British Magical Society

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British Magical Society was started in 1905 by F.E. Walker in his home in Birmingham, England.

David Devant was the first President and held the Office for three years. J.N. Maskelyne designed the Society Badge and Emblem and gave considerable help in forming the rules.

For fifty years "Freddie" Walker held the position of Secretary. Ernest Noakes, the second President, became a prominent member of the Magic Circle which was formed a month after the inauguration of The British Magical Society. There has been a strong bond between the two Societies, with many members common to both. The late Goodliffe, three times President, created and edited the World's only International weekly magic magazine Abracadabra for over 35 years.

On the occasion of the Society's Golden and Diamond Jubilees, four-day Conventions were held in Birmingham which attracted hundreds of magicians from all over.

B.M.S has a Library of nearly 2000 books on Magic and the Allied Arts which are available on loan to members. The B.M.S. News, published bimonthly, is devoted to recording reports on shows, lecturers, coming events and other subjects of lively interest.

Paul Daniels, Ken Dodd and Wayne Dobson accepted the position of Honorary Vice-Presidents as well as David Berglas, a Past President of the Magic Circle.

Since its inception, the Society (for 85 years) had only admitted male members, but in 1990 the rules were changed to open its doors to ladies.


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