Magician Alliance of Eastern States (MAES) can trace its origin back to the year 1938, being an outgrowth of the Keystone State Federation of IBM Rings, which held conventions during the 1930s, the last one being held in 1938 at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. A prime requisite is naturally a definite interest in magic, and also that anyone applying for membership either now belongs to a magic club or organization, or has belonged to one in the past.
MAES has had in the vicinity of twelve hundred or more members; many of these are inactive and a number have died - but there are a number of regulars and semi-regulars who make it a very compact organization, and it is considered one of the best of the smaller organizations, well known along the Eastern seaboard.
The Convention has been held in at least 15 cities; all a city needs is a sponsoring club willing to take over the responsibilities of holding the convention. A few times in recent years the Executive Committee has taken over the sponsoring due to lack of sponsoring bids. The Convention meets once a year in September.