113th Congress Recognizes Magic as an Art and the S.A.M.

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)

[Page: E586]

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.

Congressional Record - The Art of Magic








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  1. Dal Sanders, May 4, 2014:

    I want to thank Mayor Eric Hogue for his help and guidance in getting this done.

  2. jean cairoli, May 4, 2014:

    This its a great step for magic, im glad you did it i hope my country and fellow magicians do the same, i will try as hard as i can, thanks…

  3. Mike Snyder, May 5, 2014:

    Congratulations to Dal Sanders, National President of The Society of American Magicians, on getting Congress to recognize magic as an art. Well done.
    Mike Snyder – Society of American Magicians Pennsylvania State Deputy and President of S.A.M. Assembly 110 – Harrisburg, PA.

  4. Kelly Pucci, June 17, 2014:

    As a fellow S.A.M. member I am pleased that the 113th Congress declared that magic is indeed an art. As a Colon resident I am also pleased to know that the 102nd Congress recognizes Colon,Michigan as the Magic Capital of the World. We will continue to advance the art of magic when magicians break the Guinness World Record for Most Magicians in a Magic Show in Colon on August 6, 2014.

  5. Arthur Martello, October 5, 2014:

    Someone should let the New Your State Council on the arts know about this and put magic back into their grants.

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