The Business of Magic

The board members busy planning the upcoming events; The Cabaret Show, The Auction, and the Daryl dinner lecture.

Sean Masterson Lecture

Phinous Finch test's Bob Rath's knowledge of books...

The Magic Auction 2012

Andy and Angie Pugens proudly display their winning bid item, framed Houdini photos.

May 2012 Meeting

David Swoboda attempts to fool the group with some mental magic.

Sal Piacente Lecture 2012

Sal's fast hands wow the audience!

Dale Radke - 1934-2012

Ring 41 member, Dale Radke, works on some rubber band magic during the February meeting.

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Daryl's Lecture 2012

Tom Burgermeister and Daryl mug for the camera after Daryl's successful lecture and dinner on May 5th.

Dobbs Does Magic

An enthusiastic group of magicians gathered to see our youngest member, Gregory Dobbs present his mini lecture.

Tripoli Shrine Center

Where Ring 41 meets monthly. Built in 1928 it is on the National Historic Registry.

The Magic Auction 2013

John Kurtz displays the next item up for bid.

Ron Fable!

Performs the Tricky Bottles at the Shrine Temple Show!

Ring 41

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Our 67+ years of Magic

Read the History of our Ring from 1945 to today! Meet our founders.


Our Monthly Meetings

Are on the last Wednesday of the month at 7pm (except Jul & Aug).


Our Meeting Place

Is the Tripoli Shrine Center, 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, 53208.

The on-line presence of Ring 41 (Milwaukee, WI), of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. The I.B.M. is the world's largest organization of the magical arts! Ring 41 was founded in 1945, and our goal is to advance the art of professional magic through instruction and to up-hold the terms of our Charter. Welcome aboard!

Ring 41 Remembers Sylvester Adamski (1926-2014)

Today I report the sad news of the passing of one of Ring 41's longest serving members. Sylvester Adamski passed away on Feburary 28th., 2014. I will have more to say shortly... -DrS

As reported by Richard Mehring & Andy and Angie Pugens.

Fans and friends called Sylvester Adamski a conjurer and magician.

Performing under the names Si Adams and Silas throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area, he fooled audiences with a combination of sleight of hand and rapid-fire chatter, said his niece, Deborah Czysz of Greenfield.

Adamski died Feb. 28 at the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 88.

After serving as a radio operator for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in the Pacific, Adamski returned to Milwaukee and completed a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, his niece said.

His love of magic eventually drew him out of a career in social services, Czysz said. He performed from the 1950s through the late 1990s. Card tricks were his favorite. But it was nonstop tricks of all kinds when her uncle came to visit, she said. Her father, Alexander, was the magician’s brother.

He was always pulling money out of my ear,” Czysz recalled. Sometimes he would give her a coin he claimed to have found in her ear.

How great was it having a magician for an uncle,” she said. “One year, for my birthday, he put on a whole magic show.

Part of Adamski’s appeal was performing a 30-minute magic act with whatever objects he could carry in a cigar box. In addition to cards, the contents always included a rope. “He cut the rope in pieces,” Czysz said. “Or it sure looked like he was cutting up the rope in his hand. But it would still be in one piece.

She would ask how he pulled off such tricks. His answer was always the same. He would tell her a magician never reveals his secrets, Czysz said. Adamski even published a book, “Snappy Rope Patter,” to guide young musicians in the art of stringing together one-liners with the aim of distracting audiences from closely watching the tricks performed on stage.

Adamski was a 56-year member of the Society of American Magicians and was elected Milwaukee chapter president in 1964. He also was a member of the Houdini Club of Wisconsin and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

In addition to Czysz, Adamski is survived by other nieces and nephews.

Sylvester Adamski

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 10th at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 21731 Spring St., Union Grove.

Ring 41 Remembers John Calvert (1911-2013)

In November 2008 Ring 41 hosted a stage show and lecture by ledgendary magician and actor, John Calvert. John passed on Friday September 27th. at the grand old age of 102. Several of our members enjoyed some food, magic and stories late into the evening after John's lecture. Our condolences go out to Tammy. Thank you both for a wonderful evening. -DrS

  • John Hughett and John Calvert.
  • Sonny Knight and John Calvert.
  • John signs autographs for everyone.
  • John Calvert and Julie Sobanski.
  • Andy Pugens and John Calvert.
  • Lifting Tammy with just four fingers...
  • The gang at Denny's with John and Tammy.
  • After show gathering at Denny's. John shows us a trick.
  • Mike Miller and Paul Fogec with John
  • Jon Hughett on stage

Ring 41 Phone App

Mobile Phone App Released.

