Started in College in 1953, joined the IBM in Dec. 1962. Attended 1st IBM conv. in 1968 at Chattanooga Tn. He has attended 44 out of the last 47 National IBM Conventions.
Joined the IBM Conv. Committee in 1981, served for 15 years (Dealer chairman for 13 years) First two years Registration Chairman. Dealer chairman now for 2013-2014 conventions.
Member Ring 151 (Ottawa Canada), Ring 12 (Buffalo NY), Ring 344 (Myrtle Beach S.C.), Ring 349 (Hilton Head S.C.) & SAM member. IBM representative for FISM, Committee Member for IBM/SAM 2008 & 2014 Conventions. Dealer Coordinator for FISM 1994 in Yokohama Japan.
He has been a Magic Judge for the following Magic conventions. IBM, SAM, FFAP (French conventions in Paris and Dunkirk), 2 Italian conventions (Milan 3 times & Abano), Magi Fest (Columbus Ohio), CAM (5 times Head Judge Canadian Assoc. of Magic), MacMillans (17 times London England), Magic at the Beach (3 times Head Judge at Myrtle Beach S.C.), FISM Judge 2003 in The Hague, 2006 FISM Head Close Up Judge (Sweden), German Judge 2012, Japanese Judge at Hakone convention. He has Judged many small conventions in the USA.
He was also the Close up Coordinator for the following: 2009 FISM World Championships of Magic in Beijing China, FISM 2012 in Blackpool England & 2011 FISM European Championships in England. He was also a Judge in Taiwan and Busan Korea in 2013 & 2014.
He will also be the Close up Coordinator for FISM 2015 in Rimini Italy from July 6th-12th.
He is currently the IBM representative for FISM World Wide.
President International Brotherhood of Magicians 1993-94
P.P. Jaycees of Canton (Jr. Chamber of Commerce), P.P. Canton College CSEA (Civil Service Employees Assoc. for 6 years) , P.P. of Football Officials Assoc., P.P. Hockey Officials Assoc. for 8 years, P.P. Lacrosse officials Associations for 3 years.
He currently does approx. 20-30 magic shows a year mostly in N.Y. State & Canada.
He has performed close up magic at:
Abbotts Conv. 4 times, Tannens Conv. 2 times, Florida State Conv., Magie Montreal Conv., Magic Hands (Germany), Irish Conv. (Ireland), CAM (Canadian Assoc. of Magicians), NYCAN (NY State Canada Conv. 3 times), Gatlinburg Tn. Conv., Tri Cities Conv. (Buffalo, Toronto, Hamilton) IBM Conv. Kansas City MO, Blackpool England Convention (2009) & other one day conventions.
He has attended 13 straight FISM Conventions starting in Vienna in 1976. 2015 will be his 14th.
He started and still runs 4F, Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolic, (now called OBIE’S 4F) the Original Close Up Magic Convention in 1971 and 2015 will be the 45th 4F. This convention brings the best close up magicians in the world together each April for 4 days of Close up Magic. He was on the Board of directors of CEMK (Close Encounters of the Magic Kind) for 20 years, Desert Magic Seminar (Las Vegas) for 28 years.
He has performed close up table magic at many restaurants but the one he is most proud of is that he has done table magic at the #1 one restaurant in Alex Bay NY called Cavallarios Steak and Sea Food every Mother’s Day for 43 straight years and May 2014 will be his 44th.
He has performed table magic at 8 different Club Meds plus the Club Med #2 boat. He also has performed in Aruba at a Hotel Casino there. He has done magic shows in many Canadian cities like, Ottawa, Toronto, Kingston, Morrisburg, Cardinal, Cornwall etc. Plus Lake Placid, Albany and Lake George NY. He has done magic shows in 4 different N.Y. prisons.