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Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame and Magic Museum was once located in Hollywood, California from 1971 until 2004.

A Magic Hall of Fame for the Society of American Magicians was proposed in 1963 during the National President term of Edward Schneider. He officially called for a place where collections, records and documents could be maintained and exhibited.

In 1966 National President John Zweers had added the Hall of Fame as a permanent standing committee to the S.A.M. Constitution. Now established, a search began for its permanent home.

On October 25, 1971, the SAM opened their Hall of Fame and Magic Museum in Hollywood, California.

In December 2004, a transformer fire sent toxic fumes into the Washington Mutual Bank Building that housed the Hall of Fame Museum. Local Government officials ordered the building closed until the toxic contaminants could be remediated following EPA procedures. The museum remained sealed and the contents inaccessible for years. Access to artifacts became available in 2010 and the search for a new home for the Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame was underway.

On September 17, 2012, The Whittier Museum, operated by the Whittier Historical Society, provided an entire second floor in their historic downtown building for the Hall of Fame & Magic Museum. Although the Hall and Museum is still looking for a permanent home in the greater Los Angeles area, the exhibits will be on display at the Whittier Museum in downtown Whittier, California until 2013.

Magicians elected to the SAM Hall of Fame include:

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From MagicPedia's newest articles:

  • ... Author Clayton Rawson organized an informal exclusive magic organization in New York City called the Witchdoctors Club...
  • ... George Casaubon was the pen name of Monsignor Vincent Foy, a Roman Catholic priest and magic collector.
  • ... Professor Henderson (Milton H. Grannat) was one of the crew on the Monitor, during the Civil War. After retiring from the Federal Navy at the close of the Civil War, he became a magician.
  • ... Mac McDonald(1907-c.1982), of McDonald's Aces fame, was a diamond broker before he became a magician...
  • ... Jack Merlin (c.1885-1943) was buried at Marion National Cemetery in Marion, Indiana...
  • ... Houdini had a nephew, Harry Houdini Hinson, who was an amateur magician that died at the age of 21...
  • ... Houdini wrote under the name "N. Osey" for both Mahatma and his own Conjurers' Monthly Magazine....
  • ... American author John Ball (who wrote the mystery novel "In the Heat of the Night" involving the African-American police detective Virgil Tibbs in 1965) performed as a semi-professional magician in college as Jacques_Morintell...

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On this day October 30...

  • 1891 - Zina Bennett was born.
  • 1903 - Conrad Bosschieter, known as Connie Bush, was born.
  • 1923 - Topper Martyn, a popular comedy magicican was born Victor Martyn in England.
  • 1948 - Fifteen students of magic and the occult failed to establish contact with the spirit of the late Harry Houdini at a seance held in the Greenwich Village apartment of Conjurors' Editor Walter B. Gibson.
  • 1981 - Maurice Fogel, a professional magician and mentalist known own as "The Amazing Fogel" dies.
  • 2004 - Sidney Hollis Radner auctionned his collection of Houdini's items in Las Vegas.

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  • October 13, 2014 - Larry Weeks (1919-2014), a vaudeville and nightclub juggler, died.
  • July 25, 20014 - Alan C. "Ace" Greenberg, a former Chairman of the Executive Committee of The Bear Stearns Companies Inc., a supporter of magic and partner in publishing with Richard Kaufman for decades in Kaufman and Greenberg, died in Manhattan.
  • July 7, 2014 - Ron Wohl, also known as Ravelli, died at the age of 77.
  • July 5, 2014 - Alan Alan, a retired British escapologist, magician and magic shop owner, died.
  • February 10, 2014 - Jeff Busby, a publisher of highly-regarded newsletters, props, and booklets, died in Wallace, Idaho.

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