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Big Bad Baz
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Why do we have none magicians in a magic club???
steves7
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The Fellowship of Christian Ministries sounds too much like Fellowship of Christian Athletics. I would think that you would not want to sound like any other christian organization. The name does not really tell you that much about the type of ministry (Magic, juggling, etc. ) that is being done.
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It could be called the Fellowship of Christians then anyone can join. then all the magicians could give every magic secret away to anyone. COOL
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I joined because it's is suppose to be a fellowship of Christian magicians.
I would not have joined if it was anything else.
I also would not renew membership if it was anything else.
Basically because I have no interest in ballooning, chalk drawing, clowning etc, what so ever...

Fellowship of Christian Ministries is too vague. It's about Christian entertainment and teaching.
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Hmm .... if the posts on the name Fellowship of Christian Ministries is in reference to my post, then I think some of you need to read it again ... slowly Smile

here it is again ...

In Malaysia, we now have an FCM chapter (started last year) - while we still use the FCM logo etc. we are known more as the Fellowship of Creative Ministries.

So at this stage it's more like Fellowship of Creative Ministries (FCM) a.k.a. Fellowship of Christian Magicians. Most members I would say are the other creative arts with a handful of us who are more serious about magic / illusion.

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I am against a name change.

Most of the other arts already have a group/convention. For instance, there is a huge convention for Christian vents/puppeteers.

I would like to see more of an emphasis on magic from the FCM, so that Christian magicians have a "place" to call their own.

I am not against any of the other arts...and actually enjoy seeing them when well done.

The Fellowship of Christian Ministries is WAY too vague. There are tons of Christian ministries that have nothing to do with the performing arts, so it would create much confusion.
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I just wonder how you can have a Fellowship Of Christian Magicians chapter but call it Fellowship of creative ministers. The whole concept is we are Christians and magicians so why you feel the need to drop magic of Christian bit beats me. And why affiliate yourself with a group and change it's name and concept??

If people need a creative arts group then start one. I keep saying why join a magic group if your not a magician. I'm a Christian (Methodist) but I wouldn’t dream of joining the local mosque and asking them to change there name because I'm a Christian. However it would be fun just to see the reaction.
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*sigh* I hope this is not misudnerstood. Nothing personal etc.

This is what I posted ...

Personally I like the FCM as Fellowship of Christian Magicians since I am not into the other wonderful creative arts of puppetry, mime etc.
But it might be nice that FCM one day make some kind of name change concession to reflect the way FCM has grown over the years.
Many organizations (I can think for example of missions organisations with years of solid history and reputations)have changed their organization's names to better reflect the times.

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As a newwbie to the Fellowship of Christian Magicians I cannot comment on their history etc, but from what I have gathered, they have incorporated all kinds of creative ministries over the years under their umbrella name FCM.

As I have said, I am personally happy with the original name of FCM as Fellwoship of Christian magicians. In Malaysia, the person who put in 95 %of the hard work and his own money in promoting creative ministries and bringing in FCM to our country prefers to refer to FCM here as Fellowship of Creative Ministries to promote other forms of creative ministry in the church. It's an in house thing. No one here in this family is unhappy, and so I don't see the point of making the name a big issue.

My membership card is from the Fellowship of Christian Magicians signed by the President in the USA. None of us here have tried to change its name or initiate a take over etc. We are interested ins uch things. We are interested in learning creative things (and for me, magic) for use in ministry and to bless others and are grateful for the fellowship and partnership of some of the FCM members who have come over to help us.

My comments on the name change thread was simply an observation that many organizations (Christian and non-christian)have changed their names etc to reflect changing times. For FCM (USA / International) to include other creative ministries under their fold is their perrogative. I have no idea when it happened and the reasons behind it but I think that is a gracious move on their part to do so. Personally I have seen how some people have mixed magic effects creatively with clowining, ballooning, juggling and even mime.

