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The Convention Team is excited to announce: Sooty Show: Tickets are now on sale from the Beacon Box Office. http://beaconartscentre.co.uk/eve nts/the-sooty-show/


Morgan & West: These time travelling tricksters will appear at Greenock. They have performed their unique brand of magic, wit and whimsy on stages all over the UK, and indeed all around the world since 2008 and they have also appeared on shows such as Penn & Teller: Fool Us, The Slammer and The Next Great Magician. Most recently they have just finished a run of their brand new show for kids at the Edinburgh Fringe and are now preparing to tour that show and their evening show Time Travelling Magicians throughout the UK.


Rafael: Rafael is a many-sided artist with an impressive list of magical prizes. A few of his awards include the prestigious Magic Award for Best Magician in Belgium, The Mandrake d’r in Paris and in 2005 Rafael won the Siegfried and Roy Golden Lion Award in Las Vegas with his comedy Magic Dove Act. He is a true master in hilarious improvisations, with an awesome sense for originality, humour and imagination.


Obie O’rien: Obie began his journey with magic whilst at College in 1953 and joined the IBM in December 1962. He attended his 1st IBM convention in 1968 at Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 1971 he started and still runs 4F, Fechter’ Finger Flicking Frolic, (now called OBIE’ 4F) the Original Close up Magic Convention which brings the best close up magicians in the world together. Obie has kindly given permission for The IBM British Ring to host an official 4F event at Greenock, definitely not to be missed!


Geoff Williams: Geoff is a fulltime comic, television writer and comedy magician in St. Pete Beach, Florida and performs for corporate and family audiences. He has performed and lectured throughout Europe, South America, Australia, Canada and all over the U.S including at the Magic Castle in Hollywood and at The Magic Circle in London. Geoff has also done online lectures for both Penguin Magic and Murphy’ Magic. His Miracles for Mortals DVD set (produced by Kozmo Magic) has garnered rave reviews worldwide. The DVD single The I Hate David Copperfield Trick was on Penguin Magic’ Bestseller list for over a year. Geoff is a member of IBM, SAM, FFFF and the Academy of Magical Arts. He is known for outrageous, family-friendly comedy mixed with a dose of stunning sleight-of-hand illusions.


Get ready to have some fun! Mat Ricardo, The Gentleman Juggler: One of the most unique, critically-acclaimed, and reliably entertaining variety performers in the world - he was the first man in history to learn to put the tablecloth back on the table, but that’ just one of his incredible feats. He is the winner of the Herald Angel Award for Theatre Excellence, the British Cabaret Award for Best Speciality Act, the Kleinkunst Cabaret Prize, Stagetalk Magazine’ Show of the Year, and the Arts Award pick of the Fringe.  


Geoffrey NEWTON PRO


There has been a great response to our three competitions and there is still time for you to get involved. To enter or for further information please contact: Stage Competition Oliver Tabor: 01702 543242 or otmagicfx@hotmail.com Close-up Competition Bill Simpson: 07710 533188 or w.e.simpson@btinternet.com Ali Bongo Micro Marathon Rick Tynan: 07896 043988 or ibmbritishring25treasurer@ gmail.com


Travel News


If you are flying into Glasgow International Airport for the convention let the Registration Officer have your flight arrival details no later than 1st August 2017 and arrangements will be made to collect you from the airport and take you to your accommodation.  No guarantee can be given for collection if details are received after that date.  Make sure you don't miss out on this welcoming hospitality.

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Greenock 2017 is the 81st Annual Convention of British Ring 25 since its foundation in 1928. Previous events have been held around the country and are listed here.

President Clive Moore and his lady, Jean Elison, will be delighted to welcome you to Greenock 2017 for four days of Magic Shows, Lectures, Workshops, Dealers and friendships that will last for many years

A travel message from Peter McLanachan written whilst on a journey from London to Scotland.


'Scotland too far to travel for next year’s British Ring Convention? Too expensive to travel to Greenock? Please give me a few minutes of your time and allow me to try to convince you otherwise. However, and before I get started, I should apologise to the Irish members – this article is aimed mostly at potential English and Welsh attendees.


Travelling to and from Scotland is very easy with options by both land and air. Whatever mode of transport you are using, you should aim to travel to Glasgow to then make your connection to Greenock. By far, the easiest is by train. Virgin West Coast trains – here – run several times a day from London Euston to Glasgow Central with major stops in Birmingham, Manchester, Preston and Carlisle. There is also Cross Country Trains – here – who run services from Penzance all the way to Glasgow Central. If you’d rather travel through the night, there is the Caledonian Sleeper which runs overnight from London Euston to Glasgow Central. Once you arrive at Glasgow Central the trains for Greenock are less than 150 yards away and run every 10 to 15 minutes (hourly on a Sunday). Once you arrive in Greenock, you are a 4 minute walk from the Convention venue itself.


Here’s a wee tip for booking your train tickets – train tickets only become available 12 weeks beforehand. That means that if you work out what date you are going to travel home on, then count 12 weeks back from that date to start looking into booking your train tickets to have a better chance of getting the cheapest tickets on offer. Let me try to explain it a better way – 2017 Convention finishes on Sunday 10th September meaning the train tickets for travelling back on that date will become available on or around Sunday 18th June 2017. Also, have a look for best fare finders on the various websites (the one for Virgin Trains is here ) which will help you, as it says, find the best fares. You may end up saving some money on your travel that you can later spend at the dealers!


So, why not come up and see us next September. After all, it’s your turn to visit. We’ll provide the party, OK?'