International Brotherhood of Magician's magazine, The Linking Ring:
 Hello fellow magicians:

    There likely will be magicians in the very-active world of magic in Houston, Texas and throughout the Gulf Coast, who will need all the help they can get in coming weeks and months. Since the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the resulting floods was still taking place as the September issue of The Linking Ring was going to press, I had the idea of asking I.B.M. members — and other magicians — to give to the Magicians Support Fund, anticipating those needs. I was able to get a request for funds in that issue.

    The Magicians Support Fund was started almost exactly twelve years ago, in response to another natural disaster — Hurricane Katrina, in 2005. The late Phil Wilmarth, then editor of The Linking Ring; Past I.B.M. International President Michael Stratman (2002-03); and then-IBM President Roger Miller, got the idea of an independent fund to help fellow magicians in need.

    Indeed, the fund did help a number of magicians who suffered in various ways from Katrina, and has continued to help other magicians since then. The fund is not an official activity of the I.B.M., and magicians do not need to be an I.B.M. member to benefit from it. “This is a magicians-helping-magicians fund,” said Stratman, who continues as chairman of the committee.

    At this time the Fund is not tax-deductible (although it may become so if someone volunteers to take it over and do the paperwork). Requests for help can come directly from a magician, or can come from someone who knows of a need. The committee will consider every request.

    “Right now we need donations to build up the fund,” says Stratman. “We can’t give it away if we don’t have it. Magicians are a generous lot, and now is the time to show it.” Please send check donations — and requests for help — to:

Mike Stratman
Magicians Support Fund
126 Coyatee Circle, Louden, TN 37774.

    Contact Stratman at mikestrat4 @ aol . com for more information.

17 July 2017

Alex Seaman: IBM International Vice-President

Congratulations Alex.  Thank you in advance for your hard work!

From Alex Zander's Facebook page:

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04 July 2017

Canadians competing at IBM SAM 2017

A little bird has told me that four Canadians will be competing at the upcoming IBM-SAM Combined Convention.

Keep an eye out for Philippe Theriault, Nicky Circelli, and Nicolas Dutel (stage), and Chris Bruce (close up) who all made the preliminary judges’ selection to compete for IBM and SAM prizes plus a chance to obtain a spot to compete at FISM 2018 in South Korea!

Joan Caesar is  a co-chair of the competition, along with Vinny Grosso, Past President of the SAM.

Break a leg Canada!

[With thanks to Joan Caesar for sending me the information.]

02 July 2017

Canadians at IBM SAM 2017

The IBM-SAM Combined Convention is coming up July 12th to 15th!

Canadian roll call please!

So far, I've got:
  • Julianna Chen (stage and lecture), 
  • Jay Sankey (close-up and lecture), 
  • Murray Hatfield and Teresa (stage and lecture), and 
  • The Outerbridges (stage and lecture).

Who'd I miss?

From Ted Outerbridge's Facebook page:

06 February 2017

Alex Seaman, IBM Vice President

Congratulations Alex!

From Alex Seaman's Facebook page:

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27 January 2017

Billy Hsueh on IBM's Executive Committee

Congratulations Billy!

From Billy Hsueh's Facebook page:

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14 May 2016

Request: Benevolence of Magic

The following is from Dennis Schick, the editor at the International Brotherhood of Magician's magazine, The Linking Ring:
Dennis Schick, Assistant Editor of the IBM’s monthly magazine, The Linking Ring, has been writing a series of articles on the Benevolence of Magic since the December 2012 issue. To date, he has highlighted over forty giving-back projects and activities of individual magicians as well as groups and organizations. Many are various kinds of fund-raising; others are simple acts of bringing joy and laughter to people in need, such as orphan children or senior citizens. Projects so far range from Kevin Spencer’s Healing of Magic and Magicana’s Sharing Wonder, to Magicians Without Borders, Magic is Medicine, and Michael Finney’s Foundation. If you do or know of good examples of magic used for good causes, please contact Dennis at crylds [at] att [dot] net* as soon as possible. 

Alternately you may post examples of your magical good deeds in the comments below, and I'll be sure to e-mail Dennis directly!

* Email formatting by Canada's Magic to discourage e-mail harvesters.

19 July 2015

Alex Seaman - 2016 IBM Executive Committee Member

From the IBM Facebook page:

2016 I.B.M. Officers and new Executive Committee Members inducted into office yesterday at the I.B.M. General Membership...
Posted by IBM - International Brotherhood of Magicians on Friday, 17 July 2015

22 June 2015

It's official! Welcome to Ring 62!

This was mentioned briefly in February, but now there's paperwork to back it up!

From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:

One more Ring for the IBM and it's in Canada. The first time an IBM Ring has been in Montreal in more than FORTY YEARS!...
Posted by Shawn Farquhar on Wednesday, 17 June 2015