Talk:Wikinews interviews President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians

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  • Well, this article is still in progress; I just had it in my mind that October is national magic month in the US, but I might be wrong!! --Bddpaux (talk) 19:06, 30 September 2013 (UTC)
Well, I just verified via the executive secretary of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, (Sindie Richardson)that, yes......the entire month of October is national Magic Month in the US.--Bddpaux (talk) 20:26, 30 September 2013 (UTC)
  • Yes, I'm still working on this article.....been busy lately! --Bddpaux (talk) 22:19, 3 October 2013 (UTC)
  • [I've redacted some of his contact info, since he might not want 10 million people to have access to his e-mail address! But, other than that, pretty much our whole conversation is pasted in below:

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William E. ("Bill") Evans International President International Brotherhood of Magicians

From: Paul Budd Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:38 PM To: William Evans Subject: Not sure......

.....if you'd missed the questions below.


----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Paul Budd To: William Evans Sent: Monday, September 23, 2013 2:40 PM Subject: Re: Paul Budd

OK....thanks.....and a few more, if you don't mind:

For how long have you been involved in performing/studying magic? Over 50 years. I am 61 now so I really started when I was about 10 years old even though I had seen and worked with some basic tricks a few years earlier. I remember going into Hollywood Magic and wanting that big red box with the dragons on it and I didn’t even know what it did. The magician behind the counter was wise enough not to sell it to me, but instead sold me two books which I still own today…Scarne on Card Tricks and Scarne on Magic Tricks. That started me out on books and I have amassed quite a few since then. My major influences on performance are Eugene Burger and Michael Skinner.

October is National Magic Month in the you think magic is alive as a viable form of entertainment today? Absolutely. There are more magicians working today than ever before. There will always be an audience for good magicians doing good magic.

Has the internet helped or hurt magic? Both. I think it has helped draw younger people to magic as a hobby, but I think it has hurt the ability of young magicians to think because so many rely on the internet for everything and they aren’t reading the books. We have to have knowledge of the history of magic and what has been done before. Moreover, seeing someone perform on the internet takes away the use of our senses, originality and imagination that reading and thinking about magic can produce. Anyone can become a monkey…it takes serious study to become a magician.

Do you travel much in your current role? Yes, I am traveling quite a bit. After I was inducted as International President in Phoenix in July, I have been to the Jeff McBride Experience in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Magic Live in Las Vegas, The Midwest Magic Jubliee in St. Louis, the TAOM in Dallas, the British Ring Convention in Buxton England and the Magic Circle in London. I am going to Las Vegas and Los Angeles next month, Italy in November, back to Las Vegas in December, Mexico in January, Magi-Fest in February, the Winter Carnival of Magic in Tennesse in March, Eureka Springs Cavalcade of Magic in March, and the FFFF in April. That’s as of now.



From: William EvanS To: Paul Budd Sent: Monday, September 23, 2013 10:26 AM Subject: RE: Paul Budd

Hi Paul

I became International President at the July 2013 IBM Annual Convention in Phoenix. Prior to that, I was International President Elect [2012-2013], International Vice President [2011-2012] and a member of the Board of Trustees Executive Committee [2007-2010]. Prior to that, I served as Legal Advisor for International Presidents David Sandy [2003-2004], Tony Wilson [2004-2005] and Roger Miller [2005-2006]


William E. ("Bill") Evans

International President

International Brotherhood of Magicians

From: Paul Budd Sent: Saturday, September 21, 2013 3:24 PM To: William Evans Subject: Re: Paul Budd

Hi Bill,

I'm the Treasurer for Ring 266 in Tyler, Texas. I do a little bit of reporting for Wikinews, which is a sister site of Wikipedia. I'm working on a big article on October's National Magic Month, and thought it might be nice to feature you answering a few questions.

Could I toss a few questions your way??

First, when did you become Pres. of the IBM?

Paul B.

From: William Evans <> To: "" <> Sent: Saturday, September 21, 2013 8:54 AM Subject: Paul Budd


The IBM office said you wanted to get in touch with me.

What can I do for you?

Bill Evans International President International Brotherhood of Magicians" ....--Bddpaux (talk) 21:01, 8 October 2013 (UTC)

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