In the beginning
Since 1905 when 23 amateur and professional magicians got together at Pinoli’s Restaurant in London’s Soho district and decided to form a society, The Magic Circle has been at the forefront of the magic community in the UK and worldwide.
Magic was a massive part of theatrical entertainment back then and that very first meeting was chaired by Servais Le Roy, a star illusionist and its first president was David Devant, regarded by many as the greatest of all magicians.
The first official meeting was held at the Green Man pub in Soho, London but later the society met at St George’s Hall, where Devant and his partner John Nevil Maskelyne regularly performed to large audiences.
Incidentally Maskelyne was an inventor of many things including the first pay lavatory. His door lock required the insertion of a penny to open the door – hence the expression “to spend a penny”.