IBM RING 22 ("Warren Stephens" Ring) was established years ago and is still going strong! Today our membership includes magic enthusiasts of all ages within the Metro Detroit community – amazing professionals, avid hobbyists, and aspiring amateurs who simply enjoy the Art of Magic. We've been fortunate to have a long tradition of outstanding members, including many notable past magic icons:
Inventor of magic effects used worldwide (photo courtesy of Mike Mode).
Underground legend of magic who contributed a majority of the work in BOBO's "Coin Magic".
Household name among Metro Detroit magicians and local TV/Radio personality "Milky the Clown".
Our organization has an interesting history. As early as 1927, an issue of the IBM (International Brotherhood of Magicians) monthly publication, “Linking Ring”, contained an article referring to a petition to create an IBM Ring club in Detroit; however, the actual charter was not granted until several years later.
In 1941 Harry Cecil attended the IBM convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, where his longtime friend, IBM President Bob Anderson, suggested that Detroit should have an IBM Ring chapter of its own.
Harry returned home and set up a meeting with noted amateur and professional magicians attending. On November 17, 1941 the charter membership of RING 22 was officially established with 43 members, and the organization was officially named “The Harry E. Cecil RING 22”, receiving a unanimous vote from the membership.
Some 65 years later, on July 11, 2006, the membership voted to rename our organization “The Warren Stephens RING 22”, in honor of Warren Stephens, a long time member, a previous Territorial Vice-President of IBM, an inventor of magical effects, and a generous contributor of ideas and workshops to RING 22.