The Birth of MAWNY

Welcome to the official website for MAWNY

On January 21, 1947, a magical surprise birthday party was held in Batavia for Bill Russell.  Fifty-two magicians from this area attended the celebration despite severe weather conditions.  It was at this party that Gene Gordon suggested a reorganization of a Western New York Magician’s Alliance.

The Batavia Magic Club, which was organized July 18, 1935, took the reins and mailed out a flyer which scheduled the first jamboree of the new Western New York Magician’s Alliance on April 20, 1947.  It was announced that at this jamboree, a vote would be taken to name our newly organized alliance.  Gene Gordon suggested it be called the Magician’s Alliance of Western New York (MAWNY) and the attendees all welcomed the new name.

It has been held every year ever since by George Hawley, then Dick and Nancy Bentley from 1976-2012 then the reins were handed off to Mike Dedee and Keith Randolph.

Are you interested in performing at MAWNY, being a dealer at MAWNY or getting involved some other way?


Please contact:
Keith Randolph - co-chair at magicbykeith@gmail.com
Mike Dedee - co-chair at madedee@rochester.rr.com
Bill Gormont - dealer chair at bill@empiremagic.com