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Magic Week Proclaimed!

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Magic  Week Proclaimed October 25- October 31, 2017

 

 

Richard Bowman, National President of The Society of American Magicians, proclaimed the week of October 25 to October 31 2017 as National Magic Week throughout the United States and Canada. For more than forty years the Society has recognized the anniversary of the death of Harry Houdini with a special “week” of events to highlight the charitable work of the Society throughout the year. During the year the members of the Society donate performances for senior citizens in nursing homes, in VA Hospitals, for schools and libraries, and for children who cannot afford the luxury of live entertainment. The free shows are part of service programs sponsored by the S.A.M. and follow the example set by Harry Houdini, a past National President of the Society. Magic Week is when the magicians celebrate this service. Public magic events and exhibits will be taking place all over the country. Each year governors, mayors and other governing bodies throughout North America are requested to issue proclamations declaring the last week in October as National Magic Week, encouraging magicians to participate in the activities.

 

History of National Magic Week


 

National Magic week is traditionally the last 7 days of October (October 25th-31st).  The purpose of National Magic Week is to celebrate the charitable work done by the S.A.M, S.A.M. Assemblies and S.A.M. members throughout the year.

The roots of National Magic Week date back over 80 years.  In the summer of 1927, less than one year after the death of Harry Houdini, a “Houdini Day” was established.  In 1938, Les Sholty, a Chicago member of the Society of American Magicians, sought official sanction for a “Houdini Day.”  A friend of the Houdini’s requested and obtained permission from Mrs. Houdini to proclaim October 31st as National Magic Day in honor of Harry Houdini.  A plan was formulated to celebrate this day by having free magic performances for shut-ins and the handicapped, who would otherwise not be able to go out and enjoy a show.  The first radio broadcast about National Magic Day occurred on July 20, 1938 on Radio station KQW.  Mrs. Houdini participated in that broadcast.

It wasn’t long before National Magic Day became National Magic Week.

Today, S.A.M. members and Assemblies celebrate National Magic Week in a variety of ways.  Most often it is celebrated in the same way it has been for over 80 years, by giving free performances for retirement homes, hospitals, orphanages and for others who wouldn’t be able to get out to see a magic show.  Many Assemblies also seek proclamations from state and local officials declaring the last 7 days of October “National Magic Week.”  Assemblies and members are also encouraged to put magic displays in libraries during this week.




Magic Week History Facts and Information

Houdini died at 1:26 PM on October 31 in 1926 and was president of the Society for the previous nine years.

During the year the members of the S.A.M. perform for Senior Citizens in nursing homes, plus in VA Hospitals and for schools and libraries for children who cannot afford the luxury of live entertainment. The free shows are part of the service programs by its members. Magic Week is when the magicians can take their bows. Public magic events and exhibits will be taking place all over the country.

Each year governors, mayors and other governing bodies throughout the country are requested to issue proclamations declaring the last week in October as National Magic Week, encouraging magicians throughout the country to participate in the activities.

The Society of American Magicians adopted the idea of National Magic Week as a way of promoting the Art of Magic by performing shows at orphanages, hospitals and nursing homes for those who would have difficulty getting to a theatre to see a live performance. The members of the Society of American Magicians that participate in these shows find it a rewarding activity. Many people enjoy magic shows during this week that otherwise would not be able to do so.

The roots of National Magic Week go back over 80 years. Before there was a National Magic Week there was a National Magic Day. It all started with a “Houdini Day” in the summer of 1927, less than one year from the death of Harry Houdini. A trophy in honor of Houdini, who served as the President of the Society of American Magicians for nine years until his death on October 31, 1926, was presented by Mrs. Harry Houdini in New York City.

There were many other “Houdini Days” following, but it was not until 1938 that Les Sholty, a Chicago member of the Society of American Magicians, sought official sanction for a “Houdini Day.” A friend of the Houdini’s requested and obtained permission from Mrs. Houdini to proclaim October 31 as National Magic Day in honor of Harry Houdini. The plan was formulated at that time to have free performances for shut-ins and handicapped people.

Many newspapers carried the story about National Magic Day and various magical societies kept the idea alive. It was not long when National Magic Day became National Magic Week.

The first radio broadcast about National Magic Day occurred over radio station KQW on July 20, 1938. Mrs. Harry Houdini participated in that broadcast.

Magic displays can be found at libraries, stores and malls throughout the country during National Magic Week.

National Magic Week is the S.A.M.’s and the magical fraternity’s way of sharing with others in a great art form that is deeply loved by those who participate in it.

If you are a performer, to report your event, Click HERE

If you are an Assembly, to report your event, Click HERE

Download the Magic Week Informational Flyer here.


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