About S.A.M.


History of S.A.M. Assembly 38

Assembly 38 was first formed on March 8, 1944 as the "Kansas City Assembly." The name was later changed to the "Harry Otto Assembly." The charter was recalled and disbanned in 1981.

Assembly 38 was reactivated on May 18, 1991 with 5 SYM graduates and others, to have a charter membershp of 12 and was able to use the original assembly number 38. The name was later changed to the "Robert W. Klamm Assembly", in honor of the person instrumental in its revival. Robert "The Blind Magician" Klamm was an active member of the club until his death in 2014.

The name was changed again in 2010 to be simply "Assembly 38". Although it was started in Independence Missouri, this magic club serves the entire greater Kansas City metropolitan area (both Kansas and Missouri). The club meets on the third tuesday of every month at 7:00pm at the Westport Coffeehouse in Kansas City, Missouri.

History of the S.A.M.

The Society of American Magicians was formed on May 10th, 1902 by a group of magicians that met in Martinka's magic shop in New York City. The main purpose of forming the club was to further the art of magic by promoting fellowship and unity among its practitioners and by opposing the unnecessary exposure of magical secrets. A year year later the group was joined by history's most famous stage magician and escape artist Harry Houdini. Houdini would later become the president and remain so for 9 years until his death in 1926.