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Hawaii magicians documented their activities, organizations,  performances, and secrets since the 1900s in magic journals.

Hawaii has been a destination of many world traveling magicians.

Visiting British magician - Professor John Henry Anderson (the Wizard of the North) performed to royalty of Hawaii in 1909.  

In 1912, the great Max Malini entertained Queen Liliuokalani. Japan's Tenkai also lived in Hawaii and performed during the 1940s war years.

Hawaii hosted magic conventions in 1945, 1960 and the major 1972 Pacific Coast Association of Magicians (PCAM) and 1983 International Brotherhood of Magicians (I.B.M.) conventions which attracted over a thousand registrants and included major talents such as Dai Vernon, Channing Pollock, Karrell Fox, Shimada, Mr. Electric,  Harry Blackstone, Fantasio, Michael Skinner, Daryl, Michael Amar, Shigeo Futagawa, Paul Harris, and many more. 

This year, the Society of American Magicians will induct as President Hawaii's magician - Ronald Ishimaru. 

Hawaii have 2 magicians in the SAM Hall of fame - Jimmy Yoshida and Tenkai.

Hawaii magicians competed in numerous regional competitions such as PCAM, Texas Association of Magicians  (TAOM), SAM, IBM, and Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques (FISM). 

In 1978, John Hirokawa placed 1st in the junior General Magic. Les and Terri Au placed twice in the IBM gold medal stage competition.

Kelvin Chun placed 1st in the PCAM, TAOM stage contest and competed in the IBM gold medal stage competition.

In 1998 Pacific Coast Association of Magicians - PCAM - Seattle, Lot Kahawai placed 1st - Senior Stage, and Kristi Toguchi placed 1st - Junior Stage.

Hawaii magicians are performing artists and have preserved their creativity by publishing their works in professional journals and lecturing at major conventions. 

Curtis Kam and Allen Okawa are well known Close-up magicians lecturing at numerous international magic conventions.

Hawaii magicians are performing artists and have preserved their creativity by publishing their works in professional journals and lecturing at major conventions. 

They have many specialties in close-up, parlor and stage magic.  The magic is a blend of western and eastern philosophy.  A journal entry mentioned Harry Masunaga gathering ideas from the orient and the occident. "He comes to the center of the stage adorned in full Chinese attire, speaks in Japanese,  and occidental music played by the orchestra running through his act! Beat that for being cosmopolitan." 

There were magicians specializing in card and coin sleight of hands, and others performed  escape artistry from ropes and chains. There were numerous disciplines that ranged from mind reading and telepathy to elaborate stage productions of cards, silk, and colorful props.

These magicians were locals, visiting servicemen, and travelers from around the world. They socialized and organized meetings and performances at private residences, excursions, restaurants, YMCA and hotel ballrooms. 

These enthusiastic entertainers had  stage names such as the "Professor," "Social Mystifier," "King of Coins," "Conjurer," "King of Hearts," "Chew Gum Long," "Nekko - the supreme mystifier," "Professor Tengu," and "Professor Fun."

Throughout history, the magicians subscribed and contributed to professional magicians' journals including  "The Conjurer's Magazine, " "The Sphynx," "The Linking Ring," "The Seven Circles," and  the "MUM : Magic Unity Might." 

Hawaii magicians have created their own secret societies that is linked to the national and international societies. The International Brotherhood of Magicians have Rings 50, 4649, 559, and 185. The Society of American Magicians Assembly 89. 

The names of the local organizations are:

1926 Harry Hanaoka #559

1928 Fat Sut Circle 

1930 Ring 50

1931 Honolulu Mystic Circle 

1932 International Magic Circle 

1933 Cosmopolitan Magic Society 

1933 Ring 4649

1947 Hawaii Magicians Society 

1949The Kahuna

1949 Kamaaina  (Old Timers) Magic Circle 

1966 Dec.1 IBM Aloha Ring 185

1973 Society of American Magicians Aloha Assembly #89

Hawaii Society of American Magicians Jimmy
  
2002 Monty's Magic Theater

2004
P.R.I.S.M.- (Hawaii Magic 5-0) 
PACIFIC RIM INNER SECRET MAGIC

Below are more details of members, and activities which included conventions, contests and achievements.

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British magician - Professor John Henry Anderson (the Wizard of the North) performed to the royalty of Hawaii in 1909

1912 Max Malini performance in Honolulu 
When Max Malini (1873–1942) — one of the greatest magicians of all time — arrived at Honolulu in 1912 on the first of several visits to Hawaii, he entertained Queen Liliuokalani at a luncheon given in her honor.

