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Topic: Is there much point in joining IBM in UK?
Message: Posted by: The Amazing Pog (Apr 21, 2013 07:00AM)

I'm in the UK. Is there much benefit in joining the IBM if I don't live in the US?
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Apr 21, 2013 08:41AM)
British Ring 25 is the largest Ring in the I.B.M. With around 1,000 members. The UK Ring hosts their own annual convention in September and past Ring President John Pye of Clitheroe is the current International President. The Ring also has its own magazine, The Budget, as a companion to The Linking Ring. They just hosted their annual formal Past Presidents Dinner this weekend, I believe. The British Ring is very active and prestigious. Beyond that, the choice is yours.

Message: Posted by: The Amazing Pog (Apr 22, 2013 06:41AM)
Thanks for the quick repsonse, Skip. I didn't realise the IBM was so big in the UK. All I hear of in the UK is the MAgic Circle. Are they in any way comparable? Obviously the MC is hard to join ...
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Apr 22, 2013 08:01AM)
I don't know how comparable they are. My understanding is that the two are mutually beneficial and supportive; as with any social and professional network. In fact, all of the I.B.M./U.K. members that I'm friends with are also Magic Circle members. With the help of my friends, I plan to apply for M.C. membership on my next visit to Great Britain.

From talking with my U.K. friends and peers, I believe that the Magic Circle is only a bit more difficult to join than the I.B.M.. In fact, networking with members of the I.B.M./U.K. may give you a step up in joining the M.C. by introducing you to potential M.C. sponsors. From there, the interview/audition process insures that the M.C. candidates maintain a certain level of magic competence. The M.C. membership process doesn't appear much different from our own prestigious Academy of the Magical Arts at the Magic Castle.

I strongly believe in and support the social and professional networking opportunities provided by our more prestigious magic organizations. The International Brotherhood of Magicians, Society of American Magicians, Academy of Magical Arts, Fellowship of Christian Magicians International, Canadian Association of Magicians, KIDabra International, and the Magic Circle (to name the top few) all offer unique opportunities at different levels for all devotees to magic.

Supporting them supports us all and conserves our art. As with any network, the more you give - the more you benefit.
Message: Posted by: The Amazing Pog (Apr 22, 2013 10:05AM)
Thanks for your quick response and good information. I will certainly look more into it; I think we could all benefit form more community in one way or another.
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Apr 22, 2013 02:39PM)
My pleasure, Pog. If you need a few good I.B.M. or M.C. references, let me know.