The International Brotherhood of Magicians, founded in 1922, is the world's largest (nearly 12,000 members worldwide) and most respected organization for professional and part-time professional magicians, hobbyists, collectors of magic apparatus and books and magic enthusiasts. Its more than 300 individual chapters are known as Rings.
Ring 43, founded in 1946, has had many outstanding magicians as members, including noted authors (see list below). Twenty-seven are listed in T.A. Waters' The Encyclopedia of Magic and Magicians, and seven served as I.B.M. International Presidents. Our limited edition 60th anniversary collectors' book, published in 2006, details our illustrious history and accomplishments.
Harlan Eugene Tarbell (1890-1960) was an American stage magician and illustrator of the early 20 century. He was the author of the definitive, multi-volume, Tarbell Course in Magic.
In 1911, Tarbell moved to Chicago to pursue a career in professional illustration. His work attracted the attention of magic company Read and Covert, hiring Tarbell to work on their illustrated, Catalogue of Superior Magical Apparatus.
Tarbell later discussed his teaching course philosophy, "There is a big difference between a magician and a man who does tricks...Fundamentally, the making of a magician is no different than the making of other professional people."
Tarbell lived in suburban Elmhurst the last 34 years of his life.
Click HERE for more details on the life and contributions of Harlan Tarbell to the world of professional magic.
Theo *Okito* Bamberg
Howard Bamman (p)
Eugene Bernstein (p)
John Brown Cook+
Clarke "The Senator" Crandall+
Werner *Dorny* Dornfield
Harry (King and Zorita) King
Frances Ireland Marshall+
Jerry Schnepp (p)
James Kater Thompson
Armando *Nick* Tomei
Don Wiberg (p)
Phil Willmarth+ (p)
+27 Listed in T.A. Waters The Encyclopedia of Magic and Magicians
(p) 7 Past International Presidents
It is essential as a magic community to support the organizations, and its members that support us. Listed below are a number of magic stores and organizations, helping foster a lifelong bond among magicians.
5082 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Steve Bryant's Little Egypt Magic
Magic Convention Guide
The Magic Cafe Forums
A Library of Illusions, Misdirections and Prestidigitation
70 YEARS OF MAGIC: IBM RING 43
PHOTO ALBUMS (Google)