IBM Garden City Ring 148 - Adelaide, South Australia

The Garden City Ring 148 is the Adelaide Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Founded in 1922, the IBM is the largest Magic Club in the world with more than 300 rings in 73 countries, and a total membership of more than 14,000.

Established in 1955, the Garden City Ring has more than 25 members, including professionals, hobbyists and collectors of magic memorabilia.

Ring 148 meets on the 4th Wednesday of each Month with the exceptions of December and January. Our meeting place is the "Bomb Shelter" at Thebarton.


ASM Assemby No.2 - Adelaide, South Australia

Founded in 1920, the Australian Society of Magicians Assembly No. 2 is proud of its achievement as the oldest continuously operating Magic Club in Australia

The Club has a long tradition of providing a forum for Magicians to gather and discuss their art and also as a training ground where young magicians can get help and advice in developing their skills. The Club aims to promote the public image of Magic and to foster standards of performing excellence.

Club members meet on the third Thursday of each month at the Old Bomb Shelter at Thebarton. Meetings are not open to the public, but enquiries are welcome from people interested in Magic as a performing art.


Magic Youth International - Adelaide

The Magic Youth International Programme has been established to help develop the skills of young magicians.



The Adelaide Magic Convention Committee (AMC) is a joint committee that coordinates all Magical Activities of the combined magic clubs of Adelaide.

The AMC coordinates the Adelaide Magic Convention every four years, arranges all combined performances for community groups and is the contact point for visiting magicians to our city.

The Combined Magic Clubs are available for charity and community fundraisers, and individual performers are available for private functions.


26 April 2010

Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday for the 25th, via Snail mail; Email; Phone calls; Plaxo; Facebook. Hopefully I have sent you all an individual thank you, if I have missed anyone, I thank you as well.

7 July 2009

Magicians Annual Dinner

The Magicians Annual Dinnner will be held on July 22nd 2009 at the Buckingham Arms Hotel, Gilberton from 7.30pm onwards. All magicains and their family and friends are invited to come along and join in the magical fun. Look forward to seeing you there.

20 April 2009

Magic Youth International - Adelaide

John, Barry may I extend my very best wishes for the new look 'YAMS' - Magic Youth International - Adelaide. I may be in Hobart now but still want to follow the fortunes of the up and coming Magicians in Adelaide.

With people like you at the helm success is assured.

Roy J Hopwood
Magical Entertainer
Hobart, Tasmania

16 February 2009

YAMS starts this week

Hi Everyone!

The moment you have been waiting for has arrived (almost)! YAMS is about to begin again! HooRay!

No more moping about the house, telling your parents, "I'm Bored!" The time is near. Find your packs of playing cards! Dust off those sponge balls! Get you magic kit in order, 'cause YAMS starts this week!

This Wednesday (Feb 18th) the Bombshelter will echo with voices, as the first YAMS meeting for the year takes place. We meet at 7:00 pm, and will finish at 9:00 pm. Please bring your cards, magic, notebooks, and pens.

Some changes are in the wind. We will be setting homework - starting next month! This is not compulsory, but you will not grow without doing it. We will be altering our start times - just a little, and we will be inviting professional magicians to our meetings, to show you what they do....

More information on these changes at the meeting on Wednesday evening. See you there!

6 February 2009

Farewell Dinner for Roy Hopwood

Roy and Debbie Hopwood have decided to relocate to Tasmania, to be closer to relatives. They will be leaving Adelaide next week, and I’d like to invite you to attend a dinner in their honour. Roy and Debbie have had a long involvement with all the magic clubs in Adelaide, and together the ASM, and the IBM want to recognize their commitment and involvement in the magic community in South Australia.

We have booked Charlie’s Diner (Cnr Sturt and Brighton Rd) at 6:30 pm on Wednesday 11th of February.

Please RSVP to me, via email, or phone, to confirm your attendance. This invitation is to all members of the Adelaide magic fraternity, so please extend it to anyone who is not a member of the IBM. Gary Dunn is inviting the ASM members to attend as well.
I can be contacted on: 0416 222 569 or

5 December 2008

Presidents Day - Sunday 18 January 2009

Presidents Day will be on Sunday 18 January 2009 at the home of the President of IBM Ring 148 - Garden City Ring, from 12 noon.

