History

J. Ronald HainesW.W. Durbin Ring 71, Beginnings…  Cincinnati has always been a hotbed for magic as evidenced by such notable names in magic as Stewart Judah, John Braun, Lester Lake, and John Snyder.

Early on Ring 71 met at John Snyder’s magic shop in nearby Norwood, its name honoring W.W. Durbin, the first elected IBM President from Kenton, Ohio.  When Ronald Haines purchased the shop from Snyder’s widow and moved the business to his residence, the club began meeting there.

Ring 71 became the J. Ronald Haines – W.W. Durbin Ring in 1974.

Today… Ring 71 is a thriving club that combines youthful exuberance with seasoned experience.  The members enjoy many excellent lectures, workshops, an annual holiday banquet, and a yearly picnic combined with the local Society of American Magicians (S.A.M.).  When visiting Cincinnati, we would love to see you at one of our meetings. Come hungry though, as we always wrap up the evening at a nearby eatery for late night socializing, trick sharing, and feasting!

Interested in membership or attending one of our meetings? Good! Because we personally extend an invitation for you and your family to attend a meeting of the J. Ronald Haines — W.W. Durbin Ring 71. We welcome all fellow conjurors and will gladly provide directions via email or telephone. You may also get driving directions from this website.