The South African Magical Society was formed in 1918 and is in fact the oldest such society in the country. The first patron of the society was the eminent magician John Maskelyn.  SAMS, as the society is colloquially called, draws its members from all walks of life both in professional and semi-professional capacity.  Its members comprise of businessmen, clergy, sea captains, artisans, sales people, teachers, doctors, etc. all dedicated to the pursuance of and upliftment of the art of magic.  SAMS is also affiliated to the London Magic Circle and has close links with a number of overseas magical clubs and societies.

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