- The Australian Society of Magicians (ASM) is the fourth oldest Magic Society still in existence. When was it founded and where?
The ASM was founded in Sydney on January 15, 1907. It was born from a number of magicians who used to meet in a room on the premises of Sir Joynton Smith. The presence of a number of prominent magicians performing in Sydney at that time (Carter The Great, Carlton, Allen Shaw, Lorenzy, Charles Breton, and Svengalis) inspired them to form an official club. The key foundation members were Ernest Hosking, Dr Howard Irving, and Felix Booth.
- What was it's original name?
The Society of Australian Magicians. They changed the name later in 1907 when it was realized that the initials SAM may be confused with the Society of American Magicians.
- Name the three Magic Societies that are older?
The Society of American Magicians was formed on April 26, 1902 and made official on May 10, 1902. The British Magical Society was formed in 1905, and The Magic Circle was formed six months later.
- There were nine ASM Clubs formed, though only two still operate today. Name all nine and their formation dates.
ASM 1 – Melbourne, October 7, 1920
ASM 2 – Adelaide, (began April 23, 1920 as the Adelaide Society of Magicians, then became an ASM branch in early 1921
ASM 3 – Mt Gambier, July 1952
ASM 4 – Brisbane, April 1953
ASM 5 – Pt Pirie, January 1954
ASM 6 – Ballarat, April 1959
ASM 7 – Launceston, May 1962
ASM 8 – Hobart, November 1960
ASM 9 – Ararat, started in 1975 by Barry Govan and ended when he moved from Ararat in 1979
ASM 10 - Perth
The original Sydney ASM (January 15, 1907) evaporated in 1923 when an officer of the club embezzled all of it’s funds. It was reformed in 1927, but then “went into recess” shortly after that.
- 1n 1952, who was recognised as the ASM's 100th member?
Frank Harris, in Melbourne.
- When was The Magic Circle of Victoria formed?
October 10, 1938 at the Malvern home of Mr King. Joining him were Mr Day, Mr A Ewen (Secretary), Mr D W Glen (Pres), Mr K Sparkes, and Mr B Tomlinson (Treasurer).
- When and where was the first Australian Magic Convention held?
October 18, 1952 in Melbourne. Over one hundred magicians attended including Les Levante.
- What was the name of Tim Ellis' first magic teaching video?
Cunning Stunts. It was a limited edition of only 50 copies.
- Who was featured on the cover of the Genii Magazine 'Special Australian Issue'?
Ian Baxter and Barry Govan, the editors of ‘Blueprint Magazine’. Volume 52, No 9. March 1989. The issue featured contributions from Barry Govan, Ian Baxter, Tim Ellis, Ben Harris, Doug Tremlett, Graham Etherington, Andrew Gill, Ray Crowe and Bill Helyer.
- When did Dai Vernon visit Australia and why?
1980. He attended the 17th Australian Convention of Magicians as a special guest and gave an unforgettable midnight lecture.
- In what year did Percy Abbott start his magic manufacturing business in Colon, Michigan?
In 1933 he gave up performing and began the company that, within the next two decades, established itself as the largest mail order magic business in America.
- How many different Australian magic publications did J Albert Briggs edit?
After emigrating to Australia, he joined the Australian Society of Magicians, and assumed the editorship of The Magic Mirror from H. F. Cohen in Sept., 1921 with Vol. 5 # 8. There was apparently some dissension in the Society, so The Magic Mirror ceased publication with Vol. 5 # 11, dated Dec. 1921. In Jan. 1922 Briggs started The Conjurer as an independent publication which ran for 24 issues and stopped in June, 1924. Next was Magic in Australia, which for only four issues from Aug. 1924 to July, 1925. He then revived The Conjurer in September, 1925 which lasted five issues, and stopped in January, 1927. Briggs announced his intention of publishing Australian Magic News in February 8, 1927. Whether it ever materialised is unknown. In 1932 he published Stage Magic for five issues until he restarted The Conjurer in January, 1934. This time, he actually published it monthly for 24 issues, then announced it would become a quarterly. This ended in January, 1939.
- What was the name of the magic magazine published by Queensland magician Andini?
‘The Magazine With No Name’
- Name the three Australian Magicians who've won awards at FISM?
Maurice Rooklyn (First Prize ‘Manipulation’ 1958), Sam Angelico (First Prize ‘Comedy Magic’ 1985), Tim Ellis (Special Prize of The Jury 1991, Second Prize ‘Close Up Magic’ 1994).
- Name the winners of the following competitions at the 1980 Melbourne Magic Convention:
Best Stage Act, Ross Skiffington
Best Close Up Act, Loris Purcell
Favourite Trick, Ross Skiffington
Best Comedy Act, Ross Skiffington
Best Cabaret Act, Ross Skiffington
Best Teenage Magician, Tim Ellis
Champion Magician of Australia, Loris Purcell
- In 1980, who did Gerald Taylor sell his magic shop too?
Gerald Taylor sold Aladdin’s Magic Shop (Embank Arcade, Elizabeth St) Melbourne to Card Mondor. Card later sold it to Tasmanian John Williams who operated it as a mail-order business.
- Who performed an escape in the Yarra River to promote a Melbourne Magic Convention?
Mike Wilton escaped from a steel cage lowered into the Yarra. The cage belonged to Brian Thompson.
- Name the nine magicians who starred in 'The Ultimate Magic Show' at The Palais Theatre on Halloween, 1986.
Sam Agelico, Doug Tremlett, Terry Dansic, Tim Ellis, Ricki Ozimo, Duck Cameron, Harry Houdidn’t, Super Hubert, and Ray Crowe.
- What was the real name of Will Alma?
Oswald George William Bishop. He legally changed it to Will Alma in 1949.
- Who is the only Australian magician to be presented The Merlin Award for 'Illusionist of The Year' by The International Magic Society?
Tony Laffan in October, 2002.
- Match the following Australian magicians with their places of birth:
Barry Govan, Ballarat
Gerald Taylor, Brisbane
Jean Hugard, Toowomba
Peter Reveen, Adelaide
Percy Abbott, Sydney
Charles Waller, Benalla
Graham Etherington, Ealing (UK)
Ben Harris, Sydney
Allan Carmichael, Sydney
Gerry McCreanor, Adelaide