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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 A carbon copy of his unpublished 106-page typescript autobio to c1940, "A Wizard's Wallet", in the Findlay Collection was sold in 1979 to Till book dealers in London.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 Johnson

The Magic Wand Volume 28 (1939) by George JohnsonNumbers 181-184

246 pages

  1. Vol. 28, Number 181 March-May, 1939 [52 numbered & 12 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • Worth While Magic
    • Hotel Show
    • The Passing of Anderton's [former home of the Magic Circle]
    • Miry Magic
    • More Ingenuity
  3. Uniting the Nations - H. W. Brehaut
  4. The Magic Bran Tub - J. F. Orrin
  5. A Production Box - John Robinson
  6. On Being Funny - article by H. A. M. Bone
  7. The Twentieth Century (Red, White and) Blues - Harold H. Saunders
  8. The Rise of Genius - S. H. Sharpe
  9. Lemon and Sausage - Wilfrid Jonson
  10. Card and Miscellaneous Magic - Tom Sellers
    • Just Glimpse a Card
    • Torn and Restored Paper
    • New...
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George Johnson

The Magic Wand Volume 29 (1940) by George JohnsonNumbers 185-188

236 pages

  1. Vol. 29, Number 185 March-May, 1940 [48 numbered & 8 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • Newspaper News
    • "You Never Vary"
    • What's in a Name?
    • Scale and Price -- Again
    • The Sense of Humor
    • December Memories
  3. Cigarette Mentality - Cyril H. Dewey
  4. Shifting Sands - H. W. Ray
  5. Wine Production - comments
  6. The Ball Through Glass - H. W. Brehaut
  7. Tricks of Olden Days - by 'Eav' or W.W.
    • A Coin Move
    • Tissue in Water
    • Bertram's Ring and Handkerchief
  8. Smilestones - reminiscences by Herbert J. Collings
    • Prologue
    • Another Scene
  9. Memories of [Charles] Morritt...
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George Johnson

The Magic Wand Volume 30 (1941) by George JohnsonNumbers 189-192

247 pages

  1. Vol. 30, Number 189 March-May, 1941 [50 numbered & 10 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • On Active Service
    • Designs for Magic
    • Aunt Kate
    • Old Ideas
    • Marketable Magic
    • Chemicals
    • Diachylon Deceptions
    • Harking Back
  3. Just Cheek - Lavilette
  4. Getting the Bird - J. F. Orrin
  5. The Tumble Pass - Dr. H. J. Tattersall
    • The Shuffled Set-Up
  6. Doublo and Treblo - C. W. Collier
  7. Lighted Cigarette Production - Allan Lambie
  8. Patriotic Silks - Cyril H. Dewey
  9. The Card in the Balloon - Claude Chandler
  10. Council Meeting - Tierra Del Fuego Magical Society - humor by...
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George Johnson

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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George Johnson

The Magic Wand Volume 32 (1943) by George JohnsonThe Magic Wand and Magical Review, Volume 32, George Johnson, editor
Quarterly format
  1. Vol. 32, Number 197 March-May, 1943 [38 numbered & 6 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • Condensed
    • How It's Done
    • Cups and Balls
    • A Boys' Own Book
    • A Card Trick in Bed
  3. Tom Sellers' Magic
    • Bombay Blocks
    • Prediction Mysterio
    • Vanishing Bottle
    • Invisible Ink
    • A Block and Cord Release
    • Six Card Control
  4. Are You a Good Magician - article by Sikandra
  5. Card Conjuring for Conjurers - Arthur H. Eydmann
  6. Flashes from the Forge - H. G. Sparks
    • Proclamations
  7. Wedding Rings and Ribbon...
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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 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 35 (1946) by George JohnsonNumbers 209-212

203 pages

  1. Vol. 35, Number 209, March-May, 1946 [38 numbered & 4 unnumbered covers and advertising pages]
  2. To Friends and Readers of The Magic Wand - George Johnson introducing the new editor
  3. Quarterly Notes - by the editor
    • The Magic Wand Changes Hands
    • What of the Future?
    • A Word of Thanks
    • Change of Address
    • A Competition
    • The Young Magician
  4. Fire-Walked to Prove Faith - news
  5. The Vanishing Wand - Tom Sellers
    • The Vanishing Wand
    • Magic Welding
    • The Ta. Ta. Cigarettes
  6. The Magic Words - Leonard Ashton
  7. Snowman in Reverse - Jimmy Pring
  8. The Roundabout - article by Claude Chandler
  9. For the Egg...
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George Johnson

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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