International Magicians Society
Tony Hassini founded the International Magicians Society in July of 1968 with the fundamental purpose of promoting and preserving the art of magic.
It is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as The World's Largest Magic Society with over 37,000 members worldwide.
The Sorceror's Notebook is it's official online magazine.
Every three years, the Society hosts a banquet dinner, where those magicians who have achieved the highest level in their craft are awarded the Merlin Award. They also present the Merlin Awards periodically to special magicians in their own show followed with a press party.
- See also: IBM's Order of Merlin Award (for 25 years of continuous service).
- P C Sorcar
- Juliana Chen
- David & Dania
- The Hamners for best manipulation 
- Melinda for International Magician of the Year 
- Antonio Casanova for Most Original 
- The 1999 Merlin Award Presented at the IMS annual banquet dinner on March 1 in Las Vegas:
- David Mendoza for Illusion Designer and Builder
- Stephen Zadrick for Executive Producer of the Year
- Channing Pollock for Outstanding Contribution to Magic
- Gary Ouellet for Lifetime Achievement and for Television Producer of the Decade;
- Stan Allen for Outstanding Literary Contribution
- William McIlhany for Magic Historian
- Kirby VanBurch for Magician of the Year
- Pam Thompson, Gay Blackstone for Preserving the Art of Magic from Generation to Generation
- Andre Kole for Magic Inventor.
- Great Tomsoni & Company for the Comedy Magician of the Year.
- Franz Harary for "The Most Original Magician"
- Devlin for the Most Outstanding Magician (or 1998 as stated in MUM)
- Bernie Yuman for Show Business Executive of the Decade 
- Kenneth Feld for Producer of the Decade 
- Jay Marshall for Lifetime Achievement Award
- Steve Wyrick for Magician of the Year
- Rene Lavand
- Lennart Green
- Marshall Brodien
- Don Wayne
- Charles Reynolds
- Jeff McBride
- Bill Malone for "Close-Up Magician of the Year 2000" 
- Ed Alonzo
- Ayala & Tanya (2001)
- Presented on May 28, 2003 at the 17th Merlin Award Banquet Dinner in Las Vegas
- Brett Daniels for Magician of The Year
- Juliana Chen for Most Original
- Lennart Green for Best Close-Up Magic
- Penn & Teller for Best Comedy Magic
- Peter Reveen for Lifetime Achievement
- Rocco for Best Cabaret Magic
- Joanie Spina for Best Choreographer & Director
- Ken Klosterman Magic Historian and Preservationist
- Gary Darwin for Outstanding Contribution to Magic
- John Hirokawa for "Most Original" 
- Chipper Lowell "Comedy Magician 2006"
- Christian Farla "Magician of the Year 2006."
- Greg Gleason for "Illusionist of The Year 2006"
- Murray Sawchuck for "Most Original 2006" 
- Tora Company for best designer of magic items 
- The Great Cahyo (2009)
- Cris Castro (2009)
- Lu Chen (2010)
- Jorinn Chee Ka Yee(2010)
- Ernesto Planas (2010)
- Jia Feng (2010)
- Mamada (2010)
- Jeff Lee (2010)
- Richard Yuh (2010)
- Hugh R. Riley (some time before 1998)
- MUM, November 1998
- ↑ Ad for Antonio Casanova Genii 2009 January
- ↑ Genii 1999 July
- ↑ Genii 1999 November
- ↑ M-U-M AUGUST 2000
- Linking Ring, May 2000
- ↑ MUM, SEPTEMBER 2003
- ↑ MUM, JANUARY 2004, page 58
- ↑ July 2006 MUM, page 69
- ↑ Ad for Tora, Genii 2008 June
- ↑ Obit, Magic Circular, April 1998