A Message from Ben Train

Members of the IBM Ring 17 Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit magic club, 

I owe you a sincere apology. 

For those unaware, in June of this year I approached James Alan, who was stewederding the Ring 17 club at the time, with a proposition to change the club in several important and meaningful ways. 

Although my proposal received lots of support from both older members and possible new ones, I also managed to upset some people who care deeply about the club. These people pointed out that good intentions or not, it wasn’t my place nor my right to implement what I was suggesting.

After a great deal of introspection I’ve come to realize these people are right.. and that means I was wrong. 

My goal with every project I undertake is to make the people involved happy and the impacted communities better. I clearly didn’t do that here.

And for that I’m truly sorry.

But words aren’t enough- they also need to be backed up by action. So how do we move forward from here?

First, the club will go back to the old name, the IBM Ring 17 Hat and Rabbit Sid Lorraine Magic Club. This should be done by the time the club has its first lecture of the year, Mike Close, on Monday September 30th (yes we’re aware it’s a Jewish Holiday. The venue changed the original date on us, which was the 23rd, last minute and it was either cancel the September lecture or move it to that night). 

Second, we have scheduled a town hall to get input from anyone who wants to share. THAT IS STILL HAPPENING tomorrow (Monday the 23rd), from 6:30-8pm, at The Imperial Pub (54 Dundas Street East). I sincerely hope that all of you can be there. 

Third, since no new executive was elected at the end of last season, several positions will need to be filled. So anyone who is interested in taking part, now is the time to speak up! 

Finally, regarding the multiple suggestions I received about starting a secondary club… right now it’s not something I’m able to do. I cannot imagine a world in which two clubs in the same city wouldn’t cannibalize from each other, which would inhibit either club’s ability to provide its members with the quality programming needed to make the experience profitable and worthwhile.

So with my tail between my legs I crawl back to my own sandbox. I hope you’ll all forgive me and I sincerely hope the club can move forward and find a way to reinvigorate itself. 

Best wishes, 

Ben Train
Co-Founder of The Toronto Magic Company