Ring 23 was chartered by the International Brotherhood of magicians on December 11, 1941, just 4 days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. 20 people were listed as charter members and had their first meetings at Snyder's Magic Shop. In 1942, members voted to be know as The Blackstone Ring in honor of Harry Blackstone Sr.
The club has sponsored various contests over the years. The annual close-up and stage contests were started in the mid 70's by Program Director, Neil Rozum. They continue to be popular as he is still the Program Chairman today. Many of our members have also competed in convention competitions and have returned with first place awards.
Magic lectures are another popular club activity. In the mid 70's the club sponsored one lecture per year. Today as our membership and treasury has grown, so does the number of lectures we have per year.
The Cleveland magic scene has always been a fairly active one. Besides our I.B.M. Ring, we have a S.A.M. Assembly and a Society of Young Magicians (S.Y.M.) Assembly. Next time you visit Cleveland, we invite you to join in the fun at one of our events and thank you for visiting our website.