Once again it will be a BBQ and all magicians, allied artists and their families are invited to attend.

Bring something to entertain the group with and enjoy an afternoon of social interaction.

3 September 2008

IBM Committee

On the 27/8/2008 the IBM held its Annual General Meeting. At the meeting the new committee for the upcoming year was appointed as detailed below :-


22 August 2008

ASM Meeting - 21 August 2008

It was my first visit to the ASM for a few meetings and very pleasing to see so many members present.

Performers for the evening were:

Roy Hopwood - Small Talk by Richard Baumer

Eddie Sikorski - 3 Fly

Barry Seeley - A slick Poker Deal

The winner of the monthly award went very deservedly to Barry.

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21 August 2008

YAMS Meeting 20 August 2006

Another great turnout at YAMS last night. More new faces as well. Welcome to everyone

It was a fun night with many getting up to perform. We all discovered that the attributes required to be an Olympian are the same as those required to be a magician.Amazing.

Barry showed us a Geoff Williams video which was very entertaining and baffling.

Roy with help from Barry; John and Sky taught members a 'new trick' called by the most original name "One in the hand and Two in the Pocket".

Most members performed with some performing more than once - well done to all.

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31 July 2008

AMC Launches Web Site

I am excited because there is a new web site on the block.

Why Am I excited?

I am excited because it is our Web site promoting the Adelaide Magic Convention in October 2009.

Check it out at Adelaide Magic Convention

Thanks go to Keith Pitt our webmaster for the design and upkeep of this web site.

Check back often, because this is were you you find the latest information about our upcoming convention. Get your magic friends in Adelaide; Australia or anywhere in the world to check it out and consider coming to the friendliest magic convention in Australia, and possibly the world.

The web address (URL) is easy to remember as well, what could be better than

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25 July 2008

Magicians Annual Dinner

It was very pleasing to see about 35 people attended the annual dinner held once again at the Buckingham Arms Hotel.

Entertainment was provided by by Eddie Sikorski; Scott Mangnoson and Phil Ahrens.

The dinner was a great place to announce the winner of the IBM Ring 148 Magician of the year in its new format. The winner on 23 points is Eddie Sikorski. Geoff Payne and Barry Seeley on 17 points received a highest commendation and Kevin Casaretto with 16 points received a commendation.

Well done to all.
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17 July 2008

YAMS Meeting - 16 July 2008

What a great turn out at YAMS tonight. Lots of new faces amidst the regulars. I guess the Postcards segment - made an impact.

We hope regardless of if it was your first visit to YAMS or your 101st visit you found it worthwhile and hopefully you learned something.

It was very pleasing to see so many of the 'first timers' getting up and performing. Well done to all. A great night and we are looking forward to seeing you at the next meeting on Wednesday 20
August 2008
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11 July 2008

Magicians Annual Dinner

This is to remind everyone that the Adelaide Magicians Annual Dinner will be held on Wednesday 23 July 2008 at the Buckingham Arms Hotel arrive 7pm for a 7:30pm start. It is a smorgasbord meal and payment to be made direct to the hotel.


Pricing is as follows:


            Adult                                         $24.50

            Seniors                                     $22.00

Children 8 – 13 years of age        $13.50 

Children up to 7 years of age        $7.50



Please let me know that you will be attending and the number of persons in your party.





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19 June 2008

YAMS Meeting Wednesday 18 June 2008

A small but enthusiastic band of YAMS attended the meeting last night. We were privileged to have Zenneth Kok a professional magician from Hong Kong attend the meeting. The discussion for the meeting was magic etiquette, this resulted in some very good input.

Zenneth spoke to the group about the challenges of become a professional magician and things to be mindful of.

Next on the agenda Roy taught a couple of easy yet very effective tricks

Several members then performed.

Yes the group may have been small in number but big on being involved.

