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Comrades In Wands : Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians Turns 75

If you happen to be at the Surrey Hotel in Grey Lynn on the second Tuesday of the month at around 7.30pm, you'll find two of the doors in the restaurant securely shut. Behind those doors, a motley group of people meet to discuss the craft, the art, and the passion that has driven them for many years: magic.

That group is actually an organisation called The Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians (abbreviated to the appealing BAM. BAM traces its beginnings to 1946, when Peter Fraser was prime minister and Rita Hayworth pinned up on walls across the world; it celebrates its 75th birthday this year. BAM's goal: To promote goodwill, mutual respect and cooperation amongst active performing magicians. It's one of many clubs for professional magicians that exist across the world, but is the only club of this nature in Aotearoa.

Just before Auckland entered its lockdown, I spoke to then president Alan Watson QSM and his successor Mick Peck behind those closed doors, to get a sense of what it's like to be a member of this exclusive organisation.

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