Formed in 1977 the Magic Lantern Society today enjoys a world-wide membership whose interests cover all forms of visual media and optical diversions right up into the 21st century and these interests are reflected in the Society's activities.
Our members are collectors, enthusiasts, students of film, visual media and popular culture, magicians, artists, performers, scientists and archival organisations from over 30 different countries.
The only way to really appreciate the magic is to join the show at our quarterly meetings and world class international conventions.
Purchase copies of our latest publications, browse our digitised journal issues and explore our full back catalogue.
An introduction to the world of the lantern from its origins to today with illustrations of lanterns, slides and accessories.
Interested in putting on a lantern show but lack the equipment or expertise?
Browse our list of member lanternists to find a lanternist in your area
"As early as 1780 a copper engraving by Schellenberg depicted children performing with a magic lantern, using it with aplomb, enthusiasm and skill to excite their audience with the image of a beguiling, hairy, hoofed beast on the screen."
Extract from The magic lantern and the child by Mike Simkin in Realms of light, currently available for sale.