On December 18th., 2011, Ring 41, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, released version 1 of their new mobile phone app for the Windows Phone OS. The app is in the English language only, but was release worldwide in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Already, the app has been downloaded by phone users in 12 different countries around the world.

The app's main feature is a direct RSS feed to the front page of our existing website at . Our website is updated on a regular basis, so the app is always up-to-date on the current club news. The app also has contact information for our Officers so that any out of town magicians can easily get in touch with our group. We also include links to many of our members websites, making it easy to find a magician for your next gathering. Since we like to promote our art of magic, we have also included links to other local magicians websites, regardless of membership in our club.

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Sylvester Adamski - 1926-2014

Sylvester Adamski memorial

Broken Wand for Sylvester Adamski.10MAR2014

Rick Allen, Andy Pugens, Angie Pugens, John Lewit, ??? and Bob Rath (off camera) perform the Broken Wand ceremony for Sylvester Adamski on March 10th, 2014.

Auction - 2014-04-27

I.B.M. Ring 41 will host it's Annual Magic Auction on Sunday April 27th.

"Every year I get at least one super magical deal at the Ring 41 Auction!"
- Satisfied Auction Patron



Don't miss the action at the Auction. . . Deals galore!

Ring 41's once a year celebration of magic and mayhem.

April 27th. 2014

Time: 11am check-in, 12pm noon auction starts.
Price: $5.00 for bidding paddle (req 1/bidder)
Where: Fire Ridge Golf Club, 2241 CR-W, Grafton, WI 53024

Food and beverages available on site.
Dealer's tables are available for $25 flat fee
10% of all proceeds (except dealers) are donated to Ring 41.

For Silent Auction information contact Bob Rath This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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"I bought a whole new act by selling all my old magic tricks!"
—A happy Seller at the Auction

Sunday April 27th., 11:00am at the Fire Ridge Colf Club, 2241 CR-W, Grafton, WI 53024
$5 bidders paddles. Open to the Public.

David Swoboda— Secretary

Next Meeting - 2014-04-30

I.B.M. Ring 41's next lecture will be on Wednesday April 30th 2014.

"Again, direct from France, Boris Wild. Appearently Boris stowed away in Eric Roumestan's luggage to save on plane fare..."
—Big Guy

Boris Wild lecture at IBM Ring 41 Milwaukee, on April 30th 2014


"Boris Wild Lecture"

It's Lecture night!  We are happy to announce that Boris Wild will lecture to our Ring at the April 30th meeting.

All About Boris

Boris Wild is one of the most renowned French magicians in the world. He is an international performer, author, creator and lecturer. His specialty is close-up magic, a top-level performance happening a few inches only from your eyes! Boris got the title of “French Champion of Magic“ by winning the Grand Prix AFAP. He was also awarded at the FISM World Championships of Magic and the Monte Carlo Magic Stars.

Borrs will take a new look at the greatest classics of card magic. If you know Boris Wild and his unique way to turn any card routine into a true miracle, this lecture will be a delight. His new lecture offers you his personal versions of the greatest classics of card magic, from Open Prediction to Any Card At Any Number and The Invisible Deck to The Ambitious Card. You will rediscover your favorite classics thanks to new presentations and strong effects with simple and effective methods.

"Everyone loved Boris Wild from France who combined technique with sheer artistry and romance"
— The Linking Ring

"Beautiful magic charged with emotion"
— Genii Magazine

"Boris is a great artist with many original ideas . . . Refreshing, charming and inspirational!"
— Jeff McBride

I believe you are a genius. I tip my hat to you.
— Obie O’Brien

We know that some of our members may not be able to make the drive at night, so we are going to arrange a car pool in an effort to get those members to the meeting. If you wish to attend the meeting, but don't want to make the drive, please call Big Guy at  262-691-8801 and let him know you're interested in getting a ride to the meeting. Please call ASAP so we can make the arrangements.

Wednesday April 30th., 7:00pm at the Tripoli Shrine Center, 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, 53208
Cost is $5 for Ring 41 members and just $20 to non-members.

Upcoming Ring 41 Events

Monthly meeting are on the last Wednesday of the month. Mark your calander for these events:

Magic in Wisconsin
Magic News
SAM assembly 61
SAM assembly 61
I.B.M. Ring 31
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