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A non-profit social order devoted to the advancement of magic. Its clubhouse is the famed [[Magic Castle]], one of the most unique private clubs in the world.
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'''Academy of Magical Arts''' is a  non-profit social order devoted to the advancement of magic. Its clubhouse is the famed [[Magic Castle]], one of the most unique private clubs in the world.
  
The AMA was started in April 1952 by [[William W. Larsen, Sr.]] (see [[Genii 1952 April]]), whom subscribers to his magazine [[Genii]] became instant members. But the organization faded away when Bill Larsen Sr. passed away at the age of 48 in 1955.
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The AMA was started in April [[1952]] by [[William W. Larsen, Sr.]], whom subscribers to his magazine [[Genii]] became instant members. But the organization faded away when Bill Larsen Sr. passed away at the age of 48 in 1955.<ref> [[Genii 1952 April]]</ref>
In 1961, when Bill Larsen Sr.'s younger son, [[Milt Larsen]], started creating the [[Magic Castle]] there was no club. He convinced his brother [[Bill Larsen Jr.]] that it would be a good time to resurrect the Academy of Magical Arts. The first members were again Genii subscribers.  
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In [[1961]], when Bill Larsen Sr.'s younger son, [[Milt Larsen]], started creating the [[Magic Castle]] there was no club. He convinced his brother [[Bill Larsen Jr.]] that it would be a good time to resurrect the Academy of Magical Arts. The first members were again Genii subscribers.  Bill was Chairman and the original Board of Directors was composed of [[Harry Mendoza]], [[Frederick Shields]], [[George Boston]], [[Alvin Jansen]] and [[Norman Carroll]] (who died before the club went into operation).
  
 
There are several types of membership:
 
There are several types of membership:
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The following are the list published in the AMA program each year.
 
The following are the list published in the AMA program each year.
 
=== Masters Fellowship ===
 
=== Masters Fellowship ===
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(Date presented)
 
* 1968  [[Dai Vernon]]
 
* 1968  [[Dai Vernon]]
* 1969  (date of banquet moved moved)
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* 1969  (date of banquet moved)
* 1970   [[Cardini]]
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* 1970   [[Cardini]]
 
* 1971 [[Virgil And Julie]]  
 
* 1971 [[Virgil And Julie]]  
 
* 1972 [[Senor Frakson]]  
 
* 1972 [[Senor Frakson]]  
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* 1996 [[Billy McComb]]
 
* 1996 [[Billy McComb]]
 
* 1997 [[Alex Elmsley]]
 
* 1997 [[Alex Elmsley]]
*1998 [[Bev Bergeron]]
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* 1998 [[Bev Bergeron]]
 
* 1999 [[John Gaughan]]
 
* 1999 [[John Gaughan]]
 
* 2000 [[Stan Kramien]]
 
* 2000 [[Stan Kramien]]
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*1992 [[Juan Tamariz]]
 
*1992 [[Juan Tamariz]]
 
*1993 [[Jeff McBride]]
 
*1993 [[Jeff McBride]]
*1994 The Pendragons
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*1994 [[The Pendragons]]
 
*1995 [[Penn & Teller]]
 
*1995 [[Penn & Teller]]
 
*1996 [[Ricky Jay]]
 
*1996 [[Ricky Jay]]
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* 1969 [[Frakson]]; [[Slydini]]
 
* 1969 [[Frakson]]; [[Slydini]]
 
* 1970 [[Kuda Bux]]
 
* 1970 [[Kuda Bux]]
* 1971 [[Richiardi]]
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* 1971 [[Richiardi, Jr.]]
 
