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Hey there all, I just had a question about the emblem of The International Brotherhood of Magicians. I noticed the symbols that are in the emblem and I just wanted to know their significance and what they stand for for this organization of magicians. If anyone has that information, I would love to know. I can't find anything online. I am doing a school project on the history of magic so the information would be greatly appreciated. What is the significance and meaning of the "shaking hands," the "Greek God Hermes," and the "Oakleaf with the acorn." What is their coralation with the world of Magic tricks?

Thanks in advance to any information!
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The I.B.M. Seal was originally the brain-child of the late Don Rogers, (Ernest K. Schieldge), I.B.M. No. 3. He composed both the design and the interpretations of the various symbols.

The globe signified the world, with Mercury, the messenger of the ancient gods and a magician, holding a wand in his right hand. The hand clasp is for friendship, brotherhood, and unity in magic. The oak leaf denoted strength, with the two acorns representing the Eastern and Western hemispheres. The letters "I.B.M." were there. In a circle around the globe were the words "Fraternity. Publicity. Mystery." Incidentally, those three words still appear on the newsletter sent out by our Sick and Convalescent Committee.

The original emblem was used on early letterheads by Len Vintus, I.B.M. No. 1, from 1922 until May 1925. Len also had it appear on the mastheads of the first 18 issues of The Linking Ring. However, because of the outline of the continents, the emblem appeared cluttered.

The emblem was changed slightly with the redesigning done by Sid Lorraine, (Johnson), I.B.M. No. 164. It first appeared in the May 1925 issue of The Linking Ring, and has been our emblem ever since. It is curious that Mercury changed to holding the wand in his left hand.
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Thanks for the insight Skip! I appreciate! !!!!!
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Most welcome, Ben. Here to serve...

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