Ring 49 Broken Wands

  Stanley Hall, 1896 – 1977

  Frank Hayes, 1969 – 1998 I.B.M. #8834 Order of Merlin Excalibur

  Jack Heeren, 1923 – 2002 I.B.M. #18086

  Douglas James Henning, 1947 – 2000

  Doug Hewitt, 1926 – 1997 I.B.M. # 16476

  Bill Ironside, 1935 – 2007 I.B.M. # 21443
See below for Bill’s memorial

  Ronald (Ron) S. Mitchell, 1920 – 2000 I.B.M. #22659 Order of Merlin

  Al Munro, 1925 – 2002 I.B.M. #22443M

  Dale Page, 1944 – 2004 I.B.M. #50628

  Ron Ford, ? – 2009

Jake Brohman, ?-2010  

Maxwell Charles Scott, 1929-2011 

Cameron Douglas Hooten, 1926-2012  

Lifetime honorary member of Ring 49, Cam Hooton passed away Jan 3rd 2012, after a brief illness.  Cam held IBM Membership Number 9964 and was a member of the Order of Merlin Excelsior having continuous membership in the IBM for over 60 years. Cam was also a previous President of IBM Ring 49.  Beloved husband of Mary Hooton. Loving father of Margaret Stradwick (Terry) and the late Virginia Binko (Ken). Cherished grandfather of Michael and Lindsey Stradwick. Cam will be dearly remembered by all his family and friends. Cremation has taken place. A Service of Remembrance will be held at St. James United Church, 306 Parkside Drive, Waterdown, on Thursday, January 12, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. Private interment at Bayview Cemetery, Burlington. For those who wish, expressions of sympathy to St. James United Church, or to The Carpenter Hospice would be sincerely appreciated by the family. www.smithsfh.com

Bill Ironsode memorial notes

Bill Ironside was born May 21, 1935, in Toronto Ontario Canada. He married Betty McDowell from Erin Ontario and they had one son, Terry.

Bill was a policeman from 1961 – 67, and worked for Superior Vault Co. Ltd. (1956 – 61 and 1967 – 95) making and delivering cement burial vaults to cemeteries for 33 years. Bill first became interested in magic at age 10 after his uncle showed him the 21 card trick. Magic became a hobby, performing for family and friends.

It wasn’t until age 30 that Bill performed his first public show as a clown for his employers at their Christmas Party doing a bit of pocket magic and balloon animals as a white faced clown with baggy outfit and floppy hat. He was known as BooBoo the Clown. The following Christmas he was a clown again and did his first paid performance ($10.00). As he was having fun with the kids, Bill decided to do more shows.

Because he didn’t have a real costume he decided to make up his own character. Bill came up with a tramp face, got a Derby hat and an old suit, (which he put patches on and extra pockets for balloons on the inside of the coat), made a wig out of wool and an old t-shirt, and BoBo The Hobo (the bum magician) was born. Bill then put a few tricks together and with a lot of trial and error, finally got at act together which he did for almost 30 years.

Bill performed part time, doing birthday and Christmas parties, the odd fair and parade. When he turned 60 1/2, Bill started realizing that the fun was turning into work and he wasn’t enjoying performing anymore. He retired BoBo on December 31, 1995, but continued to enjoy magic as a hobby.

Bill was a member of: I.B.M., I.B.M. Ring 17 (1967), Ring 49 (1999), Ring 99, (2006), Ring 235 (2001), Canadian Association Of Magicians (1997). Bill was a regular at magic conventions in Canada and The United States, and acted as an Executive in several magic clubs. Bill worked hard for the magic clubs he belonged to and was always there to inspire others.

Bill was also known as “Bicycle Bill” by members and fans of the Toronto Argos’ football team. Bill would ride his bike to practices and games and performed magic for the players. His buddies nick-named him “Separate Bill”, as an inside joke. He had many friends in the magic community.

Bill Ironside died in his sleep on Monday March 12, 2007.
He will be missed by all.

Al Munro Gallery

“I was so touched to see the tribute to Al Munro on your website. He was my uncle. I will not only remember him as a great magician, but also as a loving uncle and
a wonderful man.

Thanks for the memories,
Andy Munro
Stratford Ontario”
March 30, 2004

Al Munro doing his Magic
Al Munro, head and shoulders Al with Rocky
Al receiving an award Al with Adam
Al working the cards