ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF MAGICIANS (IBM) AND RING 43

 

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.

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Harlan Tarbell, Ring 43 Chapter namesake

 

About Harlan Tarbell

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.

LIST OF PROMINENT MEMBERS PAST AND PRESENT

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Don Alan+
Bert Allerton+
Simon Aronson
Theo *Okito* Bamberg
Howard Bamman (p)
Martin Barnett
Joe Berg+
Sam Berland+
Eugene Bernstein (p)
Jeff Bibik
Billy Bishop
Roy Blass
Arthur Buckley+
Eugene Burger+
John Brown Cook+
George Coon
Ralp Cote
Clarke "The Senator" Crandall+
Werner *Dorny* Dornfield
Tommy Edwards
Jack Gwynne
Eddie Hidson
Laurie Ireland+
Dick Jarrow
George Johnstone
Harry (King and Zorita) King
Mark Kornhauser+
Mike Kozlowski
Jerry Loe
Bill Malone
Frances Ireland Marshall+

Jay Marshall+
John Measner
Clettis Musson
Terry Nosek
Danny Orleans
Joe Palen
Bob Parrish+
Janny Paul+
Johnny Platt+
Graham Putnam
Jack Pyle
Jim Ryan
Jerry Schnepp (p)
Chic Schoke
Al Sharpe+
Jim Sherman
John Shirley
Roger Siegel
Jim Steinmeyer
Julius Sundman
Peter Tappan
Harlan Tarbell+
James Kater Thompson
Johnny Thompson+
Armando *Nick* Tomei
Vic Torsberg
Russ Walsh+(p)
Don Wiberg (p)
Phil Willmarth+ (p)
+27 Listed in T.A. Waters The Encyclopedia of Magic and Magicians
(p) 7 Past International Presidents

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Additional Information, Resources

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.

Magic Inc.
5082 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
(773) 334-2855
http://magicinc.com

Ash's Magic
4955 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
(773) 271-4030
http://ashs-magic.com

Mercy Me Magic
(847) 232-3000
http://mercymemagic.com

The International Brotherhood of Magicians
http://magician.org

Have You Ever Heard Of...?
http://magicinc.net/haveyoueverheardof

Little Jack's Corner
http://magicinc.net/littlejackcorner.aspx

Steve Bryant's Little Egypt Magic
http://littleegyptymagic.com

Magic Convention Guide
http://magicconventionguide.com

Magicpedia
http://geniimagazine.com/magicpedia/Magic_Pedia

The Magic Cafe Forums
http://themagiccafe.com/forums/index.php

A Library of Illusions, Misdirections and  Prestidigitation
http://conjuringarts.org