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George Johnson

(Plymouth, England: 1877 - 30th July 1962)

Publicist in London. Amateur magician, publisher 1910-45, and collector. Published-edited The Magic Wand 1914-45.

Wrote the scarce Conjurers' Tales (1910, 80pp) with 7 short stories of magic portrayed as fact, The History of "The Magic Wand" (1923, 16pp), and C-O-N-J-U-R-I-N-G (1949). As "H.G. Sparks" wrote Pack a Deck (n.d.). A carbon copy of his unpublished 106-page typescript autobio to c1940, "A Wizard's Wallet", in the Findlay Collection was sold in 1979 to Till book dealers in London. Tricks and articles in Magic and Conjuriana.

Coauthors: George Munro, George Armstrong

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George Munro & George Johnson & George Armstrong

The Magic Wand (1910 - 1957) by George Munro & George Johnson & George ArmstrongMartin Breese purchased the copyright to the Magic Wand many years ago. He intended to issue material from the magazine in book form and was little to know, at the time, of the advent of digital publishing and ebooks.

The Magic Wand was first published in September 1910 and continued for 256 issues until December of 1957. It began as a monthly magazine and after a decade it was published quarterly. It was edited by George Munro who was succeeded by George Armstrong. It is rare and very hard to find a complete run. The most valuable issues are those containing the serial publication of The Annals of Conjuring. ...

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The Magic Wand Volume 25 (1936) by George JohnsonNumbers 169-172

248 pages

  1. Vol. 25, Number 169 March-May, 1936 [56 numbered & 8 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • The Social Side of Magic
    • Racketeering In Magic
    • Magical Book Production
    • A Story
  3. A Production Tube - Tom Sellers
  4. Here? There? Or Where?
  5. Magical Television - Capt. J. E. Stone
  6. Make a Model First - article by Verrall Wass
  7. Jottings from an Old Note-Book - C. Ducarel
    • Endor's Chameleon Paper
    • Mysterious Balls of Fire
    • Novel Indian Fakir's Trick
    • Watch and Milk Trick
    • Eggs From a Borrowed Hat
    • Egg and Tumbler
    • Backward Flight of Silver
    • A Novel Vanish...
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George Johnson

The Magic Wand Volume 13 (1924) by George JohnsonNumbers 121-123

290 pages

  1. Vol. 13, Number 121 February, 1924 [56 numbered & 10 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • Undue Pessimism
    • The All-Round Show
    • The Loan of Books
    • A Peep Behind the Scenes
    • Tricks by Wireless
  3. The Evolution of the Ace of Spades - Prof. Day
  4. Obituary
    • Charles Oswald Williams
  5. The Drum Head Tube - Oswald Williams
  6. The "Sharpe" Scissors Problems - Louis F. Christianer
  7. A Triple Transposition - George Joyce
  8. Loading a Card in an Envelope - J. A. Esler
  9. What is Wrong with the Magicians? - article by Rupert Holmes Slater
  10. The Bacchanalian Tankard - A Mystery...
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George Johnson

A Few Jardine Ellis' Secrets by George JohnsonFrom the Foreword:
The late Jardine Ellis was a master of what is known to Conjurers as "close quarter work." The majority of his effects were designed to puzzle the single onlooker, and in this particular class of Magical deception he was a past master.
  • Foreword
  • Thimble And Wine Glass
  • A Juggling Feat
  • The Rod And Ring
  • A Humorous Card Item
  • The Jardine Ellis Slate Mystery
  • An Experiment In Telepathy
  • Card Divination
  • The Holder Of The Egg
  • The Measured, Cut, And Restored String
  • Coin Levitation
  • The Magnetised Knife
  • The Floating Wand

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George Johnson

The Magic Wand Volume 24 (1935) by George JohnsonNumbers 165-168

252 pages

  1. Vol. 24, Number 165 March-May, 1935 [48 numbered & 8 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • Specialty Acts
    • Newspaper Diversion
    • Television
    • Conjuring Publications
  3. Another Flower Growing Idea - Arnold De Brett
  4. Three Silks - Stanley Norton
  5. Dove Pan Ideas - Bernard Carton
  6. The Evolution of the Ghost Tube - S. H. Sharpe
  7. A Nutty Notion - Wilfred Huggins
  8. Scrybic - an Illusion - S. H. Sharpe
  9. The Dissolving Sugar - Victor Farelli
  10. Chit Chat - article by Frederic Culpitt
  11. Style - quotes
  12. Jack in (and out of) a Box - Charles Waller
  13. Word Wizardry - Tom Sellers
  14. New...
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George Johnson

