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Whit Haydn
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I am looking for a copy of the broken wand ceremony. Anyone can help?
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I know our historian of our assembly Mr. Tom Ewing, has the entire thing as he conducts many of them in our area. I will see if I can find his e-mail address in the event that someone else does not chime in before then. I know he would have it and would be able to direct you to get and obtain a copy of it.

I also think it must be on the national website in the member section. I do recall seeing it there. Hope this helps.

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Hi Whit,

It has been my honor to have performed the ceremony for the Dean of SAM3, Frank Hall. Below is the official, recently edited version (less archaic language to trip over), which is of a size that can be easily printed onto a jumbo-size playing card and laminated for future remembrance. The wand should of course be an inexpensive dowel, painted black in the center and white at the tips, and pre-cut halfway through its center to allow for an easy in-the-hands snap at the appropriate moment.

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Neil

THE BROKEN WAND CEREMONY

It is with deep humility and genuine pride that I assume a role in this service. I come as a representative of the Society of American Magicians, and as a humble spokesperson of its members, friends of [NAME ].

One we talked with yesterday is silent today. A friend who we walked with has gone on without us. We shall miss and remember (him/her). And no greater tribute can be paid to anyone than this; that (he/she) lives on in the hearts and esteem of friends.

Compeer [NAME ], when you were initiated into the Society of American Magicians, you were presented with a wand, this ancient emblem of mystery. It symbolized the magic power that was yours as you used your knowledge of magic secrets and your skill in their exemplification. Now it’s power is gone... It is a mere stick... Devoid of all meaning and authority... Useless without your hand to wield it.

[Break Wand]

Fellow compeers, may the broken wand symbolize our submission to the mandate of the Supreme Magician to whom all secrets are known, even of life and death. Into the surety of his love we commit the keeping of our brother/sister.
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Whit Haydn
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Thanks, Neil.
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Whit,

John Booth in one of the books lists, and gives texts, to several.

Not sure which one.
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If you go to magicsam.com, Broken Wand Ceremony is there, read left column. Sorry for delay, just came on board.
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Thanks, everyone.

The broken wand service was held for Billy McComb May 21, 2006. It was read by Billy's long time friend and SAM member, Terry Seabrooke.

Video of the service is available at http://www.magiccastle.com
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