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Presidential Citation Honoring Centennial

Tuesday, February 6th, 2024

Society of American Magicians National President John Sturk presents a presidential citation to Assembly 12 President Kevin Smith at our 100th Anniversary Gala on October 15, 2023.

Auction on Friday, February 16th

Thursday, February 1st, 2024

This month’s meeting will be the …

Assembly #12 Auction
Friday, February 16, 2024
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
at Eagle Magic, 11995 County Road 11, Burnsville

If you haven’t already, now’s the time to find the magic props, books, videos, collectibles, etc. that you’d like to sell. This will help give your fellow magicians a nice selection of items to bid on and, the more you sell, the more new-to-you treasures you can win!


  • Assembly 12 members who have paid their local dues for 2023–2024 ($15) may participate for free!
  • There is a $5 fee for any non-Assembly 12 member (buyer or seller).


  • Fee allows you to bid on any auction items
  • Bring cash or checks


  • Fee allows you to sell any auction items.
  • Sellers go in registration order.
  • Each seller will have a limited time. Please bundle smaller items and be prepared with a minimum bid for each item (if desired).
  • Sellers will pay Assembly 12 a commission of 10% of the selling price.
  • All accounts are settled at the end of the auction.
  • Sellers will be paid with cash and/or check.

Everyone is welcome!

SAM 12 January 2024 Hybrid Meeting

Tuesday, January 16th, 2024

It’s time for our January meeting!

We’re meeting Friday, January 19, at 7:00 PM. Our theme this month, chosen in anticipation of next month, is “Magic you found while going through your stuff for the auction!” We will also learn more about a possible performance opportunity in partnership with a community group.

We’ll meet at Eagle Magic and Joke Store. (Eagle Magic is in Burnsville, MN, 4 lights east of 35W on Hwy 13, southeast corner, next door to the BP gas station.) Bring potluck snacks to share. Connection information for the virtual view of the meeting will be sent prior to the meeting.

See you on Friday, either in person or online!

Gather items to sell next month

We are hosting an auction in February, and now’s the time to find the magic props, books, videos, collectibles, etc. that you’d like to sell. This will help give your fellow magicians a nice selection of items to bid on and, the more you sell, the more new-to-you treasures you can win!

100th Anniversary in the News

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023

On October 16th, FOX9 ran this story about Assembly 12’s 100th anniversary.

They aired a few other variations of this throughout the day. See them all!

Nick Diffatte performing at 100th Anniversary Gala

Wednesday, September 6th, 2023

Nick will be a featured performer in our after-dinner program. He has performed at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, appeared on The Late Late Show on CBS, appeared on the cover of both Genii and Vanish Magazine, has won multiple awards for both his magic and his comedy, has held multiple long-term residencies on the Las Vegas strip, headlines on Disney Cruise Line and has performed a multitude of shows at casinos, comedy clubs, and corporate events internationally.

Register now for our 100th Anniversary Gala!

Register by Thursday for 100th Anniversary Gala

Tuesday, August 29th, 2023

Register by Thursday, August 31st and get a free drink to enjoy during the cocktail reception, dinner, or program.

S.A.M. National President John Sturk coming to 100th Anniversary Gala

Friday, August 4th, 2023

On October 15, 2023, John Sturk, the 107th National President of the S.A.M., will be in the Twin Cities for our 100th Anniversary Gala! He will open our event with his lecture and will perform in our after-dinner program.

In his lecture, John will cover:

  • Lessons learned as a street performer
  • Classic Chicago-style effects
  • How to Treat a Spectator
  • Forgotten Utility Devices
  • How to Rise, Rise, and Rise a Card
  • Hidden Secrets from Patrick Page

Register now for our 100th Anniversary Gala!

John Sturk is an award-winning comedy magician from Chicago, IL. John is also a co-founder of the Chicago Magic Lounge, has been seen on Fox, ABC, NBC, and the Travel Channel, and is a favorite all over the Midwest.

In addition to magic, John is also a talented musician, working as an improv music director for many of the Chicago theaters, and recently joining the faculty of the famed Second City Training Center.

100th Anniversary Gala Registration Begins

Tuesday, August 1st, 2023

Registration is now open for our 100th Anniversary Gala to be held on October 15, 2023! The last day to register is September 30th. However, don’t wait until then. Register by August 31st and receive a free drink ticket!

See what we have planned and register now!

Make the magic happen for our 100th Anniversary Gala

Sunday, June 11th, 2023

Our 100th Anniversary Gala is a little over 4 months away on October 15, 2023. We have reserved a beautiful venue (see below for some photos from our site visit). We have a delicious, catered Italian dinner lined up. Now we need you to really make the magic happen.

Choose how you want to get involved!

You can help with PR, decorating, performing, tech, etc. to create an amazing evening for the magic community.

Broken Wand – Dan Witkowski

Friday, May 26th, 2023

Dan WitkowskiDan Witkowski passed away peacefully on May 20, 2023. He was 67. Dan was a respected magician and businessman. He began his career in high school as a magician on the convention and banquet circuit throughout the Midwest. From 1974 to 1976, Witkowski worked at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis as a promotional assistant. During his time at WCCO, he produced the magical special “Abracadabra!”, as well as a documentary based on the life of Houdini. In 1977, Dan founded MagicCom, Inc., a company specializing in marketing strategies, product development, and stage and screen presentations. His company worked closely with numerous Fortune 500 companies, including: Procter & Gamble, Disney, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Hormel Foods, and Target. Additionally, Dan is known for creating the long running seasonal event, The Holidazzle Parade, which was a Twin Cities tradition for 21 years. Among other accomplishments; Dan produced “BeBop Bamboozled,” the 1989 Super Bowl XXlll Halftime Show for the NFL; he was an author for Random House with the unique imprint “AbracaDazzle!”; he worked on broadcast productions for CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS and BBC TV; and he completed special assignments for multiple administrations of the White House.

Listen to an interview with Dan in Episode 220 of Behind the Page: The Eli Marks Podcast