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[[Magic Organizations]], Fraternities and Societies.
 
[[Magic Organizations]], Fraternities and Societies.
 
 
 
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== Prior to 1900 ==
 
== Prior to 1900 ==
There were not any organized fraternities of magic in the world in prior to the 1900s outside of local social clubs.
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There were not many formally organized fraternities of magic in the world in prior to the 1900s outside of local social clubs.
  
The Conjurers' Club in Florence, Italy was in existence in 1887.
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L'Academie was the first French Society and possibly the first in the world, although there were very early German and Indian clubs and The Conjurers' Club in Florence, Italy was in existence in 1887.
  
In the United States, there were small groups like those that assembled in the "[[Martinka]]'s Little Back Shop." Known among themselves as "SATURDAY KNIGHTS," because of the fact that it was mostly a Saturday night event. These Saturday night gatherings resulted in a series of social entertainments. This was possibly the first entertainments for magicians by magicians, which were initially held in a little private theater of
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By the late 1800s, there were small groups in the United States gathering,  like those that assembled in the "[[Martinka]]'s Little Back Shop." Known among themselves as "SATURDAY KNIGHTS," for the fact that it was mostly a Saturday night event. These gatherings resulted in a series of social entertainments. Quite possibly the first for magicians by magicians, which were initially held in a little private theater of Martinka & Co. in New York.
Martinka & Co.' in New York.
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The first real impetus of creating a club for magicians most likely came as a direct result of [[Mahatma]], the first periodical published in United State devoted to the interests of magic, which began publishing in 1895. This periodical introduced magicians to each other, fostering a fraternal feeling.
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The first real impetus of creating a club for magicians most likely came as a direct result of the first periodical published in United State devoted to the interests of magic, [[Mahatma]], which began publishing in 1895. This periodical introduced magicians to each other and fostered a fraternal feeling as can be seen in a letter published in Vol 3, No. 10 of Mahatma: "If all readers of MAHATMA will send their address to E. L. Kiley, 32 Franlilin St., Cleveland, Ohio, steps will be taken to organize a "Mahatma Club," for the self improvement of the followers of the art."  The [[Society of Detroit Magicians]], was possibly founded just prior to that in 1894.
  
That same year, [[W. D. LeRoy]] was one of the first to attempt in bringing those interested in the art together in an organized body when he proposed the "Grand Lodge of The Magic Mystic Fraternity" in Boston, Mass.
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Also in 1895, [[W. D. LeRoy]] of Boston, Massachusetts proposed the "Grand Lodge of The [[Magic Mystic Fraternity]]". On January 14, 1896, the Secretary of the Commonwealth of the State of Massachusetts issued a charter for a corporation to be known as "The Magic Mystic Fraternity." Its objective was to "unite fraternally, acceptable men who are recognized performers of ability in the art of magic or sleight-of-hand, or who possess some skill in legerdemain, and the establishment and maintenance of a place for social meetings". However, the Magic Mystic Fraternity did not seem to have gotten any further than to "incorporate," and nothing more was heard of it. LeRoy would later organize and become the first President of The Conjurers' Club in Boston. The slogan for the club was "Work-Eat-Play", which was still going strong in 1918.
 
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On January 14, 1896, there was issued by the Secretary of the Commonwealth of the State of Massachusetts a charter for a corporation to be known as "The Magic Mystic Fraternity." Its object being to unite fraternally, acceptable men who are recognized performers of ability in the art of magic or sleight-of-hand,
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or who possess some skill in legerdemain, and the establishment and maintenance of a place for social meetings. This is the first society of its kind ever chartered anywhere with an aim of better fraternal feeling, the protection
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of each other, and the advancement of its members into the deeper mysteries of the magic realm
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However, the Magic Mystic Fraternity did not seem to have gotten any further than to "incorporate," and nothing more was heard of it.
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He later organized and became the first President of The Conjurers' Club in Boston. The slogan for the club was "Work-Eat-Play", which was still going strong in 1918.
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== 1900s ==
 