* 1972 [[Les Levante]]
 
* 1972 [[Les Levante]]
 
* 1973 [[Maurice Rooklyn]]
 
* 1973 [[Maurice Rooklyn]]
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* 2001 [[Earl Nelson]]; [[The Pendragons]]
 
* 2001 [[Earl Nelson]]; [[The Pendragons]]
 
* 2002 [[Harry Lorayne]]; [[Alan Shaxon]]
 
* 2002 [[Harry Lorayne]]; [[Alan Shaxon]]
* 2003 [[Walter "Zaney" Blaney]]
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* 2003 [[Walter Blaney|Walter "Zaney" Blaney]]
 
* 2004 [[Magic Christian]]
 
* 2004 [[Magic Christian]]
* 2005 [[Bobby Baxter]]; [[Fl!p Hallema]]
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* 2005 [[Bobby Baxter]]; [[Flip Hallema]]
  
 
=== Creative Fellowship ===
 
=== Creative Fellowship ===
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* 1986 [[Bill Larsen | Bill]] & [[Irene Larsen]]
 
* 1986 [[Bill Larsen | Bill]] & [[Irene Larsen]]
 
* 1987 [[Robert Lund]]
 
* 1987 [[Robert Lund]]
* 1988 [[Ken de Coursey]]; [[Robert Albo]]
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* 1988 [[Ken de Courcy]]; [[Robert Albo]]
 
* 1989 [[David Price]]
 
* 1989 [[David Price]]
 
* 1990 [[Mickey Hades]]
 
* 1990 [[Mickey Hades]]
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* 1976 [[Shirley Carroll]]; [[Johnny Carson]]; [[Danny Dew]]
 
* 1976 [[Shirley Carroll]]; [[Johnny Carson]]; [[Danny Dew]]
 
* 1977 [[Loring Campbell]]
 
* 1977 [[Loring Campbell]]
* 1978 Lloyd E. Jones
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* 1978 [[Lloyd E. Jones]]
* 1979 Len Vintus; Burling Hull
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* 1979 Len Vintus; [[Burling Hull]]
 
* 1980 Geraldine Larsen Jaffe; Jane Thurston Shepard
 
* 1980 Geraldine Larsen Jaffe; Jane Thurston Shepard
 
* 1981 Moi-yo Miller
 
* 1981 Moi-yo Miller
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* 1984 Marie Marshall; Orson Welles; Shigeo Tagaki
 
* 1984 Marie Marshall; Orson Welles; Shigeo Tagaki
 
* 1986 Harry Stanley; Stan Kramien; James Randi
 
* 1986 Harry Stanley; Stan Kramien; James Randi
* 1987 Bob Barker; Jimmy Ravel
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* 1987 [[Bob Barker]]; Jimmy Ravel
 
* 1988 Tom Bradley; Homer Hudson
 
* 1988 Tom Bradley; Homer Hudson
 
* 1989 John Fisher
 
* 1989 John Fisher
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* 1993 John Salisse
 
* 1993 John Salisse
 
* 1994 Ton Onasaka
 
* 1994 Ton Onasaka
* 1995 Lynette Chappell; Litzka Raymond Gibson; Maurice Pierre; John Salisse
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* 1995 Lynette Chappell; [[Litzka Raymond Gibson]]; Maurice Pierre; John Salisse
 
* 1996 Joe Stevens
 
* 1996 Joe Stevens
 
* 1997 Roy Walton; Senor Wences
 
* 1997 Roy Walton; Senor Wences
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* 2005 Jessica Phillips
 
* 2005 Jessica Phillips
  
== Official Web Site ==
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http://www.magiccastle.com/ama/index.cfm
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== References ==
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* The Academy of Magical Arts Awards Shows A 20 Year Retrospect by Paul Butler in [[Genii 1988 January]]
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{{References}}
 
{{wikipedia}}
 
{{wikipedia}}
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* The Academy of Magical Arts Awards Shows A 20 Year Retrospect by Paul Butler in [[Genii 1988 January]]
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* http://www.magiccastle.com/ama/index.cfm
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[[Category:Magic Organizations]]
 
[[Category:Magic Organizations]]

Revision as of 19:05, 20 November 2012

Academy of Magical Arts is a non-profit social order devoted to the advancement of magic. Its clubhouse is the famed Magic Castle, one of the most unique private clubs in the world.

