Congressman, the Hon. Pete Sessions (R) of Texas recognized in remarks for the Congressional Record (page E 586) that magic is an “Art” and spoke of the role played by the Society of American Magicians in elevating and advancing this art. His recognition mentions S.A.M. presidents Dal Sanders, Houdini and Thurston and Ambassadors Harry Blackstone Jr. and David Copperfield.
Since the 1960’s the Society has been trying to get Congressional Recognition of “The Art of Magic”. Many Governors and Mayors have given “Magic Week” proclamations but the Federal Government rejected some of the requests as “frivolous”. The political system and the government shutdown set us back for a while. Through the efforts of President Dal Sanders and S.A.M. member Mayor Eric Hogue of Wylie, Texas, a personal meeting was arranged early in April with Congressman Sessions which resulted in this action. Other congressmen have promised to help us in the future with assistance in procuring Federal Arts Grants.
Here is a copy of the text
IN RECOGNITION OF THE ART OF MAGIC — HON. PETE SESSIONS (Extensions of Remarks – April 28, 2014)
HON. PETE SESSIONS OF TEXAS
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Monday, April 28, 2014
Mr. SESSIONS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today on behalf of one of my constituents, Dal Sanders, National President of The Society of American Magicians, to recognize magic as an art.
The art of magic has been around for centuries and is intended to entertain audiences with the staging of tricks and creating seemingly impossible illusions. Throughout its history, magic has grown to show innovative and creative ways to delight and engage audiences worldwide. It takes a great deal of dedication and a strong work ethic to devote the practice time necessary to master this art.
I would specifically like to take this opportunity to recognize the world’s oldest magic organization, The Society of American Magicians, S A M. Since its founding in 1902, The S.A.M. has attempted to elevate and advance the art of magic by promoting an environment for magicians worldwide to come together and share their passion. The S.A.M. members follow in the footsteps of renowned magicians Harry Houdini and Howard Thurston, who each served as national president of The S.A.M., and Harry Blackstone, Jr., and David Copperfield, who both have served as The S.A.M. ambassadors.
Mr. Speaker, I ask my esteemed colleagues to join me in recognizing the art of magic.
Download a copy by Clicking HERE