== 1900s ==
In, March, 1902, the [[Sphinx]] periodical began publishing and by the May issue that year an editorial stated: "Last November I devised a scheme for creating a friendship among all magicians and lovers of magic. I called my
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In March, 1902, the [[Sphinx]] magazine began publishing. In its May issue that year the editorial stated: "Last November I devised a scheme for creating a friendship among all magicians and lovers of magic. I called my society "The Order of The Sphinx." [[W. D. LeRoy]], the Boston agent for the Sphinx at the time, was one of the first to send in his application for membership.  
society "The Order of The Sphinx." [[W. D. LeRoy]],the Boston agent for the Sphinx, was one of the first to send in his application for membership.
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However, after learning about the existence of the newly formed [[Society of American Magicians]] in New York in May, 1902 in Martinka's magic shop, "The Order of The Sphinx" was abandoned and they all put their efforts into the helping the SAM, in which LeRoy became member 33 when he was admitted during the first regular monthly meeting of the SAM on June 7, 1902.
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However, a few weeks later after learning about the existence of the newly formed [[Society of American Magicians]] (S.A.M.) in New York at Martinka's magic shop (made up of those "Saturday Knights"), "The Order of The Sphinx" was disbanded. They decided to put their efforts into the helping the SAM. LeRoy became member 33 when he was admitted at the first regular monthly meeting of the S.A.M. on June 7, 1902. At the end of 1902, they already had over 100 members.
  
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December 1903, the A.S.A.P ([[Association Syndicale des Artistes Prestidigitateurs]]) was founded in France. Become the A.F.A.P. (Association Française des Artistes Prestidigitateurs) in 1945 and the F.F.A.P. (Fédération Française des Artistes Prestidigitateurs) in 2008.
  
By February, 1905, London, England, made application to the S. A. M. for information regarding organization of a Society of Magicians.
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By early 1905, word was spreading around the world about the S.A.M. and magicians from London, England even made inquiries for information regarding organization of a Society of Magicians overseas. However, later that year the [[British Magical Society]] and independent [[Magic Circle]] of Great Britain was formed in England.
  
In 1905 the [[Magic Circle]] in London was formed.
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On May 27, 1905, the first "Annual Dinner" Banquet of the S. A. M. was held at Hotel Vendome in New York.
  
The first "Annual Dinner" Banquet of the S. A. M. was held Saturday evening, May 27, 1905, at Hotel Vendome in New York.
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Also in 1905, [[George E. Closson]] of Troy, New York began sending out a "Prospectus of the [[Brotherhood of Magicians]]". By the following year, Closson official formed and became the president of the Brotherhood of Magicians. This organization was most likely used to promote his magic business.  
  
In 1906, George E. Closson of Troy, New York founded the [[Brotherhood of Magicians]], most likely to promote his magic business and was president until he handed it over to "Mystic," G. E. Heath of Carroll, Iowa in 1918.
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By September, 1907, Australian magicians had asked the S.A.M for information that might prove of service to them in organizing a society. The Society of Australian Magicians, as they were going to be called, change their name to the "Australian Society of Magicians" (A.S.M.) to avoid confusion.  
  
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It was not until 1908 that the first formal move was made by the S.A.M. toward including magicians outside of the United States. Letters were mailed by the president to the Australian Society, London and Germany. [[David Devant]] wrote back with sympathy in the movement, but when nothing was heard from Australia or Germany the movement went no further.
  
