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Topic: Which is Best? SAM or IBM?
Message: Posted by: obsidian52 (Jul 20, 2016 11:00AM)
I know the answer probably is both, but is it more like Chicken or Fish or Ford or Chevy? I don't know, that's why I'm asking..i was a member of SAM for years, I moved to North Carolina from Maryland and found the closest club to me was an IBM ring (#199 in Raleigh) so I thought it would be best/serve me better... if I became a member of IBM, which I did....Sooo, I'm guessing the question may be moot at this point Yes?
Message: Posted by: donny (Jul 22, 2016 03:24PM)
"Ask not what you can GET from your country..."
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Jul 22, 2016 04:50PM)
Both have monthly magazines, both have local clubs in most areas, both have annual conventions. I don't know if there really is a "best" regarding these two organizations. A lot may depend on the membership of these clubs. Some are very interactive and others are the typical clique groups. I personally have belonged to both org for over 50 years and have gotten benefit from both.
Message: Posted by: Ba Ba Booey (Jul 22, 2016 07:54PM)
If you go by the magazine, there is only one clear choice.
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Jul 23, 2016 04:58PM)
[quote]On Jul 22, 2016, Ba Ba Booey wrote:
If you go by the magazine, there is only one clear choice. [/quote]

You must mean "Genii" :rotf:

It all depends on your point of view. Neither the Linking Ring nor MUM is the magazine they used to be.
Message: Posted by: Rodney Palmer (Jul 24, 2016 01:32AM)
True, The Linking Ring nor the MUM are what they used to be.

But for me, MUM is a way better published magazine without all of the fluff that TLR has in it. More color, better columns, better photographs, and frankly a better editor and publisher.

Rodney
Message: Posted by: obsidian52 (Jul 28, 2016 06:04PM)
As the original poster...It sounds like the choice is more personal choice than anything else!!! like choosing between Ford and Chevy.
Message: Posted by: blurrylines (Aug 9, 2016 07:44AM)
Can someone be a member of both?
Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Aug 9, 2016 08:33AM)
[quote]On Aug 9, 2016, blurrylines wrote:
Can someone be a member of both? [/quote]

Yes! I am a member of both and I also subscribe to GENII and MAGIC.
Message: Posted by: M. Tesla (Aug 26, 2016 04:49PM)
[quote]On Jul 23, 2016, Dave Scribner wrote:
[quote]On Jul 22, 2016, Ba Ba Booey wrote:
If you go by the magazine, there is only one clear choice. [/quote]

You must mean "Genii" :rotf:

It all depends on your point of view. Neither the Linking Ring nor MUM is the magazine they used to be. [/quote]

Wow, did you say a mouthful...they're both disappointing and I'm finding Genii isn't close to what it used to be under the Larson's...I was just about to subscribe to MAGIC, but I guess that's a no-go now...trying to figure out if I can afford that last 25 issues special...
Message: Posted by: Driften (Sep 3, 2016 12:43PM)
[quote]On Jul 23, 2016, Rodney Palmer wrote:
True, The Linking Ring nor the MUM are what they used to be.

But for me, MUM is a way better published magazine without all of the fluff that TLR has in it. More color, better columns, better photographs, and frankly a better editor and publisher.

Rodney [/quote]

I am now a member now of both groups. MUM is a way better published magazine of the two. So if you are doing to more for reading about magic SAM is a little better....
Message: Posted by: KendallP (Oct 3, 2016 07:55PM)
Tesla II - ".I was just about to subscribe to MAGIC, but I guess that's a no-go now...trying to figure out if I can afford that last 25 issues special..."

Not an "issue" any more since the MAGIC Legacy project was canceled. Not enough new subscribers. I was a charter subscriber to MAGIC bc I had subscribed to Inside Magic Newsletter before.

I think IBM and SAM are both good organizations. If you can afford it, it might be worth belonging to both.

KP