Tom Clifford (L) and John Fedko (R)
Ring 313, the John Fedko Ring, was founded by several attendees of a magic class presented by John Fedko at Saddleback College in 1994. John has been conducting magic classes at South Orange County schools for several years.
Due to the fact that South Orange County had no organized magic club (the closest being OCMC in Buena Park, and IBM rings in Hollywood and Long Beach)—the need was evident. Tom Clifford obtained a petition from the International Brotherhood of Magicians and distributed it to the Charter Members:
Our charter was granted and the First Meeting was held at the Paine Webber building (thanks to Ken Clark) on February 22, 1995. Shortly after that, our rapid growth required we move the meetings to our present location, the Irvine Ranch Water District, which Richard Leeds secured for our use.
The First Officers were:
President - Tom Clifford
Vice President - Chuck Lubin
Secretary - Tricia Lewis
Treasurer - Ken Clark
Sergeant-at-Arms - Jay Armendariz
Since that first meeting in February 1995, we have enjoyed various programs and events, including lectures by John Fedko, T.C. Tahoe, Arnold Furst, Aldo Colombini, Brian Geer, Brad Burt, Dick Barry, Scorpio, Dan Fleshman, Dale Salwak, Dr. Bob Doggett, Loren Christopher Michael, Joycee Beck, John Kennedy, Allan Ackerman, and Mark Jenest.
We have also had special workshops with Dan Harlan, David Neighbors, Ron London, Jay Sankey, Rafael Benatar, Lennart Green and John Carney. Ring 313 has over 100 members and is made up of the most diverse group of individuals imaginable. Our strength is our diversity.
For more information about the history of the John Fedko Ring, click here for a special free e-book about the members of IBM Ring 313. You can also donate to our group here: https://donorbox.org/ring313