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Did you know that there is an Association just for Masonic Magicians?  The Invisible Lodge

The Honorary Association of Masonic Magicians at Work Under the Jurisdiction of the Known and Unknown World.

Are you a Magician or a pursuer of an allied art form ?

Master Masons who are a professional, semi-professional or amateur in magic or related arts and show passion through performance, authorship, collector or membership in an International, National or Regional oriented organization are invited to our membership.

Called “The Invisible Lodge,” the group brings together Freemasons who are also interested in illusion, sleight of hand, and other forms of performance magic.

Some of the most famous magicians in history were Masons, such as Harry Houdini, Hermann the Great, Howard Thurston, and Harry Kellar.

We guess that you would have to be good at keeping secrets to be a great magician!

Learn more at:  http://www.theinvisiblelodge.org/

The Invisible Lodge International was founded by “Sir” Felix Korim, a well known Stage Illusionist in 1953.

The organization has now passed its 65th Anniversary and in 2004 held its first International Convention in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

As a Masonic Magician you join the ranks of known Brothers such as:

Harry Houdini (Erik Weisz)

Initiated in St. Cecile Lodge No. 568, New York on July 17, 1923 and was passed and raised on July 31 and August 21 of the following year.

“He was proud to be a Freemason and even held a performance for the Scottish Rite Valley of New York.

The event was attended by 4,000 people in the Scottish Rite Cathedral and raised money for Freemasons in need.”

‘The Great Houdini’ – By McManus-Young Collection – Library of Congress, Public Domain,

 

Herrmann the Great (Alexander Herrmann)

His funeral on December 20, 1896, held at the Masonic Hall on 23rd Street in New York City was so crowded it blocked the streets.

Reportedly thousands of people attended in hopes of being the one to close his coffin.

‘Herrmann the Great’ – By Unknown author

Harry Kellar

Called the “dean of magic” and “the most beloved magician in history”, he was the most popular magician from 1896 until 1908.

Kellar rented a Masonic temple in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he gave 264 performances, closing the show on June 24, 1885.

 

Heinrich Kellar – By unattributed –  Public Domain

Howard Thurston

Received the mantle of “Greatest American Magician” from Bro. Harry Kellar and passed it to his Masonic Bro. Dante (Harry Jansen, 1883-1955).

‘Thurston the Great Magician’ – Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Other Masonic Brethren who were members of the ILI, included:

Lee Grabel, John Calvert, Harry Blackstone Sr., Peter Reveen, Sid Radner, Carl Balentine, and Herb Zarrow.

The Invisible Lodge International is a two-fold organization and to be a member you must meet certain criteria.

First, you must be a Master Mason having current Blue Lodge status. You then must prove, to satisfaction of the ILI Directorate Board, that you are a Magician or a pursuer of an allied art form.

This may be as a professional, semi-professional or amateur in the magic or related arts and show relationship and show ties through performance, authorship, collector or membership in an International, National or Regional oriented organization.

The Invisible Lodge International is a two fold organization. To be a member you must meet certain criteria when you apply for membership.

It just happens that as a result of dual membership requirements the ILI is a unique organization and one of a kind in the world.

First, you must be a Master Mason having current Blue Lodge status. You then must prove, to satisfaction of the ILI Directorate Board, that you are a Magician or a pursuer of an allied art form.

This may be as a professional, semi-professional or amateur in the magic or related arts and show relationship and show ties through performance, authorship, collector or membership in an International, National or Regional oriented organization.

The Magic Castle  

“The Magic Castle”, the clubhouse of the Academy of Magical Arts, is private, allowing entrance only to members and their guests, or through courtesy invitations which are available to magicians visiting from out of the United States.

A typical evening—if there even is such a thing here—features magic shows that range from miracles right under your nose to full stage illusions that stun an entire room.

The Castle is full of rare memorabilia and magnificent posters, so there’s a lot to see.

There’s also a critically acclaimed full-service dining room and a number of unique bars, each with its own personality, making it easy to find just the perfect spot for whatever mood you’re in.

Don’t be surprised to look over your shoulder and find somebody performing a minor miracle.

You’ll soon understand why your visit will be one of the most amazing evenings you’ve ever experienced.”

Notice: Although The Magic Castle is a private club, you are attending as a guest of the Invisible Lodge; membership in The Magic Castle is not required for you to attend our meeting.

The club’s dress code does apply to our members & guests.

The ILI Annual Meeting begins with the new, private initiation ceremony, surrounded by the props, displays, and busts of renowned magicians, many of whom were Freemasons.

After the initiation, the business meeting of the Invisible Lodge International is held, including a solemn ceremony for those who have passed on to the unknown world.

At the meeting’s conclusion, a group meal is served to our Lodge in one of the Magic Castle’s dining rooms.

Following that, all are encouraged to attend the shows and mingle with the members and visitors of the Magic Castle for the remainder of the evening. It is, without a doubt, a night you will never forget.

The ILI meets at the various Magic Conventions around the world.

There is an initiation ceremony that you can participate in at any time and at any ILI meeting around the world. Just like the craft, 2B1Ask1.

I have included a pdf copy of our Membership application. If you are interested in joining, please send your completed application, a copy of your current blue lodge dues card and fees to:

Membership fees are as follows:

Life member, one time fee $60 US and $75 foreign.

This includes: Membership Certificate and Membership Card.

Yearly renewal/Trestleboard – Hard copy fee $10 US and $20 foreign.

Email Trestleboard – No Charge

 

Please make checks payable to: The Invisible Lodge.

 

Mail to: JR Knight,

The Invisible Lodge,

38254 Shadow Creek

Murrieta, CA 92562

 

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