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
The closing date for submissions for the Mervyn Heard and Dick Balzer awards is 17 November 2019.
Full details on our Awards page.
It’s taken several years of planning and background work, but finally we’re delighted to launch the new look of our website!
If you find broken links or suchlike gremlins, or just can’t find something, please tell us and we will do our best to put all to rights.