Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the
Enchanted Realm
In spite of its name, the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of
the Enchanted Realm is not an occult or mystical organization,
but entirely a fellowship association for Master Masons. The
order was created in 1889 by LeRoy Fairchild and members of
a Masonic lodge in Hamilton, New York. It grew out of an expressed
desire of lodge members for diversions from the mundane
concerns. Meeting for the first time in September of 1889,
the order was originally known as the Fairchild Deviltry Committee.
The idea proved a popular one, and the next year,
members of the growing organization formally instituted the
Supreme Council of the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the
Enchanted Realm. From the beginning, membership was limited
to Master Masons in good standing.
In spite of its major membership requirement, the order is
not formally connected to any particular Masonic organization
and does not engage in Masonic rituals. It does encourage the
members’ participation in their lodge, but the rituals and activities
of the order are strictly for fun. The unique ritual of the
order is an elaborately staged production that amid its humor
offers lessons in optimism, brotherhood, and the benefits of fellowship.

Order chapters are known as grottoes, a number of which
are found across North America. New members receive a fez,
a distinctive pin, and a membership card, which will admit a
member to any grotto in North America. Members of the order
can be recognized by their wearing of the pin in their everyday
life. The order’s supreme council may be contacted at 1696
Brice Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068. Its Internet page is found
at httpmembers.tripod.com%7EbelagrottoGrottoH.htm.
SourcesMystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted
Realm. httpmembers.tripod.com%7Ebelagrotto
GrottoH.htm. February 20, 2000