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16 June 2008

Holdens Retirees Magic Day

On Monday 16 June approximately 20 Holden Retirees attended the clubrooms for an hour of magic in return for a donation to the convention fund. Magicians Bernard Larkin, Garry Dunn and Roy Hopwood entertained the group after they had been given coffee / biscuits and a potted history of the clubs.

The fist to perform was Bernard with a solid 15 minutes of classic general magic performed in his own quiet and inimitable manner.

Garry was next with several signature pieces, and demonstrating the sleight of hand aspect of magic.

The last of the 3 was Roy with an example of his mad cap comedic magic.

Judging by the thank yous and hand shakes all of our visitors enjoyed themselves, and were last seen happily chatting away, heading towards the West Thebarton Hotel for lunch.

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29 May 2008

IBM Ring 148 Meeting - 28 May 2008

A great turn out at the meeting last night.

A very short Business Meeting - 20 minutes.

A great "Teach a Trick" by Darren Schutz - "Think Stop" by Bruce Cervon. Darren in his own easy and relaxed style demonstrated and explained "Think Stop".

The Theme of the evening was 'Everyone up. Anything Goes' and true to the name almost everyone got up and performed - even our visitors for the evening.

Congratulations to the nights winner of the "Magician of the Month" award - Ron Holmes.

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28 May 2008

Shoot Ogawa Lecture

Shoot Ogawa is a magician from Tokyo , Japan who has been interested in magic from the age of 10. Ogawa has been featured on television in Japan and is a corporate entertainer. One of his most remarkable tricks is the Ninja Rings . His most notable awards include the Magician of the Year 2002 in two categories (lecture and close-up) and 1st place at the close-up competition in the MacMillan International Convention , also in 2002.

We are very privilaged to have him lecture here in Adelaide on Friday 6 June 2008 and also hold a workshop on Saturday 7 June 2008. Both of these are to be held in the Magic Clubrooms (old Bomb Shelter) at the corner of Ashley Street and South Road, Thebarton.

Those of you who have not seen Shoot Ogawa, then this is a lecture NOT to miss; those of you who have see him, already know that this is a lecture NOT to miss.

So be there or miss out.

Lecture (Magicians Only) Friday 6 June 2008 starting at 7:30pm sharp
Cost $25.00

Workshop (Magicians Only) Saturday 7 june 2008 9:00am - 12:00pm
Cost $50.00

14 May 2008

Danny Archer Lecture - 13 May 2008

19 Local magicians turned up for the Danny Archer Lecture on Tuesday night the 13 May. They were treated to a great lecture from a wonderful man who has lectured all over the world, including here in Adelaide 8 years ago.

His material is straight forward with little or no sleight of hand and yet is visual, dramatic and packs a punch. With a short break in the middle Danny lectured for around 21/2 hours. And if the frenetic activity around his BOR table is any indication his sales were good as well.

If you missed the night, make SURE you get to see Danny lecture somewhere soon, you will not be disappointed, there really was something for everyone.
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9 April 2008

Update re post "Audience silenced when beer bottle trick goes wrong"

The following links give more information in respect of the Post "Audience silenced when beer bottle trick goes wrong"

Waynes Magic and Illusion
Magic Unlimited

8 April 2008

Extracts from Steve Walkers Magitext 23:

Ray Crowe rang from Oslo this morning { and I thought a weekend in Wagga Wagga was a long way} to say his Letterman Show appearance will be repeated on Friday April 11th, so maybe Mon. 14th here on Ch. 10

The Magic Mansion is going really well and has become a regular feature in the Victorian Magic Calender . Full houses have had to be accommodated so far for these events with lots of cheers, bravos and applause. Six close up magis including the likes of Barry Govan, Ian Baxter, Peter Rodda, David Jones, Simon Coronel and Ken Russell are followed by Ross Skiffington and Co. on stage who also introduce a younger magician. The next show is May 3rd

Less than rave reviews for the “Death Defying Acts” movie. Two well known Sydney magicians advised me not to waste any of my time seeing it.

James Galea joins Ray Crowe as part of the Cracker Comedy Festival when he presents his show I Hate Rabbits at the Enmore Theatre on Friday April 25th..

