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Society of American Magicians

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The Society of American Magicians, founded on May 10, 1902 in Martinka's famous magic shop in New York City, New York, is the oldest and most prestigious magical society in the world. For over a century it has promoted the ideals shared by Kellar, Houdini, Thurston and over 30,000 others world-wide who have held membership in the society. These ideals include the elevation of the Art of Magic, the promotion of harmony among magicians, and the opposition of the unnecessary public exposure of magical effects.

The S.A.M. offers the opportunity to unite and associate with leaders in the World of Magic - not only professionals, but with amateurs, manufacturers, magic dealers, book authors and magic collectors. Through its monthly publications, annual conventions, and with over 250 "Assemblies" throughout the world, the S.A.M. provides the necessary forum for the advancement of magic through discussions, lectures, research, performances, and exchange of magic secrets within the magic community. To promote these endeavors the S.A.M. presents awards and fellowships in recognition of outstanding achievement in the Art of Magic.

If you have a serious interest in the Art of Magic then you, too, can follow in the footsteps of Harry Houdini, Harry Blackstone, Jr., Siegfried & Roy, Lance Burton and David Copperfield by joining the most prestigious magical organization in the world - The Society of American Magicians.

Past Presidents

1902-05 W. Golden Mortimer 1905-06 John W. Sargent 1906-08 Francis J. Werner 1908-09 Oscar S. Teale 1909-10 William A. Ransom 1910-11 Elmer P. Ransom 1911-12 Charles Roltare 1912-14 Henry Hatton 1914-15 Lionel M. Homburger 1915-17 Richard Van Dien 1917-26 Harry Houdini 1926-27 Bernard M. L. Ernst 1927-29 Howard Thurston 1929-30 Theodore Hardeen 1930-31 James C. Wobensmith 1931-32 Werner F. Dornfield 1932-33 Bertram E. Adams 1933-34 William H. McCaffrey 1934-35 William R. Walsh 1935-36 Julien J. Proskauer 1936-37 Irving R. Calkins, M.D. 1937-38 Theodore T. Golden* 1938-39 Nate Leipzig 1939-40 Eugene Bernstein 1940-41 H. Adrian Smith* 1941-42 Richard Cardini 1942-43 Herman Hanson 1943-44 John B. Handy 1944-45 Warren E. Simms 1945-46 Raymond F. Muse 1946-47 Bert Allerton 1947-48 Charles C. Slayton 1948-49 John McArdle 1949-50 Dr. Harlan Tarbell 1950-51 Richard DuBois 1951-52 Austin C. Gorham 1952-53 Leslie P. Guest 1953-55 William R. Greenough 1956-57 Charles O. Schoke 1957-58 Milbourne Christopher 1958-59 Hugh R. Riley 1955-56 Lloyd E. Jones 1959-60 Thomas K. Hawbecker 1960-61 William J. McCarthy 1961-62 Neil C. Doren, M.D. 1962-63 George E. Mueller, M.D. 1963-64 Edward Schneider 1964-65 J. Ronald Haines 1965-66 James C. Johnson, M.D. 1966-67 John U. Zweers 1967-68 Vynn Boyar 1968-69 Edward A. Schuman 1969-70 Forrest F. Sample 1970-71 Bradley M. Jacobs 1971-72 J. Gary Bontjes 1972-73 Edward E. Mishell 1973-74 Richard L. Gustafson 1974-75 William P. Dunbaugh 1975-76 Dr. Roy Kupsinel 1976-77 Charles W. Brigham 1977-78 Donald E. Lea 1978-79 Roy A. Snyder 1979-80 Bruce Fletcher 1980-81 James Zachary 1981-82 Henry Moorehouse 1982-83 Herb Downs 1983-84 Frank W. Dailey 1984-85 Raymond M. Corbin 1985-86 Cesareo R. Pelaez 1986-87 David R. Goodsell 1987-88 William E. Andrews 1988-89 Robert A. Steiner 1989-90 Fr. Cyprian Murray, OFM, Cap. 1990-91 Margaret Dailey 1991-92 Michael D. Douglass 1992-93 George Schindler 1993-94 Dan Rodriguez 1994-95 Dan Garrett 1995-96 Don Oltz 1996-97 Craig Dickson 1997-98 Loren Lind 1998-99 Gary Hughes 1999-2000 Harry Monti 2000-2001 Jann Goodsell 2001-2002 Warren Kaps 2002-2003 Ed Thomas 2003-2004 Jay Gorham 2004-2005 John W. Apperson 2005-2006 Rich Dooley 2006-2007 Andy Dallas 2007-2008 Maria Ibanez

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