In the late fall of 1902 a young man from Atlanta was initiated into the mystic rites of the Society of American Magicians along with Dr. F.E. Van der Veer at Martinka’s Magic Shop in NYC. As fate would have it, in 1907 both were living in Atlanta Georgia. The only other known magicians at that time was Albert Harrington of Austell and Harry MacKirgan of Jacksonville FL. In 1919 Sherwood B Blodgett, a student of Magic moved to Atlanta from Boston. Soon J. Edgar Hunnicutt, Milton Brooks and Kenneth S Keyes became active in the small group. That young man was none other than Julian V Boehm.
On September 26th, 1924 this happy group of magicians formed the Atlanta Society of Magicians (A.S.M). The six Compeers listed from above became Chartered Members.
1925 Newspaper notice:
“What promises to be one of the city’s most unique societies has just been organized—The Atlanta Society of Magicians. The purpose of the organization is to advance interest in magic and to provide entertainment for its members and friends. A number of the most prominent magicians in the South are enrolled as charter members in the Society which plans to hold monthly meetings from here on. — At the organization meeting it was decided that membership in the new society would be by invitation only and that the Society's roll would be limited to magicians of acknowledged standing.”
On April 6, 1940 the Atlanta Society of Magicians joined the Society of American Magicians becoming Assembly #30 of that body.
Our Mission Statement Today: To advance interest and knowledge in the art of magic and to provide entertainment for its members and friends
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 more than 47,000 others world-wide who have held membership in the society. Those 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 amateurs, manufacturers, magic dealers, book authors and magic collectors. Through its monthly publications, annual conventions, and with almost 300 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 those 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, Mac King, Mat Franco, and David Copperfield by joining the most prestigious magical organization in the world – The Society of American Magicians.
Interesting Facts About the Society of American Magicians… The Society of American Magicians was established on May 10,1902, in New York City, with a membership of 24. On February 7, 1903, Ehrich Weiss (a.k.a. Harry Houdini) was elected to membership.
The Fourth Annual Dinner Show held on June 4,1908, included Harry Kellar, Harry Houdini, Howard Thurston, Signor Deadato, Imro Fox, T. Nelson Downs, and others!
In June 1917, Harry Houdini was elected National President of the S.A.M., a position he held until his untimely death on October 31, 1926.
Over 250 S.A.M. Assemblies have been established worldwide.
“M-U-M” is the official publication of the S.A.M. The letters stand for “Magic – Unity – Might.”
The Society of Young Magicians (S.Y.M.) was established in July,1984. Nearly 100 S.Y.M. Assemblies have been established since that time. The official publication of the S.Y.M. is the “Magic Symbol.”
In July 2002, the Society celebrated its Centennial Year in New York City.
Also, in July of 2002, on the 3rd, the US Postal Services issued a Houdini Commemorative Stamp during the Centennial Celebration.
Presently, the purpose of the Society of American Magicians shall be to advance, elevate, and preserve magic as a performing art, to promote harmonious fellowship throughout the world of magic and to maintain and improve ethical standards in the field of magic. Its mission is to promote an environment for the worldwide magic community that fosters fellowship, preservation of the magical arts, ethical standards, education, and personal growth. To this end the Society endeavors to improve the program of services for all members, provide opportunities, to those interested, to learn magic and about magic, to provide prudent fiscal leadership for the Society, to establish policy and standards of ethics, and to preserve and honor the history of magic and magicians. The Atlanta Society of Magicians supports the purpose, mission, and goals of the National Council of the Society of American Magicians in all our actions and activities