In 1966, The International Brotherhood of Magicians created a special award to recognize our longest term members who have given twenty-five or more uninterrupted years of service to the organization. Now, more than forty years later that elite group, the Order of Merlin, has grown to more than three thousand members - which is about one fourth of the I.B.M.'s total membership. Additionally, over those years we have added tiers of awards to honor those who have served the I.B.M. for thirty-five, for fifty, and for sixty years, of continuous service. Here you will find a list of awardees, consisting of those who are newly inducted into the Order, and those whom we now recognize as Order of Merlin - Shield (35 years), Order of Merlin - Excalibur (50 years), and Order of Merlin - Excelsior (60 years of uninterrupted I.B.M. membership). We, the members of the I.B.M. offer this esteemed group our profound thanks for their many years of service in developing the world's largest and the first truly international organization of magicians.