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

August 4th, 2023 by Adam Moore

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

August 1st, 2023 by Adam Moore

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!

Summer Meeting Update!

June 13th, 2023 by Kevin Smith

Greetings SAM Assembly 12 Members and Friends!

We just wanted to remind folks that we usually take the summer off, so there will not be an official meeting in June, July, or August. There’s been some interest in possibly having a picnic or cookout of some sort but nothing has been organized as of yet — if you’re interested please contact us.

In the meantime, if you haven’t already filled out the 100th Anniversary Gala survey, please do! There are many ways to get involved with this historic event:

Choose how you want to get involved!

Make the magic happen for our 100th Anniversary Gala

June 11th, 2023 by Adam Moore

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

May 26th, 2023 by Adam Moore

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

What’s happening in May?

May 15th, 2023 by Adam Moore

We are going to cancel the May meeting because quite a few people are going to be at AbraCORNdabra on our “normal” day (the third Friday of the month). We talked about having a hybrid meeting on the 19th with the in-person location being at AbraCORNdabra. Kevin and Adam looked into it, but logistically, it’s not going to work very well.

For those going to AbraCORNdabra, we are meeting at the hotel restaurant (Bennigan’s) on Friday at 4:30pm. Please send us a message if you’re going to be there so we reserve the right size table.

In case you’re curious, we didn’t meet on the second Friday because several others were at the Magic Collector Expo and weren’t sure they’d be back in time for a meeting, and several other people were unavailable. We’re not going to meet on the fourth Friday because there wasn’t much enthusiasm for meeting on the 26th since that’s Memorial Day Weekend.

SAM 12 April 2023 Hybrid Meeting

April 16th, 2023 by Kevin Smith

Time once again for another SAM 12 Hybrid Assembly Meeting, on Friday, April 21st at 7:00 PM

The in-person location will be at Discovery United Methodist Church in Chanhassen. Please bring drinks and/or snacks to share!

Connection information for the virtual view of the meeting will be sent later this week.

Our theme this month is Magic That Needs a Second Opinion! Bring magic you’re working on where you need help, ideas, or a second opinion! This is an opportunity to try out effects and explore ideas with the other magicians in the club.

See you on Friday, either in person or online!

Location address:
Discovery Methodist Church
275 Lake Drive East
Chanhassen, MN 55317

100th Anniversary Gala

March 29th, 2023 by Adam Moore

One hundred years ago, a group of fourteen local magicians chartered the Society of American Magicians’ 12th Assembly. We will be holding a celebration gala on October 15, 2023, and you’re invited! Please save the date and watch for more details.

SAM Assembly 12 March 2023 Meeting!

March 13th, 2023 by Kevin Smith

It’s time for our March “hybrid” SAM Assembly 12 meeting.

We’ll meet on Friday, March 17, at 7:00 PM at Eagle Magic. (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.

This month, in honor of St Patrick’s Day, perform Luck-themed magic, magic with Green stuff, or magic from your favorite Irish magician!

See you on Friday, either in person or online! 

Auction on Sunday, February 26th

February 2nd, 2023 by Adam Moore

This month’s meeting will be held on a Sunday afternoon, and it will be the …

Sunday, February 26, 2023
Doors open at 3:00 p.m.
at Eagle Magic, 11995 County Road 11, Burnsville


  • Assembly 12 members who have paid their local dues ($15) for 2022–2023 may participate for FREE!
  • There is a $5 fee for any non-Assembly 12 member (buyer or seller).

Speed up check-in on auction night and REGISTER ONLINE


  • 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.