Historian’s
“Blast from the Past”

This month's report is from 24 years ago. It is remembering the December, 1996 meeting of the Ring. The President at that time was James Kinsey and the Secretary was Bill Fulton. The Ring met monthly at Baptist Medical Center, Room 20. It has been an exciting year for Ring 29. Several of our Ring members have performed for charitable causes, and many have been employed at commercial events. Jim Henson and Tony Moore have opened a new magic store at 828 S. Pine in Harrison, Arkansas.

Maxwell Blade, an accomplished magician, has converted an old Malco Movie Theater on Central Ave into a performing center in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Blade's “Theater of Magic” is the Spa City's first magic show in recent history, and has become a very popular attraction.

The Ring members have filled our meeting room each month and presented new and some of the classics of magic. The annual state meeting of all the Rings was a most successful gathering that created much fellowship. The annual Ozark Magic Conference in Eureka Springs was well attended, and the conference organizer was able to get Jim Henson to present a lecture and serve as a magic dealer.

We have been most fortunate to have Bill Spooner, Dan Fleshman, and Daryl as lecturers this year. These visiting magicians are some of the best performers and lecturers on the circuit. We are looking forward to a lecture by Jay Sankey on January 3, 1997. Those of us that own some of Sankey's tapes have been letting the other magicians know what a funny and talented guest that we will get to see. What a wonderful it is a watermelon way to start the new year. The Ring 29 annual Christmas Party takes place January 11. Yes, we always hold our Christmas party at a later time so that we can all be there. We hope your year was a magic one.

“That year boasted some interesting magical developments in Arkansas with Maxwell Blade opening his “Theater of Magic”, our own Jim Henson opening a magic shop in Harrison with Tony Moore and several outstanding lecturers coming to the Ring. It appears attendance was good that year and several members enjoyed performing for charities and commercial events. Let's hope those “good old days” will soon be back and we can once again gather under “normal circumstances”.

Until next time, remember, the past can help only if it is remembered.