Origin of the "Queen City Mystics"
George Stock was the founder and leader of Cincinnati's first magic organization, the Cincinnati Magicians' Society (CMS). Members of CMS were given the title "Mystics." CMS continued to exist into the 1940's.
Stock consistently opposed the idea of his club becoming part of the Society of American Magicians (SAM), because its origins antedated the founding of the SAM by Houdini and his associates. Stock saw no reason to have his club become a mere offspring of a "parent assembly" it predated. Nevertheless, he did not object to members of CMS joining SAM. Consequently, the members of CMS sometime in the early 1920's adjourned a meeting of their club at the Gibson Hotel, and en masse went to the desk and rented a different room to convene a meeting at which the Queen City Mystics was formed.
Under the leadership of John Braun and Stuart Judah, the Queen City Mystics applied for a charter from the SAM. Harry Houdini himself presented the Queen City Mystics Society of American Magicians Assembly 11 with its charter in 1922, during a performance on the stage of the Keith Theater.
Original Charter for the Queen City Mystics, Assembly 11
of the Society of American Magicians.
"Organized May 10, 1902."
"Incorporated April 3, 1908"
Harry Blackstone Sr. (right), elated to meet
a member of Assembly 11 (Harold Puff, left). [circa 1940's]
On December 11, 2009, Assembly 11 ratified a Restatement of its Constitution & Bylaws. On May 1, 2010 Section 4.5.1 (Term of Elected Officers) was amended. Click for a .pdf copy or a .doc copy of the current Constitution & Bylaws.
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