Updated: Jun 12
Magicians worldwide have organizations, associations and societies that unite together to share the art of magic. Magicians regularly meet for lectures, performances, conventions and competitions.
There are seven magician societies in North America recognized by the FISM World Championship of Magic.
Here are the seven magic clubs in North America:
Let's take a look at these magic organizations.
North America has Seven Magician Societies
Just like athletes, magicians have an Olympics-style competition called FISM Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques or the FISM World Championship of Magic.
Magicians compete against other magicians for the title of World Champion and FISM's top prize, the Grand Prix. The FISM Grand Prix is not always awarded.
FISM magician competitions happen every three years and represent over 80,000 magicians from 105 countries worldwide. FISM's origins began before the Second World War but it wasn't officially founded until 1948.
Qualifying for FISM World Championships of Magic
Any magician who wishes to compete at the FISM World Championship of Magic must first qualify regionally through a recognized member society.
In North America, there are seven-member societies recognized by FISM.
These magic organizations are membership clubs hosting annual events, conventions, and magic competitions and representing their qualifying magicians on the world stage.
Here are the seven magician societies in North America.
Canadian FISM Magician Organizations
The following magic societies are based in Canada, but anyone worldwide can join.
Canadian Association of Magicians
Canadian Association of Magicians is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art of magic in Canada. They host an annual CAMaraderie convention featuring world-class magicians, lectures, and workshops.
The Canadian Association of Magicians celebrates members from coast-to-coast. One of CAM's goals is to get the art of magic officially recognized as an art form by the Canadian Government.
Publication: Northern Peeks is published electronically four times a year.
Fees: The annual membership fee is $35 CDN.
To learn more about the Canadian Association of Magicians (CAM) visit cammagic.org.
Club de Magie du Québec
Quebec Magic Club connects magicians and magic enthusiasts to promote the art of magic in the province of Quebec. Organizers of the club also organize the Quebec Magic Festival and FISM Quebec 2022.
They organize events, workshops, and conferences to bring together magicians and fans of magic.
Club de Magie du Quebec meets regularly and offers tools and opportunities for magicians to practice and improve. The annual membership fee is $30 CDN.
Visit Website: www.festivaldemagie.ca
FISM Magic Organizations in the USA
The following magic societies are based in the USA. Anyone worldwide can become a member of these organizations.
Academy of Magical Arts
The Magic Castle is the clubhouse of the Academy of Magical Arts. As a private club, entrance is given only to members and their guests or through courtesy invitations available to magicians from the United States.
Don’t be surprised to look over your shoulder and find somebody performing a minor miracle. You’ll soon understand why your visit will be one of the most outstanding evenings you’ve ever experienced. Members of the Academy of Magical Arts receive free access to Genii Magazine.
Membership Requirement: Members must first audition to be part of the organization.
Publication: Genii Magazine
Learn more about the Academy of Magical Arts by visit the Magic Castle's official website. www.magiccastle.com.
Chicago Magic Round Table
The Chicago Magic Round Table is organized by the Chicago Magic Lounge.
It represents a group of magicians and magic enthusiasts who meet regularly to share their passion for the art of magic. They host events, lectures, and workshops to help magicians hone their skills and connect with other magic enthusiasts.
Learn more about the Chicago Round Table and the Chicago Magic Lounge.
International Brotherhood of Magicians
The International Brotherhood of Magicians is the world's largest organization dedicated to the art of magic, with members in 88 countries.
Since 1922, our official publication, The Linking Ring, has linked magicians worldwide. Hundreds of local branches of the I.B.M., or Rings, meet each month.
The Annual Convention features top professional magicians in our spectacular evening shows. The Gold Medal Stage Contest and Gold Cups Close-Up Contest attract some of the best up-and-coming magicians worldwide.
Meetings: The IBM meets in groups called Rings
Publication: The Linking Ring Magazine is electronically produced
To learn more about the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), visit www.magician.org.
Society of American Magicians
The Society of American Magicians, founded on May 10, 1902, in Martinka’s famous magic shop in New York City, New York, is the world's oldest and most prestigious magical society.
For over a century, it has promoted the ideals shared by Kellar, Houdini, Thurston and more than 50,000 others worldwide 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 to the unnecessary public exposure of magical effects.
Meetings: Members meet in Assemblies
Publication: SAM publishes an electronic magazine called M-U-M.
Fees: The annual membership fee is $55 - 70 USD annually
To learn more about the Society of American Magicians (SAM), visit www.magicsam.com.
Texas Association of Magicians
TAOM The Texas Association of Magicians is a regional organization that promotes the art of magic in Texas and surrounding areas. They host an annual convention featuring lectures, workshops, and performances from top magicians.
Support the future of the art of magic and join a magic organization.
To learn more about the Texas Association of Magicians (TAOM), visit https://www.taom.org/
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I join a Magic Club?
To join a magic club, visit its official website to learn about its membership requirements and application process.
Some clubs may require an invitation, while others may have open membership.
You may also need to demonstrate your interest and skills in magic and pay membership fees.
What is FISM?
FISM (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques) is the international governing body for the art of magic.
The FISM World Championship of Magic is a prestigious international magic competition held every three years.
Organized by FISM, the competition attracts the best magicians from around the world, who compete in various categories such as stage magic, close-up magic, and mentalism.
Winners of the FISM World Championship are awarded the title of "World Champion" in their respective categories.
What is a FISM Member Society?
A FISM Member Society is a magic organization that is recognized by FISM.
FISM Member Societies are dedicated to promoting and advancing the art of magic, and they offer resources, networking opportunities, and support for magicians and magic enthusiasts.
How does a magic competition work?
In a magic competition, magicians perform their routines in front of a panel of judges and an audience.
The judges evaluate the performances based on criteria such as technical skill, presentation, originality, and entertainment value.
Depending on the competition, there may be multiple rounds, with the highest-scoring magicians advancing to the next round until a winner is determined.
Who can join these magic clubs?
Membership requirements for magic clubs vary depending on the specific club.
Some clubs are open to anyone interested in magic, while others may have more stringent requirements, such as an audition or invitation from an existing member.
Generally, magic clubs welcome magicians of all skill levels, from beginners to professionals, and fans of magic.
To find out if you can join a specific magic club, visit their website or contact them directly for more information.
There you have it! These 7 magic clubs in North America are recognized by FISM and offer incredible opportunities for magicians and fans of the art of magic.
Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting out, these clubs can provide valuable resources and connections to help you grow in your magical journey.
Join one today, and take your magic to the next level!
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