The Magic Wand Volume 14 (1925) by George JohnsonNumbers 125-128

294 pages

  1. Vol. 14, Number 125 March-May, 1925 [56 numbered & 12 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • Conjurers v. Spiritualists
    • The Latest Stunt
    • Curious Queries
    • The Magnetic Eye
    • On Contact with the Law
  3. The Vanishing Pencil - An Apparent Impromptu - Wilfrid G. Jonson
  4. China Tea - An Illusion Presented by Chung Ling Soo
  5. The Mysterious Cases - Baffles Brush
  6. Know Thy Card - Leslie R. King
  7. A "Three Card Trick" for Children - Victor J. Peacock
  8. My Apparatus Cupboard - article by Frank Staff
  9. The Coin Through the Hand - Wilfrid G. Jonson
  10. The Note in the Egg - Stuart Luciene ...
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The Magic Wand Volume 6 (Sep 1915 - Aug 1916) by George JohnsonNumbers 61-72

200 pages

  1. Vol. 6, No. 1, September, 1915 [20 pages]
  2. Miss Marguerite De Lara - biography
  3. Our Monthly Chat - little bits of news
  4. How to Make an Expanding Die
  5. Order of the Magi - club news
  6. Northern Magical Society - club news
  7. Reviews
    • The Magician - August 1915 magazine
    • The Sphinx - July 1915 magazine
    • Magical Bulletin - magazine
    • The Magic Circular - September 1915 magazine
    • The Mahatma Circular - August 1915 magazine
    • The Magi - September 1915 magazine
  8. New Pillory Release - Stanley Norton - effect
  9. The Mahatma Circle of Magicians - club news
  10. Notes on the...
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The Magic Wand Volume 15 (1926) by George JohnsonNumbers 129-132

288 pages

  1. Vol. 15, Number 129 March-May, 1926 [52 numbered & 12 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • Cruelty to Conjurers
    • The New Conjurers
    • The Birds of Paradise
    • A Trick on the Floor
    • An Everyday Book
    • Mainly Advertisement
  3. The Spot Light - A Card Mystery - Stuart Luciene
  4. Easy Magic - article by Wilfrid Jonson
  5. The Modern View - poem by Wilfrid Jonson
  6. A Different Flower Growth - H. Latour
  7. Conjuring and Comedy - article by G. S. Brownlow
  8. A Manufactured Diamond - contributed
  9. A Sharper's Coin Trick - G. W. Hunter
  10. An All Round Useful Appliance - Norman Hunter
  11. Magical...
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The Magic Wand Volume 34 (1945) by George JohnsonNumbers 205-208

184 pages

  1. Vol. 34, Number 205 March-May, 1945 [38 numbered & 6 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • The Book Famine
    • A Tale of Woe
    • Visible Magic
  3. H. G. Sparks - obituary (due to enemy action)
  4. Up, Lift - J. F. Orrin
  5. The Pairing Knots - Milbourne Christopher
  6. Cataleptic Calico - Leslie R. King
  7. A Drum Tube Effect - Leslie Brown
  8. The Exposer - Dr. H. J. Tattersall
  9. Deduction - Stanley Davis
  10. A Magic Wand Competition
  11. Nap Stack - Stanley Davis
  12. The Roundabout - article by Claude Chandler
  13. The Super Ultra Sympathetic Packs - Len J. Sewell
  14. One Teaspoonful in Water Four Times a...
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The Magic Wand Volume 5 (Sep 1914 - Aug 1915) by George JohnsonNumbers 49-60

240 pages

  1. Cover, Vol. 5, No. 1, September, 1914 [20 pages incl. covers]
  2. Nataprote - Paul Freeman escape illusion review
  3. Our Monthly Chat - little bits of news
  4. A Crystal Mystery - Stanley Norton - effect
  5. The Christmas Box of Tricks - effect of WWI on magic
  6. A European Question - Percy Naldrett - introducing WWI into magic
  7. Handkerchief and Candle - Horace Rose - effect
  8. Order of the Magi - club news
  9. Rose, Silk and Ivory - effect
  10. The Patriotic Streamers - Stanley Norton - effect
  11. Maskelyne & Devant's Mysteries - reviews
  12. Pocket Card Divination - Kardin - effect
  13. Our Letter Box - letters to the editor
  14. Reviews ...
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George Johnson

