About the Magic Endowment Fund

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Grants for youngsters in need to attend summer magic camp

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Hospital benefits for
magicians in need

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College scholarships to
qualified magicians

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Magic history preservation & research

The Magic Endowment Fund's Mission is to: 
++ Support a national youth development program
++ Preserve the historical efforts of the magic community
++ Provide financial assistance to magicians for medical treatment
++ Endorse other activities to further promote an enduring interest in the Magical Arts

The Vision of the MEF is to nurture investments in the Art of Magic and provide ever increasing benefits to the magic community through activities and initiatives, including:
++ Education grants & scholarships
++ Research on the history of magic
++ The Houdini Fund for medical needs
++ The Leslie P. Guest and David Goodsell Literary Award for literature
++ The Magic Hall of Fame & Museum
++ Magic demonstrations and training for special needs children

Magic Endowment Fund Trustees

Term Expires 2023

  • Richard Dooley,¬†Chairman
  • George Schindler
  • Bruce Lish
  • Trudy Monteith
  • Steven Spence

Term Expires 2025

  • Jann Goodsell, Secretary
  • Ronald Ishimaru
  • Michael Miller
  • Dan Rodriquez
  • Robert Kirkpatrick, Vice Chair

Term Expires 2024

  • Richard Bowman, Treasurer
  • Tom Gentile
  • Nancy Anderson
  • Eric Lampert
  • Joel Zaritsky

Houdini Fund Trustees

  • George Schindler
  • Bruce Lish
  • Robert Kirkpatrick

The Magic Endowment Fund (MEF) was founded in 1986 by the Society of American Magicians as a charitable IRS Recognized 501(c)3 foundation dedicated to the advancement of the Art of Magic.

Since its inception, the Fund has distributed over


in charitable giving.

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