(top photograph) Franz Hirary, Ron, & Ayala who judged the stage competition at the El Torque Magico in November 2005. While in Mexico, Hirary filmed his television special, Hirary's Mexico, which featured Ayala. Ron judged the 2006 competition recently and was the only American judge of the five judges. El Torque Magico is the idea of Dino, who worked with Doug Henning in Canada back in the 1970's. His tenth anniversary convention will be held in Acapulco, Mexico in November 2007.
Masonic Brothers, Ron Cartlidge with Lee Grabel in Louisville, Kentucky at the annual Society of American Magicians convention. The Society will team up with the International Brotherhood of Magicians for a jumbo convention in 2008. That convention will also be held in Louisville, Ky. Grabel is noted as one of the all-time greats and he recognized for his floating piano.
NELSON NICHOLSON WITH CHUNG LING SOO'S ROBES.
Nelson Nicholson shows off his Chung Ling Soo costume while I was visiting his home in Orange recently. Nelson purchased this beautiful Soo outfit at an auction at the Magic Circle in London. When he purchased the robe, it was completely black from years of dust and storage. Nelson says that he even thought the robe was black when he purchased it. After sending it to the cleaners who used toothbrushes to clean it, you can see the beautiful results. This is just one of the many prizes in Nicholson's collection.
One World Theatre, Austin, Texas. Performance on stage for Joan & Arsene Dupin wedding. 1:00 pm., January 27, 2008.
Lone Star Magic Auction and tour of Arthur Moses Houdini Collection and Derick Kennedy P&L collection. Fort Worth, February 15-16, 2008.
World's Largest One-Day Magic Auction, 26th Annual Auction, Austin, Texas, April 11-12, 2008, auction chairman. (see Happenings for further details)
World Magic Seminar, Las Vegas, NV., April 27-30, 2007, Orleans Casino.
Magic Collectors' Association, Chicago, April 29-May 2, 2008.
Spencers on stage, Paramount Theatre, Austin, Texas, May 3, 4 p.m.
Joint SAM & IBM Convention, Louisville, Ky., July 21-26, 2008
Texas Association of Magicians Convention, Ft. Worth, Texas, Labor Day Weekend 2008. (Competition judge)
Research Tour, Denver, Colorado & Cheyenne, Wyoming, Oct. 1-6, 2008. (researching Houdini)
Yankee Gathering XII, Nov. 13,14, & 15, 2008. Doubletree Hotel, Westborough, Massachusetts.
Magic convention, Mexico City, Mexico, Nov. 20, 21, & 22.
World Magic Seminar, Orleans Hotel, Las Vegas.
Austin Magic Auction 2009, April 17 & 18, Austin, Texas. Texas Collectors' Night at the home of Richard Garriott at 7 p.m. on the 17th. Auction on Saturday (18th) at the First Baptist Church, doors open 8 a.m.
F.I.S.M., Peking, China, August 19-September 1, 2009
Texas Association of Magicians Convention, Austin, Texas, Labor Day Weekend, 2010
Ron with Doctor Stan Seaton, President of Assembly 206, Austin, Texas. Visiting the David Devant Room at the Magic Circle. 100th Celebration event of the Magic Circle in London during 2005. Ron says, "One of the finest magic conventions that I've ever attended. There may never be another like it."
Ron walking to one of the world famous English Pubs to meet Doc. The second oldest magic club in the world enjoyed a beautiful event in London and the pubs were a treat too! Unfortunately, the second bombings of London occurred during the convention. It didn't break the spirit of the convention, and all the culprits were caught.