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Magic Mirror

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Magic Mirror
Vol 2, No. 6
EditorsCarl Orton Williams
First issueJanuary 1909
Final issueDecember 1921

The Magic Mirror is the official magic periodical of the Australian Society of Magicians.

It started on January 15, 1909 as an eight page printed magazine edited by Carl Orton Williams. It was the first magic magazine in the Southern hemisphere.

J. Albert Briggs assumed editorship from H. F. Cohen in September 1921 (Vol 5, No. 8).

There was some dissension in the Society, so the Mirror ceased with Vol. 5, No. 8 (Dec. 1921) and Briggs started an independent Australian magazine The Conjurer in 1922.


  • David Devant issued a newspaper "The Magic Mirror" in 1912. The four-page folded sheet, carried his portrait on the front, while the rest of the pages described and illustrated some of his publications. There was a different version published in 1914. [1]
  • Chris Charlton published his own newspaper "The Magic Mirror". Also a four-page folded sheet format. There are at least two different styles, the first in 1934 and another in 1940.
  • Cecil Lyle also published January 1936 his version of "The Magic Mirror" proclaiming the "News Journal of the Magical Milliner."


  1. 48. READ ALL ABOUT IT! – THE MAGICAL NEWSPAPER, A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities by Edwin A. Dawes Genii 2003 December