Rules & Constitution

A. Objects of the Association

  1. To provide a conjuring club for people interested in magic
  2. To promote and advance the art of magic by organising and associating together interested individual people.
  3. To encourage and assist every effort, both individual and collective, which may tend to foster, elevate and advance magic in the field of amusement, entertainment and culture.
  4. To discourage the disclosure of magical secrets to the public.
  5. To arrange lectures, exhibitions and entertainments as any be considered desirable for the purpose of facilitating the exchange of ideas between magicians.
  6. To maintain a library of works relating to the art of magic.

B. Membership

  1. The Association shall consist of persons aged 14 years or over
  2. There shall be three classifications of membership:
    1. Full Membership. An applicant for full membership must either
      1. be a current full member of another recognised UK magical Society or
      2. give a competent performance consisting of at least three effects before those present at an ordinary meeting of the Association or
      3. be recommended by the Committee.
      A Proposer and Seconder shall be required for full membership. An application for full membership must be approved by the Committee before acceptance.
    2. Associate Membership. Anyone interested in the art of magic may apply for Associate Membership. He or she must be proposed and seconded by full members and the application must be approved by the Committee. Associate members are expected to try to gain full membership through accordance with 1(b) above within a period of six months. Failure to attain full membership shall not debar associate members from further applications but a period of at least two months shall elapse between one application and the next.
    3. Supporter Membership. Anyone interested in watching rather than performing magic and is prepared to support the Association is welcome to apply to join. A proposer and seconder who are full members are required and the application must be approved by the Committee.

C. Committee

The management of the Association shall be vested in a Committee to be established in accordance with the following rules:

  1. The Committee shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and up to four members.
  2. All offices of the Committee shall be filled as the result of election by ballot at each Annual General Meeting.
  3. Nominations for the offices of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer must be proposed and seconded no later than one month before the Annual General Meeting.
  4. Nominations for the four remaining offices must be proposed and seconded no later than one week before the Annual General Meeting.
  5. The Committee shall have the power to co-opt members to the Committee.
  6. Four members of the Committee shall form a quorum.
  7. The Committee shall meet a minimum of four occasions during the period of its office.
  8. Committee decisions shall be made by a show of hands or by a ballot.
  9. Any event or circumstance which is not covered by these rules shall be appropriately dealt with by a meeting of the full Committee who shall, if necessary, convene an EGM of the Association.

D. Annual General Meeting

  1. An Annual general Meeting shall be held during the month of May.
  2. Twenty five per cent of fully paid up members of the Association shall constitute a quorum.
  3. Notice of the AGM shall be included in a newsletter or sent separately to members not later than two months before the AGM.
  4. Nominations for the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer must be proposed and seconded no later than one month before the Annual General Meeting.
  5. In the event of their being no nominations made in accordance with the rules, it should be in order for nominations to be taken at the AGM.
  6. Any motions for discussion at the AGM which concern the Constitution shall be put in writing to the Secretary no later than 1 month before the AGM.

E. Extraordinary General Meeting

  1. An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Association may be called by
    1. a decision of the Committee or
    2. the request of not less than ten fully paid up members.
  2. The meeting shall take place within 30 days of the Committee's decision or the members request.
  3. Fifty per cent of fully paid up members shall form a quorum.
  4. Notices convening an EGM shall be sent to every member at least seven days prior to the date of the meeting stating the matter to be discussed. No other business shall be raised at the EGM.

F. Subscription and Entrance Fee

  1. Subscriptions shall become due annually on the 1st of April and shall be payable within three months. Any member failing to pay within three months shall be deemed a lapsed member. If the Committee deem it necessary a reminder will be sent.
  2. Any member joining after that date shall pay a proportionate amount.
  3. All new Full and associate members on joining shall pay a joining fee.
  4. The annual subscription rate, proportionate subscription rates and the joining fee shall be decided at each AGM.
  5. All subscriptions in arrears shall be referred to the Committee.

Current subscriptions - Year 2015 to 2016 (April to March)

Joining Fee £6
Full time student £14 per annum
Adult £28 per annum
Resident abroad £14 per annum (same as student)

When joining part way throught the year:
Payment is joining fee plus full subscription
or joining fee plus £2.50 for each remaining month in the financial year,
whichever is the least.