I’ve been travelling at the end of this month, and I’m afraid I’ve been procrastinating drafting this letter. In fact this is my second completely different draft of trying to say what I want to say. In my first draft I was making some rather esoteric statements about why we’re magicians and what ‘magic’ we deliver to the world. Though I do think that it’s pretty great that as magicians we are able to bring joy, mystery, laughter, and wonder to the world – I thought I’d rather be less artistic and more straightforward in my writing.
I just returned from Columbus, Ohio where I attended the Magi-Fest Convention for the first time. A panel discussion was held during the convention about magic clubs and what the future of magic clubs will be. Some of my own thoughts on this subject have been addressed in the last year in this space of the newsletter, and it was informative to hear how various clubs around North America and the World operate. The bottom line, is that clubs serve a great purpose and we get something from a club that we can’t get elsewhere. Clubs thrive on passionate and involved members.
Traditions are important. I had a great time at our Annual Stage Magician of the Year Banquet and Competition. Constant innovation is important, but I do believe these traditions are an important part of what makes a club special, and why we want to belong to clubs.
Community is important. We are a magic family. Sure, we can argue and we can disagree…but we can ultimately unite in our passion for our magical art. This community was tested this past week when we received the news that one of our longtime members untimely passed away.
Laird Wilcox has been a longtime member of our Ring and a longtime contributor to the pages of this newsletter. Laird was passionate about magic and specifically about cards. He cared deeply for the Ring and wanted it to continue to prosper. He emailed me about a week ago to discuss a card related project that he wanted to work on for the Ring. The passion and dedication that Laird had for magic, for our Ring, and for our magic community will be missed.
I encourage you to come to the February meeting – which will be a Card Corner in honor of Laird’s column– and share something!
All the best,
Ring 129 President