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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 A carbon copy of his unpublished 106-page typescript autobio to c1940, "A Wizard's Wallet", in the Findlay Collection was sold in 1979 to Till book dealers in London.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 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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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 7 (Sep 1916 - Aug 1917) by George JohnsonNumbers 73-84

212 pages

  1. Vol. 7, No. 1, September, 1916 [20 pages]
  2. Our Monthly Chat - little bits of news and talk
    • Keep The Fire Bowls Burning
    • Rival Ropes
    • The Real Mystery
    • The Fate of Illusions
    • Maskelyne's Mysteries
    • Volcanic Eruptions
    • The Showman's Ambulance Fund
    • Between Ourselves
    • On Active Service
  3. A Showy Silk Combination - effect by Stanley Norton
  4. North Western Society of Magicians - club news
  5. The Magic Plant Forcer - effect by Spitari
  6. Programmes - show reviews
    • Hinsle at the Metropolitan
  7. The Coffee, Vase and Flag Production - effect by W. J....
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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 9 (Mar 1920 - Feb 1921) by George JohnsonNumbers 97-108

248 pages

  1. Vol. 9, No. 1, March, 1920 [20 pages]
  2. Monthly Chat - little bits of news and talk
    • The New Volume
    • Taking It Easy
    • The "Instanto" Competition
    • A Chat On Magic
    • The Conjuring "Johnny"
    • Artificial Wood
  3. A Floating Wand Effect - Professor Edgar
  4. Northern Magical Society - club news
  5. Marked Cards - article and effects by Gwilym Williams
  6. Reviews
    • The Magic Circular - March 1920 magazine
    • The Magician - January 1920 magazine
    • The Sphinx - January 1920 magazine
    • The Magical Bulletin - January 1920 magazine
    • The Magazine of Magic - February...
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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 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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The Magic Wand Volume 12 (1923) by George JohnsonNumbers 117-120

279 pages

  1. Vol. 12, Number 117 March-May, 1923 [48 numbered & 12 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • What Of The Season?
    • Wireless Stage "Stunts"
    • One Penny!
    • Burglars
    • Two Conjurers
    • Where Ignorance Is Bliss
    • Our Correspondents
  3. The Writing of "Nothing"
  4. Soldiers of the King - Eric P. Wilson
  5. The Greedy Goblin - James Mearns
  6. Hot Coffee - G. O. Cox
  7. A "Perpetual Calendar in Your Head" - F. R. Stanes
  8. The Enchanted Dairy - Norman Hunter
  9. Designing a Stage Setting - Sylvia M. Rangel
  10. Pink and White Magic - Gwen Hilton
  11. The Treasury Note and Lemon - Ray W. Lawes
  12. The Artificial...
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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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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 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 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 18 (1929) by George JohnsonNumbers 141-144

272 pages

  1. Vol. 18, Number 141 March-May, 1929 [52 numbered & 12 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • Season Soliloquies
    • Tahra Bey
    • A Wandering Wizard
    • Magic from Below
    • All Change
    • Cutting Through
  3. Some Sleights - George Johnson
  4. A Novel Vanishing Coin - Tom Sellers
  5. The "Sim Pliciti" Rising Cards - E. D. Widger
  6. Obituary - Van Hoven
  7. The Destructive Ray - E. D. Widger
  8. A Trick of Alternation - Will Blyth
  9. Magical Memories - article by Rupert H. Slater
  10. AN Awkward Experience - W. H. E.
  11. Another "Cut and Restored" - F. Jackson
  12. A Novel Card Problem - Sid Lorraine
  13. The Magical...
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The Magic Wand Volume 19 (1930) by George JohnsonNumbers 145-148

264 pages

  1. Vol. 19, Number 145 March-May, 1930 [56 numbered & 12 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • Forging Ahead
    • A Pavement Problem
    • Means to an End
    • The Season
    • The Spooks
  3. The Polychromatic Ribbon - J. F. Orrin
  4. Applause and the Magician - article by Vincent Dalban
  5. Magical Music - E. D. Widger
  6. Peterson's Magic - [A. Peterson]
    • Originality
    • The Somewhat Different 20th Century Silks
    • The Pillars of Solomon
    • A Novel Hat Load
  7. The Rosina Crystal - E. Albert Gillett
  8. With a Billiard Ball
  9. More Wine and Water - S. D. Good
  10. The Real Art of Magic - Wilfrid Jonson [continued] ...
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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 22 (1933) by George JohnsonNumbers 157-160

237 pages

  1. Vol. 22, Number 157 March-May, 1933 [48 numbered & 8 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • Introduction
    • A New Levitation
    • Magic on the Screen
    • Long-Distance Magic
    • Forthcoming Books
    • The Season
    • The Happy Hare Hunt
    • Producing a Cannon Ball
  3. The Bewildering Spheres - Rupert H. Slater
  4. The Spirit Slates Supreme - Bruce Hurling
  5. Thought Transference - Jhano
  6. A Pretty Card Effect - Tom Sellers
  7. Imitation is-- - Wilf. Huggins
  8. A Lesson in Magic - Wilfrid Jonson
  9. Modern Magical Methods - Allan Peterson
    • The Bewildering Block
    • The "Fantom" Four
    • The Vanish...
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The Magic Wand Volume 23 (1934) by George JohnsonNumbers 161-164

236 pages

  1. Vol. 23, Number 161 March-May, 1934 [48 numbered & 8 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • Conjuring Books of the Future
    • Treading on the Gas
    • The Dinner Trick
    • Modern Instruction
    • Youth at the Helm
    • The Ever Ingenious Magician
  3. The Monster of Loch Ness - Jules Danby
  4. The Prediction of Prospero - Roy Walker
  5. A Slow Sleight - The Fadeaway Vanish
  6. Splitting the Atom - Wilfred Huggins
  7. The Wedding of Mr. Mickey Mouse - C. Barnard
  8. Another Silk Vanish - Eric J. Williams
  9. Chit-Chat - article by Fred Culpitt
  10. Snipping Again - Joseph Fitzpatrick
  11. Novel Impromptu Rising...
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