magician John Pye, from Clitheroe, has just been installed as the International President of The International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM). John is only the fourth British person to take this role in the society’s 90-year history, having been formally installed at the IBM’s 2012 convention, held in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. Achieving this accolade of a worldwide organisation must be the ultimate success for any magician.
John has worked hard for the art of magic for many years now, so this honour is a well deserved recognition of his efforts. He also remains Secretary to the IBM British Ring (the local UK branch) and was also its president in 1995. He is also a Member of The Inner Magic Circle (London) with Gold Star.
John’s interest in magic came from humble beginnings, like so many successful magicians, with a box of tricks as a Christmas present during his childhood days. This sparked off an interest and then with the help of a book on conjuring tricks, borrowed from the local library, the magic bug had definitely bitten.
John initially intended to take up a career in teaching but instead joined the family firm of photographers and printers, Pye’s of Clitheroe, founded by John’s grandfather. The company is still thriving today.
Despite having never lived more than 10 miles from where he was born, John will now take on a global year of travelling to represent the IBM at many international conventions throughout the world.
Let’s just hope is flying carpet is up to it!