The Australian Society of Magicians #1
89 Flinders Ln
Melbourne VIC 3000
The Australian Society of Magicians Incorporated (ASM), oldest Magical Society in the Southern Hemisphere, fourth oldest in the world, was founded in 1907 by Leslie George Cole (The Great Levante) so that magicians might meet to practice and promote the art of Magic.
Ten branches, known as Assemblies, have been formed around Australia since those early days. Melbourne is proud to be known as Assembly No.1.
In Melbourne the society numbers approximately 120, and comprises professional, part-time professional and amateur magicians.
Meetings, are held on the second Monday of each month with January excepted. Those seeking membership must demonstrate a keen interest in the art and perform either Stage or Close-up magic before the membership, or otherwise prove their genuine interest.
Members are informed of Local, National and International magical events through the monthly society newsletter, “Magic-Makers”.
The ASM library is one of the most comprehensive in the Southern Hemisphere, containing both historical and contemporary works, with some of the most treasured books, videos and DVDs.
An annual competition is conducted, where members compete for trophies and awards. Trophies are presented across three diffreent categories to ensure all members have the opportunity to compete.
The ASM has a vareity of awards, presented for services to the club. The highest award a member can receive is the “Order of the Golden Sphinx”. There are also two other levels of this award, “Order of the Silver Sphinx” and “Order of the Bronze Sphinx”. These three awards are made not only for magical ability but for exceptional service to the society.