The Magic Wand Volume 10 (1921) by George JohnsonThe Magic Wand and Magical Review, Volume 10, Numbers 109-112, George Johnson, editor
Quarterly format

258 pages

  1. Vol. 10, Number 109 March-May, 1921 [48 numbered & 10 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • The Magical Newspaper
    • Conjuring for Conjurers
    • The Hobby of the Cultivated
    • Command Performances
    • Mail Order Publications
    • Money for Nothing
  3. Novel Discovery of a Chosen Card - J. T. Coles
  4. Producing the Magical Act - David Devant
  5. Cigarette Transposition - A. J. Esler
  6. The True-Lovers' Knot - George Johnson
  7. New Coin and Ball Stands - apparatus by Harry H. Thomson
  8. The Pessimist - article...
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The Magic Wand Volume 26 (1937) by George JohnsonNumbers 173-176

244 pages

  1. Vol. 26, Number 173 March-May, 1937 [56 numbered & 12 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • All The Jokes
    • On the Side of Sanity
    • A Little While Ago
    • Conjuring Books for Boys
    • Obituary
      • Will Blyth
    • Miscellaneous Magic - Tom Sellers
      • Cards on Ribbon
      • Cut and Restored Ribbon Box
      • Ring Through the Finger
      • The Novelty Prediction
    • Chit Chat - article by Frederic Culpitt
    • Modern Magical Methods - Allan Peterson
      • A Novel Penetration
      • A Cigarette Sleight
      • A Good Production
      • Passing a Coin Through the Hand
      • Passe Passe Silks

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George Johnson

The Magic Wand Volume 33 (1944) by George JohnsonNumbers 201-204

193 pages

  1. Vol. 33, Number 201 March-May, 1944 [42 numbered & 6 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • Aid
    • Card Miracles
    • The Expert
    • Squaring the Circle
  3. A Change-Over Palm with Four Coins - E. Brian MacCarthy
  4. Ignus - V. A. Menzies
  5. A Subtle Changing Card - Sydney de Hempsey
  6. What is a Good Trick? - article by Dr. H. J. Tattersall
  7. The Dissolving Sugar Trick Improved - Victor Farelli
  8. Disc and Rope - Allan Lambie
  9. The Shilling and the Snake - Wilfrid Jonson
  10. Try This Strange Puzzle - Sydney de Hempsey
  11. A Little Different - Alfred Frangleton
  12. A Novel Doll Production - Eric...
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The Magic Wand Volume 16 (1927) by George JohnsonNumbers 133-136

290 pages

  1. Vol. 16, Number 133 March-May, 1927 [52 numbered & 16 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • Our Age of Progress
    • The Humorous Trick Competition
    • Happenings by the Way
    • Tricks that Work
    • Supplementary Editions
    • Stopping the Watches
  3. A Novel Hat Load - A. De Brett
  4. An Eggy Problem - Jeffrey Norris - First Prize, Humorous Trick Competition
  5. A Crown for a Slogan - a slogan contest for Magic Wand
  6. Flying Flowers - Oswald Rae
  7. Tricky Travels - T. Page Wright
  8. New Rising Cards - Professor Edgar
  9. Exposure and the Decline of Magic - article by J. F. Orrin
  10. Thermos - David...
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The Magic Wand Volume 17 (1928) by George JohnsonNumbers 137-140

277 pages

  1. Vol. 17, Number 137 March-May, 1928 [52 numbered & 12 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • The Broadcasting Rumpus
    • Can Magic Advance?
    • Advertising
    • Progress in the U.S.A.
    • "Props." Change Hands
    • Laughter and Legerdemain
  3. A Neat Paper Tearing Trick - Norman Hunter
  4. The Control Pull - G. W. Hunter
  5. An Inky Interlude - Wilfrid Allan
  6. Public Speaking - article by J. S.
  7. Ring up the Curtain - J. F. Orrin [continued]
    • Section 4 - Miscellaneous Effects
      • Fishing
      • The Green Pyramid
  8. Programme
    • Douglas Dexter, A Recent Programme
  9. The...
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The Magic Wand Volume 20 (1931) by George JohnsonNumbers 149-152

