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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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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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George Munro

The Magic Wand Volume 1 (Sep 1910 - Aug 1911) by George MunroNumbers 1-12

196 pages

  1. Cover, Vol. 1, No. 1, September, 1910 [16 pages]
  2. A representative group of weilders [sic] of the "Magic Wand" - photo
  3. Our Monthly Chat - little bits of news
  4. Maskelyne and Devant's Mysteries - show review
  5. The Northern Magical Society - club news
  6. North of England Notes and Notions - news and comments by Charles F. Waite
  7. A Skeleton Canopy Illusion - Carl Leonard
  8. Letterbox
  9. Editorial - Salutatory
  10. Wand-erings - proverbs
  11. Shadow-graphy - column by Shadow
  12. Some Useful Card Sleights - column by Professor Hoffmann
  13. Book Notes - reviews
    • Entertaining by Magic - Hermann Pallme ...
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George Munro

The Magic Wand Volume 2 (Sep 1911 - Aug 1912) by George MunroNumbers 13-24

192 pages

  1. Cover, Vol. 2, No. 13, September, 1911 [16 pages]
  2. Mr. Louis Nikola - profile
  3. Editorial
  4. Our Monthly Chat - little bits of news
  5. Hofzinser's Card Tricks - Professor Hoffmann - biography
  6. Shadow-graphy - column by Louis Nikola
  7. Book Notes - reviews
    • The Sphinx (American) - August 1911 magazine
    • Sealed Mysteries - Burling Gilbert Galt Hull
  8. Some Useful Card Sleights - column by Professor Hoffmann
  9. Our Down-to-Date New Trick Competition - Series 2
    • 15. Fairy Egg and Handkerchief
    • 16. Original Clip Retainer for Chosen Card
    • 17. An Original Billiard Ball...
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George Munro

The Magic Wand Volume 3 (Sep 1912 - Aug 1913) by George MunroNumbers 25-36

192 pages

  1. Cover, Vol. 3, No. 25, September, 1912 [16 pages]
  2. Mr. Maurice Hurling - profile
  3. Our Monthly Chat - little bits of news
  4. Maskelyne & Devant's Mysteries - show review
  5. Our Down-to-Date New Trick Competition - Series 3 - Winners of Prizes
    • First Prize #18. Initialed and Torn Corner Rising Card
    • Second Prize #5. The Mysterious Eggs
    • Third Prize #7. A New Card, Handkerchief and Match-box effect
  6. Our Down-to-Date New Trick Competition - Series 4
    • 1. Marksmanship Extraordinary
  7. Book Notes - reviews
    • The Sphinx (American) - August 1912 magazine ...
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George Munro

The Magic Wand Volume 4 (Sep 1913 - Aug 1914) by George MunroNumbers 37-48

188 pages

  1. Cover, Vol. 4, No. 37, September, 1913 [16 pages]
  2. Mr. D. J. Brewer - profile
  3. Our Monthly Chat - little bits of news
  4. A Ventriloquial Accessory - report of a novel effect
  5. A Shell Disposal - George Johnson - a billiard ball move
  6. Obituary
    • L. P. Noble
  7. Some Early Recollections - article by C. de Vere
  8. Our Letter Box - letters to the editor
  9. North of England Notes and Notions - news and comments by Charles F. Waite
  10. Haggis - from S. & S., Dundee - notes on magic in Scotland
  11. Shadow-graphy - column by Louis Nikola
  12. Book Notes - reviews
    • The Sphinx (American)...
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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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George Johnson

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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George Johnson

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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George Johnson

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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George Johnson

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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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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George Johnson

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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George Johnson

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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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

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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George Johnson

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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George Johnson

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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George Johnson

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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George Johnson

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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George Johnson

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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