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.
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We are very pleased to announce the winners of the Mervyn Heard and Dick Balzer awards.
Mervyn Heard Award
The 2021 Mervyn Heard Award for research goes to Miguel Herrero Herrero for the translation into Spanish of the complete works of Étienne-Gaspard Robertson (2021) and for his monograph Nicromancia y Arquelogía de los Medios (2020).
Dick Balzer Award
The 2021 Dick Balzer Award goes to the 'House of Mysteries' event held in Ghent, Belgium, in April 2021. The event was a collaboration between researchers from the B-magic project, represented by Elisa Seghers, projectionist Ditmar Bollaert (son of the late Herman Bollaert) and artists Diederik Peeters, Luc Poppe and Nikolaas Martens.
Full details in The Magic Lantern, no. 29 December 2021.