International Brotherhood of Magicians, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
About Bob Hutchings & Ring 130
Bob Hutchings was born on May 15th, 1915. He was a great creator and performer of magic, who lived in the Jacksonville area with his wife Golden. He was known for inventing and developing magic like the Slap Card Trick.
Bob Hutchings in the Magic Shack
Photo of Ring 130 at Ring Charter in 1952 - Bob Hutchings is back row, 3rd from left
Photo courtesy of Albert S. Galton
Bob performed many magic shows in local area schools under the name of "Bob Burston".
Bob was the first President of IBM Ring 130 for the 1952-53 year, and was handed the Charter document on October 20th, 1952 at the Seminole Hotel. For many years, Bob held the IBM Ring 130 meetings in the Hutchings Magic Shack, a magic store that he built at the side of his house in Griflet Road, in the Arlington area of Jacksonville.
Bob loved well made magic props and was often heard to say "If you've never seen the best, you don't know the difference."
Although Ring 130 became inactive for a period of time, Bob was right there to help reactivate the Ring in the late 60's and early 70's. Bob remained active with the ring until his death in 1989.
In later years, IBM Ring 130 has met in various different locations on a regular basis. They have met at Carl Ferbreche's home, Freckles' store, Amazing Mr. G's in Orange Park, Campeche Bay in Regency, the American Cafe in Mandarin, Steak & Ale in Baymeadows, the Golden Corral, the Wingate Hotel, and in its present location, at the Country Inn & Suites on Salisbury Road.