On a summer's day in 1905, twenty three amateur and professional magicians gathered together at London's Pinoli's Restaurant with the intention of forming a magic club. The result was the founding of The Magic Circle.
The first official meeting was held at The Green Man public house in Soho, but later meetings were held in a room above the stage of St. George's Hall in Langham Place, where Maskelyne and Devant presented their mysteries to a delighted public for so many years. David Devant, the greatest magician of his era, became the first President of The Magic Circle, and the Society grew rapidly and prospered.
The Magic Circle museum is a treasure trove of items from the golden age of music halls. It is open to the public for special research and features in the tour of our HQ. Our collection is not confined to the main museum but enriches the entire building with showcases throughout all the rooms and corridors. Some of the most precious items are held in "the inner sanctum" which can only be accessed by specific request by members.
The Magic Circle Museum
The first President of The Magic Circle, often acknowledged as the greatest British magician of this century.
This poster illustrates his catchphrase - "all done by kindness".