The AMA was started in April 1952 by William W. Larsen, Sr., whom subscribers to his magazine Genii became instant members. But the organization faded away when Bill Larsen Sr. passed away at the age of 48 in 1955.[1]

In 1961, when Bill Larsen Sr.'s younger son, Milt Larsen, started creating the Magic Castle there was no club. He convinced his brother Bill Larsen Jr. that it would be a good time to resurrect the Academy of Magical Arts. The first members were again Genii subscribers. Bill was Chairman and the original Board of Directors was composed of Harry Mendoza, Frederick Shields, George Boston, Alvin Jansen and Norman Carroll (who died before the club went into operation).

There are several types of membership:

  • MAGICIAN (REGULAR) MEMBERS
  • ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
  • HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIPS and VIP MEMBERSHIPS
  • JUNIOR MEMBERSHIPS

There is an annual Academy of Magical Arts Award Show and Banquet. The highest award given is the Masters Fellowship.

Contents

Awards

The following are the list published in the AMA program each year.

Masters Fellowship

(Date presented)

Lifetime Achievement Fellowship

Magician of the Year

Performing Fellowship

Creative Fellowship

Literary Fellowship

Special Fellowship

COMEDY MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR

  • 2003 Dana Daniels
  • 2004 Michael Finney
  • 2005 Ed Alonzo

BAR MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR

  • 2004 Doc Eason
  • 2005 Whit Haydn

STAGE MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR

  • 1968 John Daniel
  • 1969 Carazini; Eric Lewis; Norm Nielsen
  • 1970 Don Lawton
  • 1971 Glenn Falkenstein
  • 1972 Shimada
  • 1973 Shimada
  • 1974 Eric Lewis
  • 1975 Shimada
  • 1976 Johnny Thompson
  • 1977 Peter Pit
  • 1978 Goldfinger & Dove
  • 1979 Whit Haydn
  • 1980 Harry & Leslie Anderson
  • 1981 Tomsoni & Company
  • 1982 Goldfinger & Dove
  • 1983 Lance Burton
  • 1984 Jonathan Neal Brown
  • 1985 The Pendragons
  • 1986 The Pendragons
  • 1987 Jonathan Neal Brown & Liane
  • 1988 James Dimmare & Lisa
  • 1989 Amos Levkovitch
  • 1990 Amos Levkovitch
  • 1991 Christopher Hart
  • 1992 Glenn Falkenstein & Frances Willard
  • 1993 Christopher Hart
  • 1994 Tina Lenert
  • 1995 Glenn Falkenstein & Frances Willard
  • 1996 Jason Byrne
  • 1997 Jason Byrne
  • 1998 John Carney
  • 1999 Ed Alonzo
  • 2000 Ed Alonzo
  • 2001 John Carney
  • 2002 James Dimmare
  • 2003 Kevin James
  • 2004 Danny Cole
  • 2005 Danny Cole

CLOSE-UP MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR

  • 1968 Albert Goshman
  • 1969 John Platt
  • 1970 Mike Skinner
  • 1971 Ron Wilson
  • 1972 Bruce Cervon
  • 1973 Mike Skinner
  • 1974 Albert Goshman
  • 1975 Bruce Cervon
  • 1976 Jules Lenia
  • 1977 David Roth
  • 1978 Earl Nelson
  • 1979 Daryl
  • 1980 Darvl
  • 1981 Mike Ammar
  • 1982 Bob Jardine
  • 1983 Mike Ammar
  • 1984 John Carney
  • 1985 Earl Nelson
  • 1986 Johnny Ace Palmer
  • 1987 Johnny Ace Palmer
  • 1988 John Carney
  • 1989 Dave Williamson
  • 1990 Dave Williamson
  • 1991 Martin Nash
  • 1992 Tony Giorgio
  • 1993 Rene Lavand
  • 1994 Paul Gertner
  • 1995 Paul Gertner
  • 1996 Martin Nash
  • 1997 Eugene Burger
  • 1998 Eugene Burger
  • 1999 Steve Valentine
  • 2000 Lennart Green
  • 2001 Steve Valentine
  • 2002 Shoot Ogawa
  • 2003 Whit Haydn
  • 2004 Whit Haydn
  • 2005 Shoot Ogawa

