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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.   [...]

Magic History at S.A.M. 2015 Convention in Philadelphia

The Society of American Magicians (S.A.M.) was founded in 1902 in the back room of Martinkas Magic Shop in New York City, and W. Golden Mortimer was their first President. Harry Houdini was the organization’s 11th President, serving from 1917 to 1926, and he was instrumental in taking the organization to a National level, helping [...]

Ray Goulet to be Honored in Philadelphia

Raymond Goulet, owner of The Magic Art Studio and Mini Museum of Magic in Watertown, Massachusetts, will be The Society of American Magicians 2015 Convention Guest of Honor. The convention will take place in Philadelphia, July 1-4, 2015 When the annual Society of American Magicians Convention comes to Philadelphia, July 1-4   2015 at the Marriott [...]

A Day of Levitations on October 26

October 26, 2014 at 7:00pm CDT-*  “A Magical Moment in Time” will commence when all performing magicians of the Society of American Magicians in the  U.S and Canada will present a levitation  at their performances.   Watch for dollar bills , paper roses, silver balls ,  tables or even volunteers from the audience  to   float in [...]

Magic Week Proclaimed Oct 25-31, 2014

Kenrick  “Ice”  McDonald ,  National President of the Society of American Magicians, proclaimed the week of October 25 to October 31 2014  as National Magic Week throughout the United States and Canada. For more than forty years the Society has recognized the anniversary of the death of Harry Houdini with a special “week” of events [...]

Magic Summit Set for Vegas

This just in from a new concept in improving the magic club experience… The Magic Summit is a leadership conference for magicians, focusing on strengthening magic clubs and improving the local club experience. It is sponsored by the Society of American Magicians and MAGIC Magazine. The Summit is being produced by Stan Allen, Brian Daniel [...]

Convention Contest Winners Announced

The results of the three contests held at the St. Louis convention are listed below.  We thank all the artists that participated in the contests.  Congratulations to the winners! North American Champion – Stage: Trevor & Lorena Watters (Canada) North American Champion – Close-Up: Shin Lim (Canada) People’s Choice – Stage: Hun Lee (South Korea) People’s Choice [...]

Packed Schedule for St Louis

We hope you have time to eat and sleep! Here is the final convention schedule for St Louis. IBM/SAM 2014 COMBINED CONVENTION SCHEDULE SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Lance Burton Youth Seminar MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Lance Burton Youth Seminar 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM Registration [...]

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 [...]

New S.A.M. Conference Head Named

Parker Colorado— March 19, 2014 — At the Spring National Council Meeting, The Society of American Magicians announced that PNP John Apperson has stepped down as Convention Chairman. John has literally turned the S.A.M. National Conventions around. It is no secret that the Annual Conference had been losing money before he took over. Under his [...]