(S.A.M. President 1917-1926)
Invites you to explore the mysteries of magical fellowship by joining St. Louis' FIRST
We are a friendly, fun-loving group of devotees to the Art of Magic. As a non-profit social organization, our purpose is to promote Magic and share ways to effectively perform effects in an entertaining manner. Our Assembly 8 (an early branch of the Society of American Magicians) is here for ALL people interested in the art, including collectors, historians, and hobbyists as well as professional and amateur performers. Besides the prestige, our Society has many benefits and resources for magic entertainers and fans. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 7pm to 9pm at the St. Louis Senior Center- 5602 Arsenal St., Saint Louis, Missouri 63139. Our contact information is listed below, and also the link to the worldwide parent organization. Come join us in the fun!!!
History of the Society of American Magicians
The Society of American Magicians, founded on May 10, 1902, in Martinka’s famous magic shop in New York City, New York, is the oldest and most prestigious magical society in the world. For over a century it has promoted the ideals shared by Kellar, Houdini, Thurston and more than 47,000 others world-wide who have held membership in the society. Those ideals include the elevation of the Art of Magic, the promotion of harmony among magicians, and the opposition of the unnecessary public exposure of magical effects.
The S.A.M. offers the opportunity to unite and associate with leaders in the World of Magic – not only professionals, but amateurs, manufacturers, magic dealers, book authors and magic collectors. Through its monthly publications, annual conventions, and with almost 300 Assemblies throughout the world, the S.A.M. provides the necessary forum for the advancement of magic through discussions, lectures, research, performances, and exchange of magic secrets within the magic community. To promote those endeavors the S.A.M. presents awards and fellowships in recognition of outstanding achievement in the Art of Magic.
If you have a serious interest in the Art of Magic then you, too, can follow in the footsteps of Harry Houdini, Harry Blackstone, Jr., Siegfried & Roy, Lance Burton, Mac King, Mat Franco, and David Copperfield by joining the most prestigious magical organization in the world – The Society of American Magicians.
Interesting Facts About The Society of American Magicians...
The Society of American Magicians was established on May 10,1902, in New York City, with a membership of 24.
On February 7, 1903, Ehrich Weiss (a.k.a. Harry Houdini) was elected to membership.
The Fourth Annual Dinner Show held on June 4,1908, included Harry Kellar, Harry Houdini, Howard Thurston, Signor
Deadato, Imro Fox, T. Nelson Downs, and others!
In June, 1917, Harry Houdini was elected National President of the S.A.M., a position he held until his untimely death on October 31, 1926.
Over 250 S.A.M. Assemblies have been established world wide.
“M-U-M” is the official publication of the S.A.M. The letters stand for “Magic – Unity – Might.”
The Society of Young Magicians (S.Y.M.) was established in July,1984. Nearly 100 S.Y.M. Assemblies have been established since that time. The official publication of the S.Y.M. is The “Magic SYMbol.”
In July 2002, the Society celebrated its Centennial Year in New York City.
Also in July of 2002, on the 3rd, the US Postal Services issued a Houdini Commemorative Stamp during the Centennial Celebration