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Saram Ellison

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Saram Ellison

From The Sphinx, April 1918
BornSaram Richard Ellison
January 17, 1852
St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
DiedMarch 26, 1918 (age 66)
New York City
Resting placeKensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York

Dr Saram R. Ellison (1852 - 1918) was co-founded with W. Golden Mortimer and Francis Martinka of the Society of American Magicians in 1902 and was member No. 1.


He graduated as a physician and surgeon March 1873.

He was an amateur magic collector with over 1500 volumes of books, among them many foreign works dating back to the sixteenth century. He owned at the time one of the largest collections of Magic Wands in the world. He donated his books to the New York City Public library.[1][2].[3]


  1. The Magic World, Vol. 2, No. 2, May 1918, Obituary, Dr. Saram R. Ellison, page 15
  2. The Sphinx, Vol. 17, No. 2, April 1918, Obituary, Saram R. Ellison, M.D., CM., Thirty-Third Degree, page 30
  3. Photo of his collection in Mahatma, Vol. V, No. 8, February 1902, page 77.