In 1933, the Fat Sut Circle was considered the best organized club in Hawaii. "Fat Sut is magic in Chinese. This club, composed of strictly Chinese living in Hawaii, extends its workings not only to magic alone, but also to any social activities."

May 15, 1920
Chas. D McNerney
Rope and Chain Escape Artist 
Performance in Minneapolis 

December 15, 1924
Harry Hanaoka card effects article to 
The Sphynx - SAM

1926 Ring 559
Harry Hanaoka

1928
Fat Sut Circle - a Chinese Magic and Social club..

1933
Fat Sut Circle

Reginald Lee, President, (IMC- International Magic Circle)
Milo Lum, Vice President,  (IBM)
Robert Ching, Secretary 
Peter Look, Treasurer  (Shanghai Magic Festival)
Paul Sam Ching, Sergeant of Arms)

May 1930
Ring No 50
Honolulu, Hawaii

President Harry Hanaoka 
Vice President Chas. D McNerney
Secretary Harry Masunaga
Treasurer Edward Cooper

October 1931
International Magic Circle 
Milo Lum 
Dr David Katsuki
Harry Hanaoka 
Victor Aquina 
Lawrence Kam 

April 1932
Honolulu Mystic Circle 
Lawrence Kam 
Harry Hanaoka 
David Katsuki 
Benny Matsunaga
Nora Kaya 
Sumiko Okada

February 8, 1933
Cosmopolitan Magic Society 

Prof. Lawrence Kam,  President 
Prof. Clarence Silva, Vice President 
Prof. Harry Hanaoka & Prof. Milo Lum (Social Mystifier)
Publicity Chairman 
Prof. Kamehameha Wong, Secretary and Treasurer 
Prof. David Nekko, General Affairs
Prof. George Lake, Program Chair
Prof. E. Crabbe, Assistant 

March 1933
IBM 4649
Harry Masunaga 

Japan Magician Tenkai performance for the Fernandez Circus on November 21, 1939 in Honolulu

December 1945
Honolulu Magicians Annual Conference 
Milo Lum 
Tenkai and Okinu 
George Lake
Wallace Yes
Lt. Cmdr Patrick Lyman
David Cheong-Marn
Alan Chang
Bill Murata (Chew Gum Long)
Lawrence Kam 
Andrew Park
Harry Okimoto
Henry Luke
Larry Pritchett 
Albert Ching

March 2, 1947
Hawaii Magic Society 
President Vernon Kuhns
Secretary Amos Nakamura 

January 23, 1948
Hawaii Magic Society 
Benefit Performance to National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis 

1948
Hawaii Magic Society 
Victor Koehler, President 
Harry Okamoto, Vice President 
Charles E. Penton, Secretary 
Amos Nakamura, Treasurer 
Official minutes was documented in “The Kahuna” in 1949.  

April 1949
Kamaaina (Old Timers) Magic Circle 
Andrew Park, President 
George Lake, Vice President 
Charles E. Penton, Secretary 
Milo Lum,  Treasurer 
Allen Chang, Sergeant at Arms 
Herbert Weatherwax, Harry Okimoto, Jimmie Kalilikane, Dr. Richard W. You - Directors 

Performance to Servicemen in Guam by Andrew Park

February 1952
Kamaaina Magic Circle 
Dr. Richard W. You, President 
Milo Lum,  Vice President 
Carolyn Yap, Recording Secretary 
Rose McCarty, Corresponding Secretary 
You Kai Chang, Treasurer
Liko Pang, Sergeant at Arms
Andrew Park, Advisor 

1960
Hawaii's first Magic Convention 

Hawaii currently have 2 adult magic organizations:

December 1, 1966
International Brotherhood of Magicians 
Hawaii Magic Society 
Aloha Ring
Ring 185
Sam Chung, President 
Leroy TWK Sui, Secretary

1969
Fred Ball, President 
James Yoshida,  Secretary

Illusions Unlimited / Junior Magic Club 1969 to 1974

1970-71
James Yoshida, President 
Robert Windham, Vice President 
Lyle Merriman, Secretary 
See Kong Goo, Treasurer 
Allen Okawa, Sergeant at Arms

1971
Pacific Coast Association of Magicians - PCAM 
Close-up contest
Allen Okawa

July 2-5, 1972
Pacific Coast Association of Magicians - PCAM -Hawaii Convention 
Sheraton Waikiki

January 1, 1973
Society of American Magicians Charter

1978 FISM Junior 
John Hirokawa 
1st General Magic

July 1-4, 1983
IBM Hawaii Convention 
Pacific Beach hotel 

International Brotherhood of Magicians
Leslie and Terry Au
Award of Merit
1991 Stage Contest - Baltimore 
Gold Medal Finalist - Top 6

Mike Ching published "NEW ANIMATIONS" The Dancing Handkerchief Book in June 1991. 

