Broken wand ceremony
A broken wand ceremony is a ritual performed at the funeral of a magician, in which a wand — either the wand which the magician used in performances, or a ceremonial one—is broken, indicating that with the magician's death, the wand has lost its magic.
- Magic Auction from Cincinnati Magazine, January 1980, page 17
- COPING; Yet Another Black Wand Has Lost Its Powers, by Anemona Hartocollis, at The New York Times, published January 22, 2005.
- S.A.M. News: Houdini Remembered, at the Society of American Magicians (via archive.org); published 2006; retrieved July 5, 2014; "As done each year the Parent Assembly #1 performs a broken wand ceremony for Harry Houdini on the anniversary of his death based on the Jewish Calendar."