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S.A.M. Assembly No. 8

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S.A.M. Assembly No. 8 is the St. Louis chapter of the Society of American Magicians.[1]

Original charter 1921

The St. Louis Society of Magicians, which preceded the Society of American Magicians, decided in 1921 to become associated with the Society of American Magicians.[2] In November 1921, they were given their charter. The nine charter members were:

  • E. B. Heller (President)
  • Paul S. "LePaul" Braden (Vice Pres)
  • Robert G. Williams (Secretary)
  • William L. Mayer (Treasurer)
  • Alphonse A. Erblang
  • Malcolm P. Kassell
  • William J. Heaven
  • Ben R. Badley
  • Jacob Chasnoff

This original chapter eventually died out around 1929.

Re-charter 1946

In the late 1930's efforts began to reactivate the Assembly. The process of re-charter took approximately seven years with the re-charter happening in 1946. The first president back of was Ben Badley.[3]


The "Silver Bowl" is awarded at the SAM national conventions for the greatest percentage membership increase for Assemblies with 36 to 50 members. Assembly 8 was awarded it in 1966,1967,1968,1969,1970,1971, and 1976.


The S.Y.M. Chapter No. 50 is sponsored by Assembly No. 8.


The Sam-A-Gram is the official newsletter of Assembly No. 8 and editors have included Trudy Monti, Harry Monti, Steve Corbitt, John Apperson, Larry Minth and Ted Schnarre.


Assembly No. 8, along with IBM Ring One, staff a regional magic convention, the Midwest Magic Jubilee.


  2. Sphinx July, 1921
  3. The History of S.A.M. Assembly No. 8 1921-1996, by Trudy Monti,Harry Monti (1996)