Magicians work in communities of fellow entertainers and other friends of magic performance. Some of these are fraternal organizations that offer members many supporting resources and opportunities to meet, share, and grow together. These congregations include many local, as well as national and even international organizations. Below are links to communities that have made a difference in my growth as a performer and thinker about magic and magical entertainment. (Above) Geoff Grimes poses with Robert "Bob" Neale and Mike Smith at the 2017 McBride Magic and Mystery School "Magic And Meaning" Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.
My life's work as a magician honors the memory of Mark Wilson (1929-2021) who, with his wife Nani Darnell (bottom), became the iconic image of magic for me as a child and whose performances inspired millions of young magicians around the world. [Featured here with the late Bev Bergeron (top) as "Rebo," the clown]
The Society of American Magicians is the oldest magic organization in the United States with SAM "Assemblies" in countries around the world. (Left) 2013 National SAM President Dal Sanders poses with Sean Wilson, variety arts entertainer and magician, and granddaughter of famous magicians Mark Wilson and Nani Darnell.
Founded in 1922, the International Brotherhood of Magicians is the largest magic organization in the world with Rings in 88 countries. Posing left are members and guests of Fort Worth's "Ren Clark" Ring 15, one of the oldest IBM organization in the world. (Left) Ron Wilson, Bill Irwin, Ronnie Ramin, with guests.
Located in Las Vegas, Jeff McBride's Magic & Mystery School has been acclaimed as the finest magic school in the world. People from around the world train with McBride and his renowned faculty and staff, offering conferences, online master classes, as well as Zoom one-on-one instruction. (Left) Jeff McBride
The Dallas Magic Clubs, Inc. was founded as the Society of American Magicians Assem#13 in the 1924 and as "Willard the Wizard" Ring, is one of the oldest clubs in North Texas. Members of the clubs meet jointly on the third Tuesday of each month. (Left) Member Chris Gracy performs the needle through the balloon routine.
Founded in 1941, the Fort Worth Magicians Club is the "Ren Clark" Ring #15, one of the oldest associations of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Members of both the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians are welcome but membership in either is not required.
Chartered in 2002, the Alliance of Illusionists, or "The Bruce Chadwick" Society of American Magicians Assembly #138, is another Fort Worth organization serving magicians for Fort Worth and North Texas. Membership in the Society of American Magicians is required. (Left) Hal Hudgins, Bruce Chadwick, and David Sandy.
An informal community organized in 2014, the Mid-Cities Magic Circle meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Its purpose is to provide a forum dedicated to the improvement of magical performance skills. Anyone interested is invited to attend. (Left) Michael Stein, Matthew Martin, and John Greene.
Members of the "Magic USA" troupe are a group of volunteer North Texas magicians who perform as a free service to our men and women in the active armed services, particularly for their family gatherings once or twice a year. (Left) Members of the U.S. Army National Guard with family members and magician Rick Burcher.
Members of the "Mark Wilson" Magic Club pose behind the "Mark Wilson" counter where the famed magician performed at Dallas's Magicland magic store in the 1950's (Left) Sandy, Steve, Lizbeth, and Priscilla (Photo courtesy of Derek Kennedy, owner, Magic etc & Ft Worth Costume).