Washington Symposium on Magic History

Event Calendar

So that you can plan your trip, here is the agenda. Please note that the speakers roster and the schedule are subject to change

Thursday April 25

 9:30am – 12:00:  Dealers Set-up / Registration 

11:00 ish   "Stump the Chumps"- Bring an unsual item or a photo of an unusual item, or even of an obscure person with a magic connection...you can even have an image of it on your ipad or other device. If our panel of celebrity collector/magician/chumps is stumped by it, then you will win a prize!!!


              1:00-5:30:  Dealers Room Opens / Registration


                7:15        Wine and Cheese reception

                8:00        David Saltman- “My friend Jerry Andrus

                                       And a sneak peek at his soon to be published novel about Harry Houdini, The Escape Artist

                8:30:       Eric Henning -“ What Charles Bertram can teach today’s performers”-

               9:00         Our honorees- Nick Ruggiero and Carl Williams


                9:45        Bruce MacNab- Harry Houdini and friends


               10:30:  Dealers Room re-opens following evening program


Friday, April 26


               8:00:   Attendees will be transported via bus in staggered groups to the Library of Congress for a special exhibit.

              12:30-1:30:  Box Lunches distributed back at the hotel

              2:00:Dean Arnold & Stephen Fenton-“Treasures of the John Salisse Collection    

              2:30     Diego Domingo - “Gene Dennis; The Voice of the Radio Prophet at last!”


            2:45:  Darwin Ortiz- “NYC.  c. 1973

            3:15   Mary Oey "Caring for antiquarian books, posters, photos and other works on paper"

           4:30- 6:00:   Dealers Room Open


           8:00:  John McLaughlin-“Three Corner Shot; Magic Espionage and Education

           8:30:  Bill Kalush ”Houdini; just when you thought you knew it all” 

          9:00   Dale Salwak- Pulling back the curtain; an American Magician visits North Korea

          9:45   Dealers Room Open after evening program

Saturday, April 27


      8:30 -9:30 Breakfast served in the foyer

       9:30-10:30   Auction Preview

     10:30 - 1:00    Auction


        2:30    Shreeyash Palshikar-  “A taste of India”

         3:00:   James Hamilton- “Up in smoke-Alexander Herrmann”

         3:30      Will Given- “A look into the Davenport Brothers’ Cabinet”   

        4:00-5:30:   Dealers Room Open

        8:00:   Dessert Reception


                9:00 – 10:00:   Evening Show:

      Bob Sheets

      Shreeyash Palshikar

      Darwin Ortiz

      Eric Henning

  10:30-Midnight  Dealers Room Final Session