On the 1st July 1905 at Pinoli's famous restaurant in
London, some twenty-three amateur and professional magicians assembled with the intention
of forming a club. Thus The Magic Circle was born.
The inaugural meeting was held in a room above the Green Man Public
House in Berwick Street in the heart of Soho. Later the Society met at St. George's Hall
which then housed the famous Home of Mysteries run by Maskelyne and Devant. In fact, David
Devant became the first President and, from thence forward, The Magic Circle prospered.
In 1906, Nevil Maskelyne edited the first issue of the Society's
Magic Circular'. That first issue bore on its cover the signs of the zodiac which
became the Society's emblem coupled with the Society's motto, 'Indocilis Privata Loqui',
which roughly translated means not apt to disclose secrets'. The Magic Circular, which is
published twelve times a year, now links the Society's membership worldwide.
The Magic Circle