Ottawa, Ontario, Canada has been the home of many magicians. Our most well-known export was the renowned Professor himself, Dai Vernon. But Vernon spent little time in Ottawa, and the magician who made the biggest mark on the local magic community is the inimitable Roy Cottee, the founding President of Ottawa’s chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Ring 151, known since 1998 as The Roy Cottee Ring. The story of the renaming can be found below, as written by Jack “Jacko” Marshall and published in the Linking Ring, the monthly magazine of the I.B.M.
Currently in his 90’s, Roy is still a font of magical knowledge and enthusiasm. All of us who are fortunate to have spent time with him and benefit from his experience are better for it.