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Catalogs constitute a very important record of history. It allows one to date tricks and effects, research the lineage of inventions and get a feeling of days gone by. Catalogs also inspire the imagination and exercise your magic knowledge. Reading an effect description in a catalog involuntarily makes you think about how this effect might be achieved. You start to think about methods and principles with which you could accomplish the same trick. And if you can't come up with a good answer you want to buy the trick. Wonderful!
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August Roterberg
1911 Supplementary Catalogue of New Tricks by August Roterberg

From the introduction:

The splendid array of tricks offered in the following pages is the result of a most careful selection from several hundred new ideas. Of these new tricks, I have embodied in this catalogue only those which I consider to be the very best, this being practically the first time that the majority of these tricks have been offered for sale. All descriptive matter is original with me and the illustrations have been made from my own ideas, under my personal supervision, great care having been taken to neither exaggerate nor misrepresent the effects in either the reading matter...

2019 / 3 / 5
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Michael Maxwell
A1-MagicalMedia Catalog Fall 2000 by Michael Maxwell

Full color catalog advertising videos and books.

1st edition 2000; 16 pages.

2017 / 6 / 22
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Percy Abbott
Abbott Magic Catalog #1 1934 by Percy Abbott

This catalog started it all. It is the first one published in 1934, the start of a magic dynasty.

1st edition 1934, 23 pages.

2015 / 7 / 12
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Percy Abbott
Abbott Magic Catalog #13 1952 by Percy Abbott

In this catalog Eddie Joseph and all his publications and separately sold tricks received a separate section. Abbott is also operating their own printing presses and advertises to print business cards, letterheads, handbills and show cards for magicians. A price list is included at the very end.

  • Accessories
  • Balls
  • Bottles
  • Cages
  • Canes
  • Cards
  • Change Bags
  • Cigarettes
  • Club
  • Comedy
  • Dice
  • Eggs
  • Escapes
  • Fish
  • Flowers
  • Glasses
  • Illusions
  • Joseph
  • Light Bulbs
  • Linking Rings
  • Liquid
  • Livestock
  • Lotas
  • Mental
  • Milk
  • Money
  • Novelties
  • Paper
  • Parasols
  • Pocket
  • Printing
  • Reels
  • Rice Bowls
  • Rising...
2016 / 8 / 18
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Percy Abbott
Abbott Magic Catalog #14 by Percy Abbott

This catalog #14 is for whatever reason less common than the other Abbott catalogs. It included a tipped in sheet advertising six Robert Orben books.

86 pages.

2018 / 10 / 27
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Recil Bordner
Abbott Magic Catalog #16 1964 by Recil Bordner

Magic products are being offered in the following categories:

  • Accessories
  • Advertising Section
  • Ball Magic
  • Bird Cages
  • Block Tricks
  • Bottle Tricks
  • Candle Tricks
  • Canes
  • Card Magic
  • Change Bags
  • Cigarette Tricks
  • Close-Up and Pocket Tricks
  • Coin and Money Magic
  • Comedy Effects
  • Cups and Balls
  • Dice
  • Egg
  • Escapes
  • Flower Magic
  • Trick Glasses
  • Illusions
  • Kid-Show Magic
  • Light Bulbs
  • Linking Rings
  • Liquid Magic
  • Water Lotas
  • Milk Tricks
  • Tricks with Livestock
  • Mental magic
  • Paper Magic
  • Production Magic
  • Rice Bowls
  • Rope Tricks
  • Silk Magic
  • Spook and Spirit Material
  • Modern Tables
  • Thimbles ...
2016 / 8 / 18
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Recil Bordner
Abbott Magic Catalog #17 1967 by Recil Bordner

Magic products are being offered in the following categories:

  • Accessories
  • Advertising
  • Ball Section
  • Bird Cages
  • Block Tricks
  • Books
  • Bottle Tricks
  • Candle Tricks
  • Cane Tricks
  • Card Magic
  • Change Bags
  • Cigarette Tricks
  • Close-Up, Pocket and Intimate Magic
  • Coin and Money Magic
  • Comedy Effects
  • Cups and Balls
  • Dice Magic
  • Egg Tricks
  • Escapes
  • Flower Magic
  • Glasses
  • Illusions
  • Kid-Show Magic
  • Light Bulbs
  • Linking Rings
  • Liquid Magic
  • Livestock Tricks
  • Mental Effects
  • Milk Tricks
  • Miscellaneous
  • Paper Magic
  • Production Magic
  • Rice Bowls
  • Rope Tricks
  • Silk Magic
  • Spook Material
  • Tables
  • Thimbles ...
2015 / 10 / 13
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Recil Bordner
Abbott Magic Catalog #18 1969 by Recil Bordner

After the index in the back is a section of 14 pages with additional products. This means it is likely that Abbott catalog #18 is pretty much identical to Abbott catalog #17 except for this final section of products.