PARLOUR MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR

  • 1983 Tom Ogden
  • 1984 Tom Ogden
  • 1985 Michael Ammar
  • 1986 Daryl
  • 1987 Daryl
  • 1988 Kevin James
  • 1989 John Carney
  • 1990 Michael Ammar
  • 1991 John Carney
  • 1992 Chuck Fayne
  • 1993 Chuck Fayne
  • 1994 Dave Williamson
  • 1995 Whit Haydn
  • 1996 T.C. Tahoe
  • 1997 T.C. Tahoe
  • 1998 Aldo Colombini
  • 1999 Aldo Colombini
  • 2000 Martin Lewis
  • 2001 Martin Lewis
  • 2002 Whit Haydn
  • 2003 Dana Daniels
  • 2004 Dana Daniels
  • 2005 Michael Finney

LECTURER OF THE YEAR

  • 1968 Dick Zimmerman
  • 1969 "Senator" Clarke Crandall
  • 1970 Bruce Cervon
  • 1971 Bob Eads
  • 1972 Lou Derman
  • 1973 "Senator" Clarke Crandall
  • 1974 Ali Bongo
  • 1975 Milbourne Christopher
  • 1976 Sid Lorraine
  • 1977 Pat Culliton
  • 1978 Jerry Andrus
  • 1979 Max Maven
  • 1980 Karrell Fox
  • 1981 Albert Goshman
  • 1982 Mike Ammar
  • 1983 Mike Ammar
  • 1984 Eugene Burger
  • 1985 Eugene Burger
  • 1986 Gaeton Bloom
  • 1987 Chuck Fayne
  • 1988 Daryl
  • 1989 Dale Salwak
  • 1990 Dave Williamson
  • 1991 John Carney
  • 1992 Daryl
  • 1993 Dave Williamson
  • 1994 Paul Gertner
  • 1995 Jahnoy Ace Palmer
  • 1996 David Roth
  • 1987 Tom Mullica
  • 1998 Peter Pit
  • 1999 Johnny Ace Palmer
  • 2000 Aldo Colombini
  • 2001 David Regal
  • 2002 Paul Green
  • 2003 Aldo Colombini
  • 2004 Bob Sheets
  • 2005 Martin Lewis

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

  • 1976 Dirk Arthur
  • 1977 Robbie Millman
  • 1978 Geofrey Williams
  • 1979 Mark Kalin
  • 1980 Mark van Buren; The Magic Company (Bob Piskens, Jim Heckens, Yvonne Pickens,Rita Nessett)
  • 1981 Scott Cervine; Michael Weber
  • 1982 Ed Alonzo; Larry Clark; Bill Goodwin
  • 1984 Ray Kosby; Danny Scott
  • 1985 Scott Tokar
  • 1986 David Doyle
  • 1989 Mark Matsumoto; Jason Alexander
  • 1990 Steve Barnes
  • 1992 Michael Battistoni
  • 1995 Chris Gongora
  • 1996 Mindy Edberg; Jason Neistat; Matt Marcy
  • 1997 Wesley Edberg
  • 1998 Danny Cole; Thomas Meier; Bryan Stoops
  • 1999 James Holguin
  • 2000 Scott Berry; Joseph Tran
  • 2001 Jason Latimer
  • 2002 David Stryker
  • 2003 Joel Ward; Matthew Grunwald; Jonathon Dabach
  • 2004 Tony Elias
  • 2005 Jessica Phillips



References

  1. Genii 1952 April
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