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Silver Wand Club

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The Silver Wand Club was an organization for youngsters in Toronto founded by Peter Isaacs (1950-1986) and later run by Jimmy Lake (1909-1985).

They met in the basement of Bathurst Heights Public Library one Saturday afternoon each month during the school year. Each meeting was comprised of a discussion about magical "business", as well as performances by members of the club. In addition, Jimmy Lake often brought in special guests to perform, such as Ron Leonard of Uncle Bobby Show fame. The latter part of each meeting featured a dealer table set up by Jimmy Lake so members of the club could purchase magical effects at reasonable prices, or trade used effects between themselves. A number of the members of this club went on to become well-known Toronto magicians in their own right. The meetings were often times recorded by magician and magic historian Robert "Bob" Taylor.

Their newsletter, The Wand (also called "Inner Circle"), was edited and partially written by Lloyd Wasser in the 1970s.

Members included:

  • Ari Soroka
  • Lloyd Wasser
  • Ian Carpenter
  • Mike Ross
  • Kevin Frazer
  • John B. Goodyear
  • Rick Harkness
  • Randy Lee
  • David Hale
  • Brian Katzman
  • Jason Maloney
  • David Merry
  • Rick Silver
  • Gary Thompson
  • Rudy Hunter
  • Will Major
  • Bob Montgomery
  • Jim Tice
  • Angelo Zorbas
  • Erick Roberts
  • James Sheridan
  • John Thompson