History of the BAM

The Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians (BAM) was formed in 1945. It has a focus on membership from professional and semi-professional working magicians.

Our objectives as outlined in our constitution are to promote goodwill, mutual respect and cooperation amongst active performing magicians; to instil respect and loyalty for the personal inventions, specialties and routines of fellow magicians and to enhance professionalism in all areas of the business of magic.

The BAM are the custodians of the prestigious Grand Master of Magic Award®, the highest honour for a New Zealand magician.


There are two branches of membership in the BAM :

Outer Circle : A person of good character eighteen years of age or older with a proven interest in performing magic who has performed an initiation act of 10-12 minutes and been accepted into the club. Upon successful entry into the Outer Circle the new member is initiated at the next meeting by taking the Oath of Allegiance on the Presidential wand.

Inner Circle : The Inner Circle consists of magicians twenty years of age and over called from the Outer Circle. These are experienced magicians who have proven themselves at club meetings and public shows to be of a high standard of performance; demonstrable by such things as individual style, speciality acts, originality and showmanship. Following a nomination of at least two current Inner Circle members a member of the Outer Circle will be invited to join the Inner Circle provided they can perform a 15 minute act of the required standard. A ballot is then taken of financial Inner Circle members for admittance to the Inner Circle. A vote with no more than two objections to be obtained.

Life Members : Life Membership to the BAM is bestowed upon rare occasions to members who have given long and meritorious service to the club. Current Life Members of the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians are Jon Zealando GMM, Stan Goudge JP, Graham Bennett, Tony Wilson GMM, Wayne Rogers GMM and Alan Watson QSM GMM.

Patron : The Patron of the BAM is David Hartnell MNZM.

BAM Past Presidents

Year Name Year Name
1945-1946 J.A. Mitchell 1946-1947 B.F. Hunter
1948-1949 F.J. Knipe 1949-1950 J.L. Fenton
1950-1951 J.C. Robbins 1951-1952 H.I. Ray
1952-1953 J.W. Kelly 1953-1954 E.W. Douthett
1954-1955 J.W. Phare 1955-1956 J.L. Fenton
1956-1957 J. Read 1957-1958 J.W. Kelly
1958-1959 E.W. Douthett 1959-1960 H. Robbie
1960-1961 A. Loftus 1961-1962 J.L. Fenton
1962-1963 J.W. Kelly 1963-1964 E.W. Douthett
1964-1965 H.R. Moore 1965-1966 J.W. Kelly
1966-1967 J.W. Kelly 1967-1968 T. Hodson
1968-1969 T. Hodson 1969-1970 F.J. Jansen
1970-1971 G. Bates 1971-1972 T. Wilson
1972-1973 G.H. Davis 1973-1974 W. Rogers
1974-1975 T. Hodson 1975-1976 P. Evans
1976-1977 P. Evans 1977-1978 R.S. Mogridge
1978-1979 S. Goudge 1979-1980 S. Goudge
1980-1981 T. Wilson 1981-1982 J. Zealando
1982-1983 G. Bennett 1983-1984 W. Rogers
1984-1985 W. Rogers 1985-1986 S. Goudge
1986-1987 J. Mee 1987-1988 R. Webster
1988-1989 W. Rogers 1989-1990 K. Kardo
1990-1991 K. Kardo 1991-1992 G. Bennett
1992-1993 J. Zealando 1993-1994 W. Rogers
1994-1995 W. Rogers 1995-1996 W. Rogers
1996-1997 J. Zealando 1997-1998 S. Goudge
1998-1999 S. Goudge 1999-2000 S. Goudge
2000-2001 S. Goudge 2001-2002 S. Goudge
2002-2003 M. Beatty 2003-2004 M. Beatty
2004-2005 M. Beatty 2005-2006 J. Zealando
2006-2007 J. Zealando 2007-2008 J. Zealando
2008-2009 J. Zealando 2009-2010 P. Henshall
2010-2011 P. Henshall 2011-2012 P. Henshall
2012-2013 A. Watson 2013-2014 A. Watson
2014-2015 A. Watson 2015-2016 A. Watson
2016-2017 A. Watson 2017-2018 A. Watson