I also think that a ministry or fellowship (both terms identified over here with Christian based groups / activities) need not need to have the term "Christian" in it for it to be Christian based. I think immediately of OMF (Now OMF International) and OM (Now Mobilsation Fellowship). No use of the term Christian but I don't think any Christian doubt their Christian commitment. Another organization ahd a magazine called "Brown Gold" and changed it to NMT@work to reflect the changing times.

Have a great day! It's Easter and I am exhausted and still have some ministry matters to attend to BUT it is a good day indeed for Christ is risen!
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Big Bad Baz
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I understand exactly what you are saying and there is obviously a need for a umbrella organization for a creative group of Christians. but FCM is a group of Christian Magicians, as magician we keep certain information to our selves this is to make our ministry have more impact, if everyone knew how we do stuff then our ministry has little impact. The FCM is a group for magicians, and it's important we have a forum/group were we can bounce new ideas and effects. Why People what to join a magic group and then change it is beyond my reasoning..
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I am opposed to any kind of change at any time at any place.
I don't even own a change bag and I change undergarments as rarely as possible. Smile
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I joined FCM because of the name. As a magician it appealed to me. I like the focus on magic because it meets my needs as a magician. I would hope we continue to have organizations with specialized interest areas such a magic. Having said that, I was also very pleased when I attended my first FCM national convention to see the variety. My wife, who is not a magician, found chalk art and loves it. I see the other arts for this organization as supportive arts. It allows families to go with the “magician in their family” and ALL have fun. With other magic groups my wife may feel left out, but with FCM she has a home WITH me. I like the name FCM. There are clown organizations where magic is supportive and not the focus.
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To stir debate:

Would a plumber join the Gasfitters association? Why would a non-magician join a magic club? Why stop at non magicians, perhaps we should invite Non-Christians?

The Fellowship of Religious Ministries perhaps?
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I'm not an FCM member, so take this as an outsider's point of view.

At first glance, I'm with those who say it should remain magic-only, otherwise, you end up with no purpose to the assembly. There are many useful arts. They don't all have to be in the same "club" with magic.

But, you run into a problem that there is a subsection to the "statement of faith" that includes this phrase "As a member of this fellowship, I commit myself to: (1) reaching lost souls and encouraging growth in the body of Christ through the use of such talents as magic, ventriloquism, and associated crafts....."

"Associated crafts" are there from the get-go, so this is a situation that is inevitable.

I have other issues with the statement, but that one is relevant to this discussion.
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After reading all these posts and thinking about all the ideas, I think I have the answer to all this. How about changing the name from the "Fellowship of Christian Magicians" to the "Christian Magician's Fellowship?" That way there can be a name change and still keep "magic" in the forefront! Smile

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I specifically belong to a Group Of Special Performers Entertaining Laymen (GOSPEL). Call the organization anything you want on paper as long as in spirit and service our hearts and efforts are focused and guided by The Master.
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I think the reason there are so many allied artists in FCM is because many of us (myself included) use more than just magic in our ministry.

I love going to an FCM convention and finding I can attend sessions on magic and on ventriloquism, or clowning, or balloons, etc.
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I should join it, thinking about it, whatever it is called.
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Not wanting to cause any hurt feelings, I feel I must chime in here. I think that the reason there are so few "real" magicians and young magicians in the FCM is that there is a dilution of the magic with all the related arts.

There is probably a fair amount of crossover from ballooners and clowns into a little magic. Most of that, I think, is the curiosity factor, or a desire to branch out a little. But - there is very little crossover in the other direction.

In a parallel example, our local IBM chapter has invited a local clown group to join our meetings from time to time, and it simply does not work. Some clowns have showed up at the occasional magic meeting, much to the private chagrin of most of our members. Conversely, NO magicians have attended the clown meetings.

To put it bluntly, I think that most serious magicians are disillusioned (heh-heh!) by the mix. They want heavy duty magic, and they want to find powerful ways to transmit their faith through it.

Again, my intent is not to alienate anyone. But, my sincere belief is that there should be a much greater focus on magic. If you were to take a poll of all magicians that join FCM, and then don't renew, I'm guessing that the majority would say that they were lured by the name, but left because we didn't live up to that name.
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