By September, 1907, The Australian Magicians asked for information and such data as might prove of service to them in organizing a Society. The Society of
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Also in 1908, The [[Magic Club of Vienna]] (MAGISCHER KLUB WIEN) in  Austria was founded.
Australian Magicians to avoid confusion change their name to "Australian Society of Magicians." (A. S. M.)
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During 1908 the first move was made by the S. A. M. toward including magicians outside of the United States. Letters were mailed by the president to the Australian Society, London and Germany. Sympathy with the movement, through a letter written by David Devant, but nothing came from Australia and Germany, so the movement flagged.
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[[The Mystics]] were founded in 1909 at Cambridge University and lasted to the outbreak of war in 1914. 
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Some of the other local independent clubs, after the S.A.M. was created, were the [[Knights of Magic]] in New York, [[Demons Club]] of Baltimore, the Los Angeles Society of Magicians, Spokane Magic Club, Nashville Cercle Magique, The Magic Masters of Chicago (1910). Later came the Chicago Magicians Club and the Chicago Conjurers Club which took over the charter for the Chicago Assembly #3, Society of American Magicians.
  
 
== 1910==
 
== 1910==
"The Mystics" which was founded in 1909 and lasted to the outbreak of war in 1914.
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The [[Magicians' Club]] of London was formed in 1911 by [[Harry Houdini]] along with others including [[Servais Le Roy]], [[Chris Van Bern]], Carl Stakemann, and [[Stanley Collins]].
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The [[National Conjurers' Association]] was formed in 1911 by Charles J. Hagen. It became the first competitor to the S.A.M. and after it started to grow in number, efforts were made by the S.A.M. to combine but nothing ever developed.  
  
 
In 1917, the [[Pacific Coast Society of Magicians]] based in San Francisco, merged with SAM as the Golden Gate Assembly.  
 
In 1917, the [[Pacific Coast Society of Magicians]] based in San Francisco, merged with SAM as the Golden Gate Assembly.  
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In 1918, George E. Closson  handed the [[Brotherhood of Magicians]] over to  "Mystic," G. E. Heath of Carroll, Iowa and soon that organization fizzled out.
  
 
The [[Pentacle Club]] was founded in 1919, consisting of members of Cambridge University who were interested in magic as the successor to "The Mystics".
 
The [[Pentacle Club]] was founded in 1919, consisting of members of Cambridge University who were interested in magic as the successor to "The Mystics".
  
 
==1920==
 
==1920==
In 1920, The [[Mystic Twelve]] was founded by Fred Burnette in Glasgow, Scotland and the [[Sheffield Circle of Magicians]] formed with Mr. David Devant as Honorary President.  
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In the March 1920 issue of the [[Sphinx]],  C. Roswell Glover  proposed an "amalgamation" of the current magic organization. Just as each specific branch of industry had its own union (carpentry, electricians, butchers) and was governed by one head (the American Federation of Labor), Glover proposed an "American Federation of Magicians" to help govern all the current magic organizations.  
  
In 1922, The [[International Brotherhood of Magicians]] (I.B.M.) was founded.
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In 1920, The [[Mystic Twelve]] was founded by Fred Burnette in Glasgow, Scotland and the [[Sheffield Circle of Magicians]] formed with Mr. David Devant as Honorary President.  
  
The [[Society of Osiris Magicians]] formed in March, 1923 and incorporated in Maryland was founded by Thomas Worthington.
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In 1922, The [[International Brotherhood of Magicians]] (I.B.M.) was founded by Len Vintus of Canada, and Gene Gordon of the United States, mostly as a group of magicians that wanted to correspond with each other via their Linking Ring magazine.
  
[[Scottish Conjurers' Association]] was the fourth magical society to be founded in the city of Glasgow founded by Duncan Johnstone, Jimmy Findlay, De Vega (Alex M. Stewart) and Richard Armour in 1924.
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The [[Society of Osiris Magicians]] was founded by Thomas Worthington in March, 1923 and became incorporated in Maryland.
==1930==
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The [[Mystic Thirteen]] was organized in 1932 in a novelty and magic store owned by Ed Schutz. Charter members were Robert Gunther and Carl Stenquist.  
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The [[Pacific Coast Association of Magicians]] (PCAM) was established in 1932 in western USA.  
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The [[Scottish Conjurers' Association]] was the fourth magical society to be founded in the city of Glasgow founded by Duncan Johnstone, Jimmy Findlay, De Vega (Alex M. Stewart) and Richard Armour in 1924.
  
