We meet once a year at our Annual Convention held in September where magicians from around the world gather to entertain and instruct us. For details of this year’s convention venue and details of artistes appearing click the Convention button. At the Convention we have three competitions, The British Ring Shield Competition for Stage performers, The Zina Bennett Trophy for Close-up performers and The Ali Bongo Micro Magic Marathon. For details of previous winners click here and for previous convention venues click here. For last minute Convention announcements and additions click here.
The British Ring keeps in touch with members through a monthly magazine called ‘The Key Ring’, which includes news of interest to members, reviews, advertisements from Magical Dealers, and tricks. For membership details click here.
MAGIC CONVENTION FAQ
Can I attend if I am not a professional magician?
Yes. At the Convention your status in magic is never queried. Whether you are a professional, semi-professional, amateur or hobbyist is of no concern. It is our love for the art of magic that is the only thing that matters and it is this that forges the bond between us.
Do I have to be a member of the British Ring to attend?
No but it is to your financial advantage to be so. The registration fee is less for members and the difference equates to a year’s subscription.
I cannot attend the whole convention. Is it possible for me to register for a single day?
Yes it is. A single day’s registration is obtainable at a reduced cost. A day registration ticket for Saturday does not include a ticket for the Gala show. Tickets for the Gala show can be obtained from the Theatre Box Office when it opens shortly before the Convention.
Why not make Greenock 7th-10th September 2017 your first national Convention. You won’t regret it.
What do I gain by attending a national Convention?
Primarily it is a unique opportunity to witness top rate magicians from this country and countries around the world performing. From the lectures or workshops given by masters in the varying facets of magic new ideas will be learnt on how to deceive an audience. Throughout the duration of the Convention the giant trade exhibition with its wide ranging and varied display of ‘the tools of the trade’ is open for your inspection. It is an occasion when the very latest in magic can be inspected.
But perhaps more important is the close contact that is made with the hundreds of magicians who attend. After the conclusion of each day’s scheduled events the magicians return to their hotels or gather at the headquarters hotel for a series of informal magic sessions. Around the lounge tables groups can be seen bringing out packs of cards, sponge balls, rings and rope or anything that can be carried in the pocket and become engrossed in deep and detailed discussion as to how a sleight can be achieved or another way in which a ring tied to a piece of rope can be miraculously released. It is known for these sessions to extend into the early hours of the morning. Sleep it seems is unimportant when magic can be performed or seen.
The British Ring is a society for amateur and professional magicians and is part of The International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), which is the world's largest organization for magicians boasting nearly 15,000 members worldwide. With over 300 local groups, called Rings, in more than 73 countries, the IBM is considered to be the most respected organization for amateur and professional magicians, magical enthusiasts, and collectors of magical apparatus in the world!
The British Ring keeps in touch with members through a monthly magazine called ‘The Key Ring’, which includes news of interest to members, reviews, advertisements from Magical Dealers, and tricks.
The British Ring was founded in 1928 by Oswald Rae the other founder members being Prof Bofeys, W W Kemp, Nelson Denys, Joe Rendell, C Ducarel and G H Turner, and is the largest Ring of The International Brotherhood of Magicians with around 800 members.
The parent body, The International Brotherhood of Magicians, founded in 1922 by Len Vintus, Gene Gordon and Don Rogers, is governed by elected officers and a board of trustees, and headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Full members of the parent body receive ‘The Linking Ring’ monthly, a publication of around 180 pages featuring tricks, reviews, Ring reports, historical articles, and advertisements by magic dealers from around the world. To visit the USA web site click here