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2021-2022

    OFFICERS

Honoring Past  Presidents of IBM Ring1

ANDREW BUEL

     

 Our Founder and

 1st President

 1927 to 1936

 

Andy was an original member of the St. Louis Magic Club and wrote to IBM President W.W. Durbin in 1927 for permission to form Ring One. Andy had originated the idea of calling the magic assemblies Rings (as in linking rings) at an earlier magic convention.

 

 

LOUIS VIZARD

2nd Ring One President

 1937

 

He owned the Louis Vizard Cigar Company and became interested in magic around 1926.  Louis and his wife, Marie, became prominent entertainers in St. Louis. By the 1940s he started specializing in mentalism effects.

 

 

DR. CHARLTON CHUTE

     

 5th Ring One President

 April through December 1939

 

He caught the magic bug as a youth, and was a popular entertainer in Los Angeles (1922 to 1929) while attending UCLA.  A Doctor of Philosophy, he was appointed by J. Edgar Hoover to help the FBI develop uniform crime reporting systems. During a trip to Africa, Charlton took along his magic props, and the students there were mystified by his egg bag routine and other effects. Following the resignation of President James (due to his business' untimely relocation), Charlton was elevated from club Secretary to the Ring One Presidency and served out the remaining 1939 term.

 

 

March 22, 1890 - May 6, 1960
March 21, 1880 - May 27, 1950
September 29, 1906 
 March 19, 1985
James' Advertisement

March 1936 Linking Ring

June 1939

 

 

    President

 Scott Smith
 618-610-5947

               Vice-President    

                   D. Jay Lenz
                618-462-3675

    Secretary

  Sandy Weis
 314-378-4403

                   Treasurer

                  Alan Zibits
               636-273-9974

 

 

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     BOARD MEMBERS

                     Director 

             Steve Buesking
               314-732-5678

 


         Director 

Steve Finkelstein
     314-409-6869


             

 Director & Past-President 

               Terry Richison
                314-791-9108

 

 

 Director & Webmaster

  Michael W. McClure
       618-826-5125

   

 

                    Scribe

                Sandy Weis
               636-273-9974

 

 

     Spirit Editor

     Gary Chan
   617-418-4468

December 26, 1895

September 29, 1950

BENJAMIN R. BADLEY

"Devo, The Magician

from Dixieland"

 3rd Ring One President

1938

 

Ben "Devo" Badley, born in Louisiana, began performing professionally in 1911. He toured with hypnotist William Fayssoux before launching his solo career as "Devo, the Magician from Dixieland" and sharing his act across the southern states. He joined the Army during WW1 and entertained the troops by doing camp shows. Ben settled in St. Louis after the war ended, and in 1927 was one of the first to perform a hypnotic act on a national radio broadcast. He was a charter member of Ring One, and was one of two men responsible for the re-chartering of S.A.M. Assembly 8 in 1946 after its 16 year hiatus. Ben also enjoyed vertriloquism and was the founder of the original St. Louis Round Table for magic discussions.

 

 

May 19, 1889
October 1977

WALTER UNDERWOOD JAMES

     

 4th Ring One President

 January through March 1939

 

The Chicago born, brown haired, blue-eyed son of English/Welsh parents, Walter became a successful traveling salesman and accomplished magician. He was Ring 1 Secretary under Pres. Badley in 1938, but served only the first 3 months of his Presidential term in 1939, due to the transfer of his business to Texas. He then promptly joined the Fort Worth Magic Club, Ring 15, and served as IBM Territorial Vice President (for the Texas region) for several years. In July 1961 Walter received his 25 Year Button, the precursor to The Order of Merlin award, having been granted his original membership in 1936 (Member #5779).

 

 

Our 1st President

Andrew Buel (1927-1936)

Encourages You To Meet The Current RING1 Leadership

FORREST HENDRICKS

 

7th Ring One President

1941

 

COMING SOON ! 

A consummate salesman and lifelong resident of his beloved Missouri, P. T. Little was accustomed to societies that keep secrets ... besides being an IBM member he was a devoted Masonic comrade.

 With this plan in place, not only were all members called upon, but each meeting was conducted by a different emcee and everyone had the opportunity of leading an event. Little's plan was flexible enough to allow for anything special, such as visiting magicians, parties, and the like. His main purpose was that everyone would know well in advance what was happening, and with more thought and preparation the results would encourage better magic. Little's BIG idea has served Ring 1 throughout the decades, as we continue to plan entertaining, educational meetings that improve the art and performance of both novice and master alike. 

May 6, 1887
December 16, 1947
December 1931
LInking Ring Ad

 

PERCY TYLDEN LITTLE

     

 6th Ring One President

 1940

 

Mr. Little was elected on January 6th, and immediately implemented a meeting plan that he had suggested several months previously. To insure interest at every meeting, the entire year's monthly programs were laid out, and themes were given to each one: Old Member's Night, New Member's Night, Old Tricks, New Tricks, Ladies' Night, Originality Night, History, Education Night, and Card, Rope, Silk and other specific nights were set.

 

 

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