The [[Wizard's Club]] was organized in 1932 in the Midwest.
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==1930==
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The [[Mystic Thirteen]] was organized in 1932 in a novelty and magic store owned by Ed Schutz. Charter members were Robert Gunther and Carl Stenquist. That same year the [[Pacific Coast Association of Magicians]] (PCAM) was established in the western USA and the [[Wizard's Club]] was organized in the Midwest.
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In 1933, the [[Hull Magicians' Circle]] was founded by Bert Dexter and [[Jasper Maskelyne]] served as Honorary President from 1934 until his death in 1973.
  
In 1933, the [[Hull Magicians' Circle]] was founded by Bert Dexter and Jasper Maskelyne served as Honorary President from 1934 until his death in 1973.
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In 1937, [[Caryl Fleming]] with the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians tried to unite organizations around the world as the [[International Alliance of Magicians]]. It lasted a few years until Fleming passed away and start of World War II in the 1940s.
  
In 1938, the [[Magician Alliance of Eastern States]] (MAES) became an outgrowth of the Keystone State Federation of IBM Rings, which held conventions during the 1930s, the last one being held in 1938 at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
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In 1938, the [[Magician Alliance of Eastern States]] (MAES) became into existance as an outgrowth of the Keystone State Federation of IBM Rings, which held conventions during the 1930s.
  
 
==1940==
 
==1940==
 
Around 1942, the [[Magician's Guild of America]] started in New York City to support professional magicians with the slogan: "For good entertainment, demand a Magician".
 
Around 1942, the [[Magician's Guild of America]] started in New York City to support professional magicians with the slogan: "For good entertainment, demand a Magician".
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The [[Magic Dealers' Association]] was formed in 1946 and incorporated in Maryland in 1947 offering networking and services to magic supply retailers.
  
 
In 1948, The [[Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques]] (FISM) (International Federation of Magic Societies) was founded as international body coordinating dozens of national and international clubs and federations around the world.
 
In 1948, The [[Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques]] (FISM) (International Federation of Magic Societies) was founded as international body coordinating dozens of national and international clubs and federations around the world.
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The [[Magic Collectors’ Association]] was founded in 1949 in New York City by several prominent collectors of that era.
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==1950==
 
==1950==
in 1953, the [[Invisible Lodge]] was founded as a club for Masonic Magicians by Sir Felix Korim of England.
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In 1951, the first attempt incarnation of the [[Academy of Magical Arts]] was started in April 1951 by [[William W. Larsen, Sr.]], whom subscribers to his magazine [[Genii]] became instant members. But the organization faded away when Bill Larsen Sr. died in 1955.
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In 1953, the [[Invisible Lodge]] was founded as a club for Masonic Magicians by Sir Felix Korim of England.
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Also in 1959, Ring 116 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. broke away from the International Brotherhood of Magicians and use the local membership fees to create and fully support their own new local independent club called the [[Windsor Magic Circle]].
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==1960==
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In 1961, when William W. Larsen, Sr.'s younger son, [[Milt Larsen]], started to create the [[Magic Castle]], 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 current Genii subscribers.
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In 1968, Tony Hassini founded the [[International Magicians Society]] in July with the fundamental purpose of promoting and preserving the art of magic.
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== 1970 ==
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In the early seventies, President Johnny Ould of the Windsor Magic Circle encouraged the club to get reinstated as Ring 116 of the IBM.
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In 1978, the [[Psychic Entertainers Association]] was formed as an international organization of members with a serious interest in the ethical performance of psychic entertainment.
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== 1980 ==
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The [[New England Magic Collectors Association]] (NEMCA) was founded in 1980 as a non-profit organization devoted to collecting books, memorabilia, and apparatus related to magic and the allied arts.
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In 1984, the [[Society of Young Magicians]] (S.Y.M.) was established by the [[Society of American Magicians]] for magicians under the age of 18.
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==1990==
 
==1990==
In 1998, the [[Canadian Association Of Magicians]] was formed with a goal to join [[FISM] to sponser Canadian magicians.
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In 1998, the [[Canadian Association Of Magicians]] was formed with a goal to join [[FISM]] to sponser Canadian magicians.
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That same year, a concerned group of professional magicians met at The Magic Castle to discuss how best the magic community could combat the exposure being televised on the FOX-TV series "Breaking the Magicians Code...Magician's Secrets Finally Revealed" and formed the [[World Alliance of Magicians]]. It disbanded a few years later after shifting its focus to trying to stop the rip-off of magic builders and dealers in the magic world.
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
* THE ADVENT AND BRIEF HISTORY OF MAGIC FRATERNAL SOCIETIES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA By Oscar S. Teale, Sphinx, January, 1928
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* THE ADVENT AND BRIEF HISTORY OF MAGIC FRATERNAL SOCIETIES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA By Oscar S. Teale, Sphinx, January, 1928 thru June, 1928.
* THE ADVENT AND BRIEF HISTORY OF MAGIC FRATERNAL SOCIETIES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA By Oscar S. Teale, Sphinx, February, 1928
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* ''Magical Societies and the Amateur'' by [[Russell Walsh]], [[Sphinx]], March 1951.
* * THE ADVENT AND BRIEF HISTORY OF MAGIC FRATERNAL SOCIETIES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA By Oscar S. Teale, Sphinx, March, 1928
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Magic Organizations, Fraternities and Societies.

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Prior to 1900

There were not many formally organized fraternities of magic in the world in prior to the 1900s outside of local social clubs.

L'Academie was the first French Society and possibly the first in the world, although there were very early German and Indian clubs and The Conjurers' Club in Florence, Italy was in existence in 1887.

By the late 1800s, there were small groups in the United States gathering, like those that assembled in the "Martinka's Little Back Shop." Known among themselves as "SATURDAY KNIGHTS," for the fact that it was mostly a Saturday night event. These gatherings resulted in a series of social entertainments. Quite possibly the first for magicians by magicians, which were initially held in a little private theater of Martinka & Co. in New York.

The first real impetus of creating a club for magicians most likely came as a direct result of the first periodical published in United State devoted to the interests of magic, Mahatma, which began publishing in 1895. This periodical introduced magicians to each other and fostered a fraternal feeling as can be seen in a letter published in Vol 3, No. 10 of Mahatma: "If all readers of MAHATMA will send their address to E. L. Kiley, 32 Franlilin St., Cleveland, Ohio, steps will be taken to organize a "Mahatma Club," for the self improvement of the followers of the art." The Society of Detroit Magicians, was possibly founded just prior to that in 1894.

Also in 1895, W. D. LeRoy of Boston, Massachusetts proposed the "Grand Lodge of The Magic Mystic Fraternity". On January 14, 1896, the Secretary of the Commonwealth of the State of Massachusetts issued a charter for a corporation to be known as "The Magic Mystic Fraternity." Its objective was to "unite fraternally, acceptable men who are recognized performers of ability in the art of magic or sleight-of-hand, or who possess some skill in legerdemain, and the establishment and maintenance of a place for social meetings". However, the Magic Mystic Fraternity did not seem to have gotten any further than to "incorporate," and nothing more was heard of it. LeRoy would later organize and become the first President of The Conjurers' Club in Boston. The slogan for the club was "Work-Eat-Play", which was still going strong in 1918.

