Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sandy snuffs S.A.M. wand breaking ceremony for 2012

Wand breaking ceremony in 2010 (Tablet)

The Society of American Magicians have cancelled their annual wand breaking ceremony at Houdini's grave this year because of complications following Hurricane Sandy. The ceremony had been scheduled for November 8.

A helpful reader from Queens tells me Machpelah Cemetery is actually closed at the moment due to downed trees.

The S.A.M. have honored Houdini with a formal wand breaking ceremony every year since 1969. The S.A.M. used to hold the ceremony on Halloween, but it drew too much attention. Now the organization selects a secret date in November to pay respects to their "Most Illustrious" president.

Thanks to Colleen.

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