1992 Kauai SAM Assembly 229
Peter Badua, President

1993 - 1997
Hawaii International Magic Arts Festival
Hawaii 5th Annual Magic Convention in Paradise 
Hawaii Wonderworkers Workshop

1993 1st Annual Hawaii Close-up Competition 
2nd Michael Wong
3rd Jim Kawashima

1996
International Brotherhood of Magicians
Leslie and Terry Au
Stage Contest 
Gold Medal Finalist - Top 6

1996
Curtis Kam
Professional Close-up Magic
Palms of Steel

1998 Pacific Coast Association of Magicians - PCAM - Seattle
1st - Senior Stage, Lot Kahawai
1st - Junior Stage, Kristi Toguchi 

2000 Pacific Coast Association of Magicians - PCAM - Tacoma
1st - Senior Stage, Kelvin Chun 

2002 Monty's Magic Theater

2003 Texas Association of Magicians - TAOM - Lubbock 
1st - Senior Stage, Kelvin Chun 

2004
P.R.I.S.M.- (Hawaii Magic 5-0) 
PACIFIC RIM INNER SECRET MAGIC

International Brotherhood of Magicians
Kelvin Chun
2005 Stage Contest - Reno
Gold Medal Finalist - Top 6

2012 Koolau Theater 

2012- 2017
Holiday Magic
Annual Hawai‘i Magic Festival

2018 Society of American Magicians, President 
Ronald Ishimaru

Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame Hawaii membership 
http://www.samhalloffame.com/members/

Tenkai and Okinu (Sadajiro Ishida) 1889-1972; 1895-?

Jimmy Yoshida (1920-2011) was a magic dealer and magician, performing as Tengu, in Hawaii.

Yoshida started a magic shop and a magic school on the island of Oahu, becoming known as the "Godfather of Magic" in the islands. He continued to perform until he was 81.

International Brotherhood of Magicians' Ring 185 - Hawaii Magicians Society 

Official minutes was documented in “The Kahuna” in 1949. 

This organization was International Brotherhood of Magicians' Ring 185 - Hawaii Magicians Society. 

Hawaii currently have 2 adult magic organizations:

The International Brotherhood of Magicians' Ring 185 - Hawaii Magicians Society. 
http://www.hawaiimagicclub.com/

The Society of American Magicians: Jimmy Yoshida Aloha Assembly #89 
Hawaii Magic Club Assembly #89

S.Y.M.-Society of Young Magicians Assembly #107

The International Brotherhood of Magicians is the world’s largest organization of magicians, with members in 88 countries. Founded in 1922 by Len Vintus and Gene Gordon, the I.B.M.’s membership today includes the top professional magicians and thousands of enthusiastic hobbyists from all walks of life. 

Chun, a member since 1995 in Ring 185 (Hawaii Magic Society), is currently the Hawaii Territorial Vice President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Chun is an award winning educator, magician, balloon sculptor, and kite enthusiast from Honolulu, Hawaii. 

The history of magic and the entertainment industry in Hawaii goes back during the war years of the 40s ...Bill Murata, a veteran record producer based in Hawaii, started Tropical Music, Inc. in 1974, was a magician.

http://www.discogs.com/artist/2665988-Bill-Murata

Our local magicians would develop tricks of their own and publish these effects in magic journals:
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Waikiki Location
This location is the invention of Bill Murata, a resident of Waikiki, who marketed this card location anonymously as a manuscript. This would apparently have been through the name of The House of Magic under the title of 

“The Waikiki Card Location.” It was advertised in The Sphinx, Vol. 44 No. 5, July 1945, p. 126. The trick was reviewed in Walter Gibson's Conjurors' Magazine, Vol. 1 No. 8, Sep. 1945, p. 15.

by Curtis Kam » 09/06/12 08:42 PM

Speaking of unpublished Tenkai material, you may know that Tenkai was a "guest" of the US government during WWII, and he was interned in Hawaii. Local magicians Bill Murata and Jimmy Yoshida visited with him frequently, and Jimmy kept a notebook of the tricks Tenkai taught them.
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Tenkai lived for some time in Chicago. While a resident of Los Angeles, he was performing in Honolulu when Japan bombed pearl harbor during World War II. He was not permitted to leave Hawaii.
In the 1958, he moved back to Japan.
http://www.hawaiilibrary.net/article/whebn0003393276/tenkai%20palm
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