Magic products are being offered in the following categories:

  • Accessories
  • Advertising
  • Ball Section
  • Bird Cages
  • Block Tricks
  • Books
  • Bottle Tricks
  • Candle Tricks
  • Cane Tricks
  • Card Magic
  • Change Bags
  • Cigarette Tricks
  • Close-Up, Pocket and Intimate Magic
  • Coin and Money Magic
  • Comedy Effects
  • Cups and Balls
  • Dice Magic
  • Egg Tricks
  • Escapes
  • Flower Magic
  • Glasses
  • Illusions
  • Kid-Show Magic ...
2015 / 10 / 21
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Percy Abbott
Abbott Magic Catalog #2 1935 by Percy Abbott

The second catalog already three times thicker.

1st edition 1935, 68 pages.

2015 / 7 / 12
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Recil Bordner
Abbott Magic Catalog #20 1972 by Recil Bordner

Includes a historical sketch about Abbott Magic, how it came to be, and why it was started in Colon, MI.

1st edition 1972, 464 pages.

2016 / 8 / 9
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Recil Bordner
Abbott Magic Catalog #21 1976 by Recil Bordner

A massive catalog featuring magic tricks in all categories from balls and birds to cards and coins and wands and watches.

1st edition 1976, 516 pages.

2015 / 7 / 24
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Recil Bordner
Abbott Magic Catalog #22 by Recil Bordner

The catalog gives a date of 1976, but that is the same date as #21, which means they probably forgot to change it. Most likely this catalog was published in the early 1980s. The latest date mentioned anywhere in the catalog is 1981. My best guess therefore is that this catalog was released in 1981 or 1982.

1st edition 198?, 448 pages.

2016 / 8 / 9
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Recil Bordner
Abbott Magic Catalog #23 1987 by Recil Bordner

This catalog includes a price list.

1st edition 1987, 516 pages.

2015 / 10 / 22
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Recil Bordner
Abbott Magic Catalog #24 1993 by Recil Bordner

A massive catalog featuring magic tricks in all categories from balls and birds to cards and coins and wands and watches.

1st edition 1993, 575 pages.

2015 / 7 / 24
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Recil Bordner
Abbott Magic Catalog #25 1997 by Recil Bordner

A huge catalog including index and price list.

1st edition 1997, 525 pages.

2015 / 10 / 25
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Greg Bordner
Abbott Magic Catalog #26 2004 by Greg Bordner

The latest big catalog from Abbott Magic.

1st edition 2004, 472 pages.

2015 / 10 / 27
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Percy Abbott
Abbott Magic Catalog #5 by Percy Abbott

This #5 catalog was a supplementary catalog to #4. It only listed the new effects Abbott could supply.

1st edition ?, 94 pages.

2016 / 8 / 18
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Percy Abbott
Abbott Magic Catalog #9 1947 by Percy Abbott

More than 800 pages of tricks, books, illusions, and other magic prodcuts.

1st edition 1947, 832 pages.

2016 / 8 / 9
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KC Card Co
Blue Book 1960 by KC Card Co

Just 15 years after WWII, life was good. As the world rebuilt itself, prosperity reigned. Returning soldiers who needed an outlet to keep their competitive edge found what they were looking for in gambling. Neighborhood poker games, back-alley craps, and illegal casinos were everywhere if you knew where to look. Grifters followed the money trail, too, and not all of them relied on skill. Many used devices such as holdouts, shiners, gaffed cards and crooked dice to ensure that they fleeced the lambs just as surely as if the marks openly handed their cash to the swindler.

Catering to the demand...

2015 / 4 / 27
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KC Card Co
Blue Book 1961 by KC Card Co

KC Card Company specialized in legit and crooked gambling supplies.

  • Dice and measuring tools to make sure they were properly manufactured.
  • Game layouts
  • Marked cards
  • Crooked dealing boxes
  • Holdouts
  • Books on gambling
  • and more

1st edition 1961, 77 pages.

