In a matter of hours, I set my feet upon the road east and on to Magifest, the 80th annual gathering of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. It is the culmination of over 2 years of hard work and many a restless night as I strive towards fulfilling the Royal Command of Her Majetsy, Princess Ozma.
I think back to my childhood and memories of magic club meetings, performances and dreams of illusions. I still recall a day when I was 9 or 10 and my father took me by the hand and led me into our first magic club meeting in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It was to be the beginning of a wonderful journey into legerdemain, sleight-of-hand and more friendships than I can ever keep track of.
Soon, Ring 210; the Duke Stern Ring had formed and we were magicians. It has been a life-long passion and now, in less than a day, I will find myself once more (to quote the Wizard of Oz) "consulting, conversing and otherwise hobnobbing with my brother wizards" as I attend the 80th annual Magifest.
I have attended many such Magifests and each one is as unique and fun an event as my very first one in 1971. Such is the world of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
When I set out to write my stories of Oz, I knew that my life in magic would become a central theme and with the publication of my third book, Family of Oz., that theme has been realized and the Royal Magician of Oz Trilogy now completes my long and sometimes arduous journey. I am humbled by the support I have received from those in the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the world of Oz and from children, both young and old alike.
What will come of my journey into the world of Magifest, I cannot say. I only know that I am back among my fellow magicians and I am happy.Life is good!
Her Majesty, Princess Ozma is equally pleased and has blessed me with Her Love and support.
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma