Magician Alliance of Eastern States
Magician Alliance of Eastern States (MAES) is a Magic Organization that can trace its origin back to the year 1938 as an outgrowth of the Keystone State Federation of IBM Rings, which held conventions during the 1930s. The last Keystone State Federation convention was held in 1938 at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
The first president of MAES was Charles (Colta) Jones.
A only requisite for membership is an interest in magic and belong to another existing magic club or organization (or belonged to one in the past). MAES has had in the vicinity of twelve hundred or more members, but there are a number of regulars and semi-regulars who make it a very compact organization.
MAES had its first convention in 1940 in Hershey Pennsylvania. They continue to this day, usually held during the month of September each year.
It has been held in at least 15 cities; all a city needs is a sponsoring club willing to take over the responsibilities of holding the convention. A few times in recent years the Executive Committee has taken over the sponsoring due to lack of sponsoring bids.