Bradley M. Jacobs
June 28, 1931
Brad Jacobs is a Past National President of the Society of American Magicians and convention organizer.
Jacobs attended Harvard University, where he earned the Degree of B.A. in English, supporting himself by working magic shows He averaged six shows a month and booked Saturday Kid Matinees into many of the theaters in the Boston area. He also landed several individual TV appearances. Jacobs joined SAM Assembly #9 in Boston in 1952.
In 1953 he served in the army and after getting out moved to Summit, New Jersey and went to work for Proctor & Gamble.
In 1957, Jacobs transferred his S.A.M. Membership to the Parent Assembly and by 1959 was stage manager for the Annual Public Show and in 1961 became the youngest president of Parent Assembly since the Houdini. He also produced the Salute to Magic show for the Parent Assembly.
Then, in 1964, he chaired the Entertainment Committee of the joint S.A.M./l.B.M. World's Fair Magic Congress while working in the Advertising and Sales Promotion Department of the West Virginia Pulp & Paper Co. His job involved traveling with opportunities to meet magicians in many cities.
He served as National Deputy and two terms as Regional Vice President and became S.A.M. National President for 1970-71.
He organized the S.A.M. National Conventions in Philadelphia in 1968, 1972 and 1976 and became the Executive Director of the S.A.M. National Conventions from 1985 - 2002.
Earlier, in 1996, Jacobs was awarded from the Magic Circle the degree of Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star.
He was elected into the S.A.M. Hall of Fame and in 2003 was appointed as the S.A.M. Ambassador of Magic for his lifetime.
The "Brad Jacobs's People's Choice Awards" are now given out at the annual SAM conventions.
1. Magician of the Month, M-U-M, MAY, 1964
2. SAM Hall of Fame, MUM, May 2004