272 pages

  1. Vol. 20, Number 149 March-May, 1931 [52 numbered & 12 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • In the Fog
    • Mr. Tom Sellers
    • The I.B.M. British Convention
    • Swindling in Excelcis
  3. page 4 is missing [Obituary: T. Page Wright]
  4. page 5 is missing [Reflected Thoughts by S. H. Sharpe]
  5. The Turkish Bath Murder Mystery - J. F. Orrin
  6. Tripoint Again - Wilf Huggins
    • The Rising Cards
  7. The Sympathetic Cards - E. Albert Gillett
  8. Entre Nous - miscellaneous comments by Wilfrid Jonson
  9. Another Display Stand - W. H. Eyles
  10. Telepathy! - Eric C. Lewis
  11. Programme
    • The Gate Theatre Studio and Mr. Peter Godfrey
  12. The Silks and the Lemon...
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The Magic Wand Volume 21 (1932) by George JohnsonNumbers 153-156

253 pages

  1. Vol. 21, Number 153 March-May, 1932 [52 numbered & 8 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • Twenty-One
    • Fire Kings
    • Variety from the U.S.A.
    • The Gentle Art of Disparagement
    • Hartz Mysteries
  3. A Week of Magic - report
  4. The Maskelyne Memorial Fund - auction of "Erdnase - His Book" by Mr. Graham Adams
  5. The Bead on the String - Vincent Dalban
  6. A Novel Wand Effect - T. Westwood Bradley
  7. Again the Spelling Bee - S. H. Sharpe
  8. Crystalogy - Wilf. Huggins
  9. Off Goes His - Nothing - J. F. Orrin
  10. The Rainbow Sticks - Tom Sellers
  11. Wicked Willie and Naughty Nancy - Will Blyth ...
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The Magic Wand Volume 31 (1942) by George JohnsonNumbers 193-196

256 pages

  1. Vol. 31, Number 193 March-May, 1942 [56 numbered & 8 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • The Magic Circle
    • Fortunes and Misfortunes
    • Zodiastar
    • A Strange Book
    • Magical News
    • Professional Help
    • To Our Friends
  3. A New Clock Dial - with Ratchet and Pawl Control - Tom Sellers
  4. Hypnotic Influence - Max Andrews
  5. Spots Before Your Eyes - Wilfred H. Tyler
  6. Tricks, Notes and Notions - Alfred Frangleton
  7. Slightly Different - Alf's Button
  8. A New Ball Sleight
  9. Levitation Extraordinary - by "One of the Boys"
  10. Slow Motion Card Vanish - Allan Lambie
  11. Thimble Work - E. Brian...
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The Magic Wand Volume 8 (Mar 1919 - Feb 1920) by George JohnsonNumbers 85-96

280 pages

  1. Vol. 8, No. 1, March, 1919 [20 pages]
  2. Monthly Chat - little bits of news and talk
    • How Do You Do?
    • Unearthly Music
    • A Little Consideration
    • Gadgets
    • An Illusion
    • Our Thanks
  3. A Present from Fairyland - effect by S. V. Bingham
  4. Are Conjurers Normal? - article by "Onlooker"
  5. Tambour Rings - effect by David Devant
  6. The Wonder Sketching Frame - Ideas For Improvement - Frank Herbert
  7. Back Palming Patter
  8. News and Notes
  9. A Card and Silk Transition - effect by Devono
  10. Peterson's Empty Hand Production - effect
  11. A Crying Need - article by Nevil Maskelyne
  12. The...
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The Magic Wand Volume 11 (1922) by George JohnsonNumbers 113-116

281 pages

  1. Vol. 11, Number 113 March-May, 1922 [56 numbered & 12 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • What of Vaudeville?
    • The Real Story
    • Conjurer and Confederate
    • A Free Tea
    • Possibilities
    • Gold Brick Legerdemain
  3. The Tourist Tambourine - Bernard Carton
  4. Old Mother Hubbard - Wilfrid G. Jonson
  5. A Semi-Revolution - A Novel Accessory for Stage Performances - Woodhouse Pitman
  6. Shadowgraphy - article by "Onlooker"
  7. Programmes
    • AMAC at the Holborn Empire
  8. Clock Penetration through Hat - Bert Douglas
  9. Penetrating Cigarettes through Hat - Bert Douglas
  10. My Lady Nicotine...
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