Ray's show is on Thursday, May 1st and cleverly titled Raymond Crowe

Audience silenced when beer bottle trick goes wrong

A MAGIC trick went "horribly wrong" at a weekend Melbourne Comedy Festival show, but audience members had to sign a confidentiality agreement to stop them revealing details.

The trick went awry during the Something About Razorblades and Nails show at the Northcote Town Hall on Sundaynight. An audience member, who wished to remain anonymous, told Confidentialthat "something went horribly wrong".

She said all members of the audience had to sign a "secrecy agreement" before they left the venue preventing them from telling anyone what happened. The audience member said the trick that went wrong involved a broken beer bottle, but she would not elaborate.

In the show, magician Tim Ellis "swallows razorblades, pushes needles through his skin and does whatever the evil Sudoku tells him to".

Ellis confirmed a trick did not go to plan but said he could not reveal anymore details "out of respect for the others involved". "It has never happened before and it is not something we would expect to happen again," he said. "No one was seriously hurt. ”A lot of magicians havesecrecy agreements on stand-by in case something goes wrong."

The Northcote Town Hall said it did not know of any incidents occurring, and the festival declined to comment.

Sources: Email from Peter "Pee Wee" Lohman,,23599,23473395-2,00.html

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27 March 2008

About Town

The following performers can be seen about town:

At the comedy cellars on Saturday nights - Scott Mangnoson
At the Cavern on Wednesday nights - Nicholas Tweedy
At the Christies Beach Hotel on Friday nights - Roy Hopwood
At the Esplanade Hotel, Brighton on Saturday nights - Roy Hopwood

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IBM Meeting 26 March 2008

A good turn up with several visitors made for a good evening of magic.

Welcome to Visitors, Gordon; Nicholas; Thomas and Jason

After a short business meeting Roy Hopwood was in the hot seat for the Teach In session. Taught to him many years ago Roy presented his handling of The Idle Idol, All members and visitors present were given a pack with all items needed, except an idol, to present the trick.

The theme for the evening was Book / Video / DVD Review. Many members took up he challenge as well as one of our visitors, It was too close to call so it was up to Nicholas to decide the winner for the night - congratulations Kevin
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21 March 2008


Did you know that Ross Skiffington coached Guy Pearce for 6 weeks before he went off to film this movie? Well you do now! Did you know that Joe Baynie performed close-up magic at the premiere after-party of this movie? Well you do now! Did you know that Steve Walker called the movie “Death Defying Feats” instead of “Acts” in the last edition of Magitext?Well pay attention then !

Click for more details of this Houdini drama with 2 different posters

Gillian Armstrong the Australian director of “Death Defying Acts” was interviewed on Richard Fidlers “Conversation Hour”. A podcast is still available as at the time of writing Loudon Wainwright ,the third, is on first.'

The above extracts are reprinted, with permission, from Steve Walkers Magitext 20

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24 February 2008

Oz Pearlman Lecture - A review

The following review is reprinted, with permission from Steve Walkers Magitext 17

The recent Oz Pearlman Lecture was very enjoyable due mainly to Oz [pronounced Oze] being a performer who had obviously done the stuff in the real world and not just cobbled it together for a lecture. Although the effects were, in the main, derivative i.e. based on material previously published by others, he added enough to make them worthwhile. I thought the crediting in his notes of the In the Hands False Riffle Shuffle; a little selfish when he simply says Guy Hollingworth has a version I’ll stand correcting but what he showed was ALL Hollingworth even to his mentioning the finger positions to achieve the twist on the deck was word for word straight off Guys video & Routines. His strip-out cut to reset the deck wasn’t as natural as Guys which is important if you’re trying to take the heat off the move, something Oz had said, was the main message to be learned from his lecture. Lest I follow Burgers Law and only remember what I didn’t like let me quickly say his ideas and handling's on the Swami Gimmick / Boon Writer were interesting especially the routine with the Mullica wallet as was ACAAN [any card at any number]. Phase 1 of the Spoon Bending, while he admitted it wasn’t his, was quite simply the best I’ve ever seen it done. Although I’d read the method I’m sure I’d have been willing to swear the spoon was actually bending.

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