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The 2015 Society of American Magicians (SAM) convention in Philadelphia July 1-4 will be exciting for magicians and their families. Magicians will see fresh new talent perform in the three evening gala shows, including “The transformation of Vaudeville,” “The Heart and Soul of Magic,” and Miguel Puga’s one-man show “Concerto for Piano & Pasteboards.” The professional close-up show features the magic of Spain with Woody Aragon, Hector Mancha, Juan Luis Rubiales and Mario Lopez.

Who will win the prestigious Father Cyprian Murray Stage Magic Contest and the Dr. Paul Critelli Close-Up Magic Contest? And don’t forget the ever-popular “Stars of Tomorrow” show which has been a launching pad for magic’s newest stars.
The SAM will bring back Eric Jones and his team of underground magicians for late-night jam sessions. Select Workshop Sessions will allow you to choose your favorite hands-on learning experience in an intimate setting. The magic lectures will focus on close-up, stage, family entertainers, mentalism and magic history.

Over 20 magic exhibitors from around the world will be featured with ample time to see the newest creations. The SAM banquet will include a surprise performer, the Milbourne Christopher Foundation Awards, and opportunity to congratulate President Kenrick “Ice” McDonald, President-Elect David Bowers and Convention Honoree Ray Goulet.

Bring the kids for the Society of Young Magicians (SYM) All-day Magic Jam on June 30, 2015 which promises to be a fun day of hands-on training for SYM members and young magicians, age 7 to 17, by the SYM's top instructors including David Oliver, Arlen Solomon and Kayla Drescher. A free event included with your youth registration for the SAM Philadelphia Convention.

Philadelphia and the SAM convention is a family destination for all. While the magician in your family is learning from the experts, the non-magician will be entertained with our excellent shows and contests.

In addition, twice daily, the SAM and members of local Assembly #4 will offer free walking tours of historic Philadelphia. See the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the U.S. Mint, and Betsy Ross House, all within a short walking distance of the convention hotel. The SAM will even include FREE admission to National Constitution Center (normally $14.50). You will want to spend hours at this interactive museum dedicated to the US Constitution. Once you see how close these historic landmarks are, you will want to come back at your own leisure, have a cheese steak or pretzel, or visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the steps from Rocky or the Franklin Institute science museum. Don’t forget to end the convention with a bang and the best the best fireworks on Saturday, July 4th at 11 PM.

Philadelphia offers a grand vacation for your entire family. Where’s the best place to celebrate July 4th? The place it all began: Philadelphia.
The convention hotel is located downtown next to the famous Reading Terminal Market, the famous indoor foodie paradise. The Marriott Philadelphia Downtown is located at 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107. Convention registration and hotel reservations can be made at More info at or
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Looking for a place to eat while you are in Philadelphia? This from local Marc DeSouza:

"Many great food options so close to the convention hotel. Right across the street is the amazing Reading Terminal with so many quick lunch places that are more than just fast food (

"We are also only 3 blocks from Chinatown with all of the fantastic Asian food choices. And there are many of Philly's best sit-down restaurants in walking distance too. Two of my favorite restaurateur, Mark Vetri's, places are also blocks away...Osteria ( and Alla Spina (

"And, you can't leave Philly without a REAL CHEESESTEAK! South Philadelphia has Geno's and Pat's right across from each other. These two places are forever battling for the title of best cheesesteak, but for my money, my favorite is Steve's Prince of Steaks on 16th St., between Market and Chestnut ("

Also, Maggiano's, Chili's, Panera Bread and Hard Rock Café next door. Less than a block away is a BurgerFi ( - so good we went twice on our last visit.
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