Welcome to the Capital District's magic club. Members of our club include illusionists, close-up magicians, kids show magicians, magic collectors and magic enthusiasts.

The purpose of our organization is to promote the art of magic by learning to perform it well, to preserve its history and to assemble collections of past magicians and paraphernalia.

Assembly #24 is one of the oldest Assembly's in the Society of American Magicians. It is named after Past President Jay A. Gorham.  Jay was a Professor and Mathematics Chair at Hudson Valley Community College. He is an active magician and magic collector. After moving from this area to Arizona, Jay became the National President of the Society of American Magicians in 2004.



Summer has arrived and with it several visiting magicians.  Jimmy Brown is at the Magic Forest again this year  and will be performing on Monday evenings at Shepard Park in Lake George.  That is a free show.  I’ll have more information in the next newsletter.  

Joe Barney is again producing shows at the Great Escape, and one of the performers he brought with him is the one and only Doc Swan.  Looks like a good year for magic in Lake George.

Also Tyler Thompson sent note that he will performing table-side magic at The Point and Bar and at Juniors Bar and Grill every Friday from 6:30-8:30.  The two bars are side-by-side on Madison Avenue in Albany.  


IBM Ring 186 will be meeting on Tuesday, June 25, at 7:30 at S. W. Pitts Hose Company, 226 Old Loudon Road, in Latham, NY.   Paper magic is the suggested topic for this meeting.  Paper is cheap, and with a pair of scissors, some paste, and a little ingenuity you can create some really amazing routines.  If you are looking some ideas, check out Gene Anderson”s NEWSPAPER MAGIC or Joseph Leeming’s FUN WITH PAPER or Bill Severn’s MAGIC WITH PAPER or Houdini’s PAPER MAGIC.  No shortage of ideas.


SAM Assembly 24 will meet on Tuesday, July 9, at 7:30 at S. W. Pitts Hose Company, 226 Old Loudon Road, in Latham, NY.  We haven’t had a meeting on apparatus in some time.  We used to have this as a topic at least once year.  So here it is, your chance to show off all those wonderful things your wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, or mother keep complaining about having to dust.  

Apparatus can be large or small, old or new, chrome- plated or painted.  You can even have dragons painted on the sides. If you can perform some minor miracle with the stuff you bring, that will be  a plus.  


Every Tuesday: THE MORNING MAGIC GROUP: meets at 7:30 at Panera north of Glen Falls at exit 19 of the Northway.  Call Cliff, Dave, Roger, or Helen for information or directions.

July 10-13, 2019: The IBM National Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona

August 2, 3, & 4, 2019:  Festival of Fools in Burlington ,Vermont.  This a FREE street performing festival with more than 100 of the best street performers from around the world.  It is a family friendly event.  For more information go to:  http://www.vermontfestivaloffools.com/

July/August ??: Annual picnic at the Beckley’s place on Lake George.  Date to be announced.

Sunday, October 6: SAM Assembly 24 Annual Banquet at Dunham’s Bay Resort on Lake George.  Details to be announced.

January 18-21, 2020: The SAM National Convention in Las Vegas, NV


If you know of a magic related event or show which might be of interest to capital area magicians, send that information to me in time for it to be announced in our next newsletter.

 Also if you would like to contribute an original article, trick or  review of a book, dvd, trick or internet site, send it to me for inclusion in this newsletter.  PLEASE DON’T COPY WHAT SOMEONE ELSE HAS WRITTEN UNLESS YOU  DOCUMENT THE SOURCE AND HAVE PERMISSION TO SHARE IT.

Material should arrive on or before the first or third Tuesdays of the month to be included in the next newsletter.  Send your information or contributions to:  cliffordbruce@earthlink.net

Blind taste testing the magician's way...

Vinny Grosso gives a guest lecture.

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