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The Official publication of the I.B.M. Ring 40, known as the “Drinking Ring” of Winnipeg, Canada, in association with The Rounders Of The Night Table.

The material within 'some' of these issues are, shall we say: Xrated, fifthly, dirty, raunchy, grotesque,

 
In other words, in GREAT DEMAND by those magazine collectors out there in CollectorLand.
 
Don’t get me wrong, there is a occasional good article and magic trick to shock your neighbors with.
 
As Sid Lorraine put it in the New TOPSs February 1971 issue:

“Just saw my first couple copies of CHAOS, the official journal of Winnipeg’s Ring 40 Magic Club...known as The Drinking Ring. This bunch of western souserers, from all reports, whoop it up plenty at their meetings and a lot of good magic is washed down with suds. Their magazine is the zaniest I’ve seen and among the wild nutty notes one can actually find a lot of good magic. It is refreshing to find a group that do not take themselves too seriously, but have fun. Unfortunately, you can’t subscribe to this publication, it is for club members only.”

 
Later on they would sell subscriptions, but this would explain why you don’t see too many of the early issues offered. For the most part, the issues have to come from a collection of a member or contributor from back in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Some issues came with Supplements, some didn't. - $15.00each -or- 3 or more: $12.50each

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#18 - November 1970 - Ring 40 Silver Anniversary Issue - 22pages
 
Supplements: (1) Silver Plated Toilet Paper. (2) Reproduction of 1st Printed Playing Card
 
Some of the contents within include: 25 Years by Mel Stover - An Epic Steel Engraving - Ring 444 1/4 Phony Falls Pesky Prestidigitators Celebrate Big Silver Anniversary, A Special Report by Foundly D.T. Crunchkite - The Poetic Corner presents “Luigi At The Bar” - Ring 40 Horosquare by Pros. Revoltsem - A Taste of Money, A close up coin routine by Gene Shelley - Rouvan’s Silk Production by Terry K. Greenwood - Challenges, Games, Gags and Puzzles with Money, Glasses, Bottles and Booze

    

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#24 - October 1971 - 11pages.

 
Supplements: (1) Beadless Abacus Puzzle Piece (8½x11). (2) Playing Card Calendar
 
Some of the contents within include: This Month’s Bonus’ - Backtrack - Backdated - Corked, Cracked Corner - Letter Department - Further Note - Childlain Mystifier Says: - The Record Scene - Etcetera (sometimes called filler) - Turn-A-Bout by Martin A. Nash - Shoddy Magic Company Clearance, Sale of the Century - Beadless Abacus by Mel Stover - Magicana Canadiana - A Model Dialogue by Stephen Leacock

    

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#29 - December 1972 - 11pages - Stated number on the Cover is #28, but inside it’s shown as its real number of 29.

 
Supplements include: (1) Albert Goshman Sunkist Advertisement. (2) 9 out of 10 Women Card. (3) Know Your Limit calendar/card.
 
Some of the contents within include: Footsies Look At Entertainment Around The World - Albert Goshman letter to the Editor (Gene Shelly) - Find The Lady (Stag Version) an in depth stud dy by Billy McComb, Mel Stover, Wilfrid Johnson - Three Card Monte - For Gentlemen Only by Wilfrid Johnson - Limerics - Notice To All Members.
 
Some Covers issued with an image or two hand colored and some without any coloration.

     

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#30a - April 1973 - 19pages. No Supplements issued this month.
 
Some of the contents within include: Your Presidential (Gene Shelly) Dart Board - Back To The Bible - The Adventures of the Linking Rings - Yorkshire Lad - Entertaining Tiny Tots - Belches From The Ring - By Their Fruits ye Shall Know Them - Orgyami - Magic Words - D.T. Sourmash Looks Into Pandora’s Box, A Review - Poetic Corner - Pandora’s Box Nr. 1 - The Great Fiasco.

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#30b - April 1973 - 19pages. No Supplements issued this month.

 
Some of the contents within include: Your Presidential (Gene Shelly) Dart Board - Back To The Bible - The Adventures of the Linking Rings - Yorkshire Lad - Entertaining Tiny Tots - Belches From The Ring - By Their Fruits ye Shall Know Them - Orgyami - Magic Words - D.T. Sourmash Looks Into Pandora’s Box, A Review - Poetic Corner - Pandora’s Box Nr. 1 - The Great Fiasco.
 
Some Covers issued with an image or two hand colored and some without any coloration.

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#34a - October 1974 - 15pages
 
Supplements include: (1) Set of two “Porno Stamps”. (2) Gimmick for “Think of a Word”. Can’t show due to ‘cuss words’. (3) Two “Chaos Calling Cards” (Bruce Dunn and Robert Reed). (4) Numbers 3, 4, and 1 un-Numbered “Chaos Tarot Cards”.
 
Some of the contents within include: Chaos Cutouts (dress your Jasper doll) - An In Depth Study of the History of the Magic Wand by E. Gapp - Pandora’s Box Nr. 5 - Martin Gardner’s Great Think-Of-A-Four-Letter-Word Mystery - More Mutterings From Minch by Stephen Minch - The Great Rajah Rabid’s Master One-Man Spirit Seance Routine - Important Dates in History.

  

     

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#34b - October 1974 - 15pages

 
Supplements include: (1) Set of two “Porno Stamps”. (2) Gimmick for “Think of a Word”. Can’t show due to ‘cuss words’. (3) Two “Chaos Calling Cards” (Bruce Dunn and Robert Reed). (4) Numbers 3, 4, and 1 un-Numbered “Chaos Tarot Cards”.
 
Some of the contents within include: Chaos Cutouts (dress your Jasper doll) - An In Depth Study of the History of the Magic Wand by E. Gapp - Pandora’s Box Nr. 5 - Martin Gardner’s Great Think-Of-A-Four-Letter-Word Mystery - More Mutterings From Minch by Stephen Minch - The Great Rajah Rabid’s Master One-Man Spirit Seance Routine - Important Dates in History.
 
Two different covers. One with a textured white cover and the other with a smooth vanilla cover.
 
One of the Tarot Cards hand colored in some of the issues, not all.

  

     

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#36 - August 1975 thru March 1976 - 14pages - Last Issue!!

 
Supplement: Set of 4 Miniature Stamps In A Glassine Envelope.
 
Some of the contents within include: Magic Books & Tricks sales page with titles and effects you’ll find no where else except here in CHAOS - Pandora’s Box Nr. 7 - One Man Levitation, the remarkable magical inventions of E.Gapp - Letter to LundDunn of Marshall, Michigan from Fifi’s Massage Parlor - Letter from Bruce Dunn to Mr. Sourmash - The Adventures of The Linking Rings, “The Last Tangle in Paris” - Mutterings From Minch by Stephen Minch - Burlingame’s Last Legacy To The Conjuring Fraternity: Magical Codpieces. Edited by Stephen Minch (A: The Phallic Pull. B: The Hyponotic Cod. C: The Servante Cod. D: The Cod Holdout. E: The Zombie Cod. F: The Mentalist Cod. G: The Patriotic Cod) - New And Old Tricks (another sales page with Tricks you’ll find no where else except here in CHAOS)

              

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