There are two problems which affect historians. The first is the lack of
archives, and the second is the lack of time! It is a very time
consuming task to read through the minutes and newsletters and
correspondence looking for information which clarifies the questions
that exist in one's mind. It is however a most interesting and rewarding
Questions which we would like to answer are when (exactly) was the South
African Magical Society formed and what was its original relationship with
the London Magic Circle. Unfortunately these appear to be rather cloudy issues
due to the lack of archives. However having said that, we have managed to
establish that the South African Magical Society has been in existence since
1918. This is confirmed by a comment in the July 1954 newsletter which reads:
"…During the business side of the meeting it was recorded that, as
Durban is celebrating its 100th year of being, this Society ought to
be proud of the fact that it is older than any other Magical Society
in the Union. Started in 1918, it has enjoyed 36 years of constant
activity, even if, during the War Years, it had great difficulty in
dodging complete eclipse by bomb and rifle fire. …"
The earliest document which we have come across is a copy of The Magic Mirror.
This appears to have been a monthly publication but was not always published
on time! (it must also be remembered that these members did not have the
privilege of computers, making the task even more daunting.) To read this
publication click on the image below the page.
We wanted to keep the original feel of the document. The cover and index
have been scanned as images, while the rest of the document has been retyped
and converted to PDF. In order to keep the feel we have used a yellow aged
back ground together with fixed width type (which was used to type the original).
If you have any problems viewing the document please drop us a line and we
will attempt to remedy the problem.