S.A.M. Select Sessions in Philadelphia – Marketing

Marketing for Entertainers LIVE! “Select Sessions” at the 2015 S.A.M. Convention are intimate, smaller group sessions of hands-on learning with audience discussion and interaction. SELECT is a play on words, as this is a special, superior discussion and there are concurrent sessions so the conventioneer will have to select the topic that is most meaningful [...]

Late Night Underground Sessions Back by Popular Demand

At the S.A.M. national convention this summer, attendees will be presented with a unique opportunity: the chance to session each night with four talented, up-and-coming, young close-up magicians. The sessions will start, as all good sessions do, late in the evening after the evening shows and will probably go until the wee small hours of [...]

Intimacy at the SAM Convention Theater

The Harry Houdini Theater at the Philadelphia Marriot Downtown will afford all a visual intimate experience. SAM Show Producer Mike Miller, says “Due to the costs, we simply cannot use an outside theater for our Gala Shows. So we will create an intimate theater in the hotel.” The Harry Houdini Theater will consist of a [...]

The S.A.M. 2015 Philadelphia Convention is a Wise Investment

A very wise man from Philadelphia said, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” You can be wise too. Go to Philadelphia for the Society of American Magicians 2015 convention, July 1-4. Save 2,500 pennies if you register before January 1, 2015. It only makes “cents,” do it today! The S.A.M. is 2015’s intimate and [...]


The Society of American Magicians Magic Endowment Fund voted funds to spearhead the forthcoming  cleaning and reparations  to be made by the Houdini Gravesite Restoration Committee  established by the Society.  Chairman David Bowers announced that initial work would  be  done to repair and replace  missing and damaged gem stones on the mosaic at the Excedra.   [...]

Levitating through Magic Week

For this year’s Magic Week festivities, Chairman Shaun Rivera created “Magical Moments in Time” requesting that at a certain time during the week, magicians were to levitate something. Here are some photos that were sent to us showing the “lighter than air” activity. If you have a photo from that week levitating something, please forward [...]

Magician’s Got Talent?

Will a magician ever win on America’s Got Talent? Probably not. The truth is that magicians are judged on an entirely different level. When a magician performs on this “reality” show, their performance is critically based on other factors besides talent. Things like: Have I seen this trick before? Can I figure out how the [...]

Practice vs. Rehearsal: What’s the Difference?

As a teenager, I developed a manipulation act with silks, candles, and cards. Most of the candles were the electronic kind– metal tubes filled with batteries, ignition buttons on the bottom, and a glow wire to spark the flame. These things had some weight! The candles had monofilament loops attached and were hidden in pockets [...]

Watching in a Dark Room

While not a big fan of the paranormal movie genre, a regular release during the Halloween season this year will be missing.  The movie I am referring to is the annual release of the Paranormal Activity series.  It began on 2009 and this year’s installment was to be the uniquely named Paranormal Activity 5.  Don’t [...]

Paranormal Investigation Committee | Near Death Explained?

Charlie Siebert reports: Scientists reveal the science behind near death experiences.  One fifth of people who survive a cardiac arrest (heart stopping) event describe some sort of unexplainable experience while they are clinically dead. A recent Gallup poll claim 3% of the US population has had these experiences. They range from lights at the end [...]