1900s

In March, 1902, the Sphinx magazine began publishing. In its May issue that year the editorial stated: "Last November I devised a scheme for creating a friendship among all magicians and lovers of magic. I called my society "The Order of The Sphinx." W. D. LeRoy, the Boston agent for the Sphinx at the time, was one of the first to send in his application for membership.

However, a few weeks later after learning about the existence of the newly formed Society of American Magicians (S.A.M.) in New York at Martinka's magic shop (made up of those "Saturday Knights"), "The Order of The Sphinx" was disbanded. They decided to put their efforts into the helping the SAM. LeRoy became member 33 when he was admitted at the first regular monthly meeting of the S.A.M. on June 7, 1902. At the end of 1902, they already had over 100 members.

December 1903, the A.S.A.P (Association Syndicale des Artistes Prestidigitateurs) was founded in France. Become the A.F.A.P. (Association Française des Artistes Prestidigitateurs) in 1945 and the F.F.A.P. (Fédération Française des Artistes Prestidigitateurs) in 2008.

By early 1905, word was spreading around the world about the S.A.M. and magicians from London, England even made inquiries for information regarding organization of a Society of Magicians overseas. However, later that year the British Magical Society and independent Magic Circle of Great Britain was formed in England.

On May 27, 1905, the first "Annual Dinner" Banquet of the S. A. M. was held at Hotel Vendome in New York.

Also in 1905, George E. Closson of Troy, New York began sending out a "Prospectus of the Brotherhood of Magicians". By the following year, Closson official formed and became the president of the Brotherhood of Magicians. This organization was most likely used to promote his magic business.

By September, 1907, Australian magicians had asked the S.A.M for information that might prove of service to them in organizing a society. The Society of Australian Magicians, as they were going to be called, change their name to the "Australian Society of Magicians" (A.S.M.) to avoid confusion.

It was not until 1908 that the first formal move was made by the S.A.M. toward including magicians outside of the United States. Letters were mailed by the president to the Australian Society, London and Germany. David Devant wrote back with sympathy in the movement, but when nothing was heard from Australia or Germany the movement went no further.

Also in 1908, The Magic Club of Vienna (MAGISCHER KLUB WIEN) in Austria was founded.

The Mystics were founded in 1909 at Cambridge University and lasted to the outbreak of war in 1914.

Some of the other local independent clubs, after the S.A.M. was created, were the Knights of Magic in New York, Demons Club of Baltimore, the Los Angeles Society of Magicians, Spokane Magic Club, Nashville Cercle Magique, The Magic Masters of Chicago (1910). Later came the Chicago Magicians Club and the Chicago Conjurers Club which took over the charter for the Chicago Assembly #3, Society of American Magicians.

1910

The Magicians' Club of London was formed in 1911 by Harry Houdini along with others including Servais Le Roy, Chris Van Bern, Carl Stakemann, and Stanley Collins.

The National Conjurers' Association was formed in 1911 by Charles J. Hagen. It became the first competitor to the S.A.M. and after it started to grow in number, efforts were made by the S.A.M. to combine but nothing ever developed.

In 1917, the Pacific Coast Society of Magicians based in San Francisco, merged with SAM as the Golden Gate Assembly.

In 1918, George E. Closson handed the Brotherhood of Magicians over to "Mystic," G. E. Heath of Carroll, Iowa and soon that organization fizzled out.

The Pentacle Club was founded in 1919, consisting of members of Cambridge University who were interested in magic as the successor to "The Mystics".

1920

In the March 1920 issue of the Sphinx, C. Roswell Glover proposed an "amalgamation" of the current magic organization. Just as each specific branch of industry had its own union (carpentry, electricians, butchers) and was governed by one head (the American Federation of Labor), Glover proposed an "American Federation of Magicians" to help govern all the current magic organizations.

In 1920, The Mystic Twelve was founded by Fred Burnette in Glasgow, Scotland and the Sheffield Circle of Magicians formed with Mr. David Devant as Honorary President.

