Broken Wand

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Postby Dennis Kyriakos » 07/17/03 09:50 AM


We recently lost a fellow magician who I was very close to, and I have been asked to perform a Broken Wand ceremony.

Can someone point me towards the original version?

Please feel free to email me at

Thanks for your help
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Postby Jeff Haas » 07/17/03 11:42 AM

A quick Google search brought up the following...

Broken Wand Ceremony

Special ceremony conducted at the funeral of a magician in which a wand is broken to symbolize the loss of magical power. First conducted by the Society of American Magicians at Houdini's memorial service in 1926.

IBM version of the ceremony:

If you're in the SAM, your local assembly should have their version.

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