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President Declares National Magic Week 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bruce Kalver
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It is my pleasure to continue the tradition of proclaiming October 25 through October 31 as National Magic Week.  For over 40  years the Society of American Magicians has set aside the last seven days of October to observe National Magic Week.  During this time, we celebrate the charitable work done by the National Organization, local Assemblies and S.A.M. members throughout the year.
National Magic Week dates back to 1927 following the death of Harry Houdini.  At that time, “Houdini Day” was established.  It later became National Magic Day and was designed as a day to offer free performances for shut-ins and the handicapped that would otherwise not be able to attend a magic show.  Soon National Magic Day became National Magic Week.
Today, S.A.M. members and Assemblies celebrate National Magic Week in much the same way.  Many Assemblies also seek proclamations from state and local officials declaring the last seven days of October “National Magic Week.”
S.A.M. Assemblies and members are encouraged to send a list of their planned events to National Magic Week Chair Tom Neddo at  Also include information on all of the charitable events and good work that your members and Assemblies have been involved in throughout the year as National Magic Week celebrates charitable work done all year long.
Although National Magic Week is the last seven days of October, the intent and purpose of National Magic Week is to celebrate the charitable contributions, good deeds and good work done by S.A.M. members and Assemblies throughout the year.
My heartfelt thanks to all of you who give freely of your time, talent and resources.
-Jeff Sikora
National President
Society of American Magicians

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