In 1922, The International Brotherhood of Magicians (I.B.M.) was founded by Len Vintus of Canada, and Gene Gordon of the United States, mostly as a group of magicians that wanted to correspond with each other via their Linking Ring magazine.

The Society of Osiris Magicians was founded by Thomas Worthington in March, 1923 and became incorporated in Maryland.

The Scottish Conjurers' Association was the fourth magical society to be founded in the city of Glasgow founded by Duncan Johnstone, Jimmy Findlay, De Vega (Alex M. Stewart) and Richard Armour in 1924.

1930

The Mystic Thirteen was organized in 1932 in a novelty and magic store owned by Ed Schutz. Charter members were Robert Gunther and Carl Stenquist. That same year the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians (PCAM) was established in the western USA and the Wizard's Club was organized in the Midwest.

In 1933, the Hull Magicians' Circle was founded by Bert Dexter and Jasper Maskelyne served as Honorary President from 1934 until his death in 1973.

In 1937, Caryl Fleming with the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians tried to unite organizations around the world as the International Alliance of Magicians. It lasted a few years until Fleming passed away and start of World War II in the 1940s.

In 1938, the Magician Alliance of Eastern States (MAES) became into existance as an outgrowth of the Keystone State Federation of IBM Rings, which held conventions during the 1930s.

1940

Around 1942, the Magician's Guild of America started in New York City to support professional magicians with the slogan: "For good entertainment, demand a Magician".

The Magic Dealers' Association was formed in 1946 and incorporated in Maryland in 1947 offering networking and services to magic supply retailers.

In 1948, The Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques (FISM) (International Federation of Magic Societies) was founded as international body coordinating dozens of national and international clubs and federations around the world.

The Magic Collectors’ Association was founded in 1949 in New York City by several prominent collectors of that era.

1950

In 1951, the first attempt incarnation of the Academy of Magical Arts was started in April 1951 by William W. Larsen, Sr., whom subscribers to his magazine Genii became instant members. But the organization faded away when Bill Larsen Sr. died in 1955.


In 1953, the Invisible Lodge was founded as a club for Masonic Magicians by Sir Felix Korim of England.

Also in 1959, Ring 116 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. broke away from the International Brotherhood of Magicians and use the local membership fees to create and fully support their own new local independent club called the Windsor Magic Circle.

1960

In 1961, when William W. Larsen, Sr.'s younger son, Milt Larsen, started to create the Magic Castle, 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 current Genii subscribers.

In 1968, Tony Hassini founded the International Magicians Society in July with the fundamental purpose of promoting and preserving the art of magic.

1970

In the early seventies, President Johnny Ould of the Windsor Magic Circle encouraged the club to get reinstated as Ring 116 of the IBM.

In 1978, the Psychic Entertainers Association was formed as an international organization of members with a serious interest in the ethical performance of psychic entertainment.

1980

The New England Magic Collectors Association (NEMCA) was founded in 1980 as a non-profit organization devoted to collecting books, memorabilia, and apparatus related to magic and the allied arts.

In 1984, the Society of Young Magicians (S.Y.M.) was established by the Society of American Magicians for magicians under the age of 18.

1990

In 1998, the Canadian Association Of Magicians was formed with a goal to join FISM to sponser Canadian magicians.

That same year, a concerned group of professional magicians met at The Magic Castle to discuss how best the magic community could combat the exposure being televised on the FOX-TV series "Breaking the Magicians Code...Magician's Secrets Finally Revealed" and formed the World Alliance of Magicians. It disbanded a few years later after shifting its focus to trying to stop the rip-off of magic builders and dealers in the magic world.

References

  • THE ADVENT AND BRIEF HISTORY OF MAGIC FRATERNAL SOCIETIES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA By Oscar S. Teale, Sphinx, January, 1928 thru June, 1928.
  • Magical Societies and the Amateur by Russell Walsh, Sphinx, March 1951.

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