2018 / 5 / 31
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August Roterberg
Catalogue of New Card Miracles by August Roterberg

From the introduction:

The clever creations in the following pages are the result of the great demand for card tricks which has swept the magical world. A few years ago practically all card tricks depended upon skill in sleight of hand. There were few, if any, real good tricks which the inexperienced could successfully perform without previous practice. The sudden demand of tricks for this nature has resulted in the invention of many clever and puzzling effects by some of the masterminds of the Magical Profession.

In the following pages are offered, for the first time, a collection...

2021 / 6 / 20
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Geoff Maltby
Club 71: Magic Dealer Catalog Parody by Geoff Maltby

This is a parody of a magic dealer catalog. The parody was published by Geoff Maltby of Repro Magic. It was a supplement to one of the Club 71 issues.

16 pages

2013 / 6 / 17
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Tony Corinda
Corinda Catalog No 2: 1960 by Tony Corinda

Magic, books, occultism, mentalism, manuscripts

1st edition 1960, 43 pages.

2015 / 10 / 26
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Donald Holmes
Donald Holmes Catalog 6 by Donald Holmes

Donald Holmes was a magic dealer and author from Kansas City, Missouri. This is a very nice illustrated supplementary catalog starting at item number 601 all the way to 664.

1st edition 1924, 36 pages.

2017 / 8 / 27
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Edward M. Vernelo
E. M. Vernelo Catalog 1901 by Edward M. Vernelo

Vernelo, another Chicago magic dealer, not only sold a good selection of magic tricks but also novelties, puzzles and a large selection of non-magic books. About half of this catalog is dedicated to books in all kinds of fields of interests including letter writing, public speaking, jokes, stories, bookkeeping, photography, calculations, and many more.

1st edition 1901, 192 pages.

2017 / 6 / 22
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Ellisdon Bros. Ltd.
Ellisdons Catalog by Ellisdon Bros. Ltd.

It advertises with: The largest Mail-Order House in the World for Jokes, Magic and Novelties.

1st edition 1953, 39 pages.

2015 / 10 / 26
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Arthur P. Felsman
Felsman Catalog No. 17 by Arthur P. Felsman

Arthur P. Felsman took over August Roterberg's business. His catalog looks very similar to the Roterberg catalog with beautiful illustrations and detailed product descriptions. Compare for example with Roterberg Catalog No. 15.

1st edition 1919, 189 pages.

2015 / 10 / 26
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Paul Fleming
Fleming Catalog: Books on Magic by Paul Fleming

This catalog includes a great article on why magic literature is so important (article can also be found in The Sphinx from March 1936). It should be mandatory reading for today's YouTube generation.

  • A Plea for Magical Literature
  • Recent and Standard Works on Magic
  • Classified Guide to Current Magical Literature
  • Fleming Book Company Publications
  • Arcas Publications

1st edition 1949, 59 pages.

2015 / 10 / 26
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Gamages
Gamagic Catalog No. 13 by Gamages

Gamages was located in London. This catalog is roughly from the 1930s.

  • Accessories
  • Books
  • Card Tricks
  • Children's Effects
  • Cigarette Tricks
  • Close-Up and Pocket Tricks
  • Coin and Money Magic
  • Comedy Props
  • Magazines
  • Miscellaneous Tricks
  • Mental Effects
  • Punch and Judy
  • Rope and Tricks with String
  • Silk Tricks
  • Workshop Plans of Illusions

48 pages

2018 / 5 / 31
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Edwin C. Hood
H. C. Evans Catalog 1909-1910 by Edwin C. Hood

H. C. Evans was a company specializing in the manufacture and sale of gambling and carnival equipment. They also sold sporting goods like baseball gloves, various balls, hunting and fishing gear. Particularly noteworthy are their offerings for cheating purposes such as hold-outs, or dice which have been altered in a number of ways, or marked cards, etc.

1st edition 1909, 64 pages.

2017 / 9 / 30
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Edwin C. Hood
H. C. Evans Catalog 1929 by Edwin C. Hood

In 1929 H. C. Evans was a large company specializing in the manufacture and sale of sporting goods and casino equipment.

  • Casino supplies
  • Trade Stimulators
  • Pocket Novelties
  • Amusement Park Supplies
  • Fair Ground Games
  • Shooting Galleries

1st edition 1929, 160 pages.

2017 / 9 / 30
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