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On Friday the 6th December 1929, at 7.30pm at The Hall, West Mill, Buntingford,
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The Hall, West Mill
a packed house enjoyed a magical evening of entertainment.
The performers were Harry Kaye, Horace Dawes & Albert Holt.
After the show it was decided to meet again & form a magical society.
The first meeting took place on the 13/02/1930 at The Priests House, Broxbourne, Herts.
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The Priests House The Priests House Sign
A delightful old oak panelled house, famous for it's 'Priests Hole'.
The house was then the home of Horace Dawes.
Under the oak beams the following magicians were present- Harry Kaye, Horace Dawes, Charles Baker, Charles Pearson, Sydney Dawes & Charles Campkin. 
It was proposed originally that the society be called, 'The East Herts & North Middlesex Magical Society'- what a mouthful! However, Albert Holt who was not able to attend this meeting, had earlier proposed that they call themselves 'The Merlin Magical Society', which was unanimously adopted.
It was decided that its control should be in the hands of the following officers, President,
Vice President, Chairman, Vice Chairman, a committee of three & a Secretary.
The question of founder members has sometimes arisen & various names mentioned, which on the evidence of the records could not possibly qualify.
Strictly the term only applies to those present on the 13/02/1930.
Albert Holt was unable to be there, but as one of the instigators of the society he really deserves to be included.