The Magicians Code of Ethics

Reproduced from the International Brotherhood of Magicians website: go there >

On May 8, 1993, the IBM Board of Directors approved the following Code of Ethics jointly with the Society of American Magicians. This was the result of a cooperative effort to work together for the betterment of magic.

All members of the International Brotherhood of Magicians agree to:

1) Oppose the willful exposure to the public of any principles of the Art of Magic, or the methods employed in any magic effect or illusion.

2) Display ethical behavior in the presentation of magic to the public and in our conduct as magicians, including not interfering with or jeopardizing the performance of another magician either through personal intervention or the unauthorized use of another’s creation.

3) Recognize and respect for rights of the creators, inventors, authors, and owners of magic concepts, presentations, effects and literature, and their rights to have exclusive use of, or to grant permission for the use by others of such creations.

4) Discourage false or misleading statements in the advertising of effects, and literature, merchandise or actions pertaining to the magical arts.

5) Discourage advertisement in magic publications for any magical apparatus, effect, literature or other materials for which the advertiser does not have commercial rights.

6) Promote the humane treatment and care of livestock used in magical performances.


Guess this applies to all IBM and SAM members, and also to the Magic Circle (?). But what about magicians, per se? Those who do NOT (anymore) belong to any such society.

Is there something we can do to prevent their willfull (or even inadvertent) exposure of secrets of magic? Especially since they do NOT own these secrets… and are supposed to be the safeguarders of the same?

We can’t have the security guard who is entrusted with the job to safeguard the money in the treasury, make away with the same. Can we?