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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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William Henry James Shaw
W. H. J. Shaw Catalog 1893 by William Henry James Shaw

A Chicago dealer who did manufacture his own apparatus.

1st edition 1893, 24 pages.

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Tony Corinda
Corinda Catalog No 2: 1960 by Tony Corinda

Magic, books, occultism, mentalism, manuscripts

1st edition 1960, 43 pages.

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Sigmund Klingl
Zauber-Klingl Katalog (1926) by Sigmund Klingl

Die Zauber-Klingl war das beste Zaubergeschäft der Vergangenheit in Österreich. Es befand sich auf einem sehr guten Platz in der Wiener Innenstadt, gleich hinter der Staatsoper, in der Führichgasse Nr. 4, einer Seitenstrasse zur Kärtner Strasse der bedeutensten Einkaufsstrasse in Wien.

Sigmund Klingl war in erster Linie ein Hersteller von Zaubertricks und Zauberapparaten. Er stellte nicht nur zahlreiche Apparate und Illusionen für den allgemeinen Verkauf her, sondern machte auch Spezialanfertigungen für die Superstars der damaligen Zauberszene.

Der vorliegende Katalog von den 20er...

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Robert A. Nelson
Nelson Enterprises Catalog 6 by Robert A. Nelson

Robert Nelson and his brother Larry ("Alla Rageh") started the Nelson Enterprises in 1921. Their first "catalogs" were printed on thin, onion-skin paper. By 1927, their catalog boasted over a hundred effects and books, catering almost exclusively to the mental fraternity.

This catalog is nearly impossible to find, being jealously hoarded by mentalists and collectors. Now reprinted in convenient eBook format, the Nelson Enterprises Catalogue Number Six is once again available to expand the mind of performers of every ilk.

Because catalog printing techniques of the 1920s were not meant to...

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Robert A. Nelson
Nelson Enterprises Catalog 12 by Robert A. Nelson

Robert Nelson and his brother Larry ("Alla Rageh") started the Nelson Enterprises in 1921. Their first "catalogs" were printed on thin, onion-skin paper. By 1931, their catalogs were books in their own right, this one boasting 236 different effects, books, and services catering almost exclusively to the mental, mediumistic and gambling fraternities.

Originals of this catalog are virtually impossible to find, as they jealously hoarded by mentalists, magicians and occult collectors. Now reprinted in convenient PDF ebook format, the Nelson Enterprises Catalogue 12 is once again available to...

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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.

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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.

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ...
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Recil Bordner
Abbott Magic Catalog #15 by Recil Bordner

This catalog #15 was the first catalog issued after Percy Abbott's death. The exact date is not clear but most likely it appeared in 1962.

~1962, 488 pages.

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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.

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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.

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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 products.

1st edition 1947, 832 pages.

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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...
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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.

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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.

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Percy Abbott
Abbott Magic Catalog #6 1940 by Percy Abbott

If you have never looked through one of these big magic catalogs this one is a good example. Even though WWII had already started Abbott's was offering almost 2000 magic items for sale. They had pretty much everything one can think of.

1st edition 1940, 544 pages.

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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.

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Otto Maurer
Illustrated Descriptive Price List of Magical Apparatus and Illusions by Otto Maurer

Otto Maurer had his shop in New York. He started as tin smith but soon made and fixed apparatus for magicians. His shop was for many years a gathering place for prominent magicians who came to town including Houdini, Thurston, and Downs. They all visited Maurer, bought from him, and exchanged the latest gossip and news. The most famous story about Otto Maurer is how he became the conduit for communicating the back palm from a Mexican/Cuban/Spanish cardshark to the magic community at large. (The originator of the back palm was Dr. Elliott.)

  • Advice For Professionals & Amateurs
  • No. 1 - Magic Nail
  • No. 2 - Devil's Bottle ...
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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.

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Max Holden
Max Holden Recommends by Max Holden

This was the catalog for Max Holden's Magic Shop. He had two stores, one in New York City, and one in Boston. He specialized in books. The 8 issues run from 1948 to 1951.

PDF 36 pages.

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Max Holden
Holden's Catalog No. 17 (1955) by Max Holden

Max and Tess Holden established their magic mail-order business in 1929. Through the years, the business grew to three locations (Boston, Philadelphia, and New York City). The Max Holden catalog grew to hundreds of pages, offering merchandise from their own line of magic and books, as well as those of prominent manufacturers such as Petrie-Lewis, Thayer, and many others.

Arranged by subject, the effects include spirit effects, close-up magic, mentalism, livestock effects, books, blueprints, tricks with cards, money, cigarettes, liquids, candles, silks, slates, thimbles, and many others. ...

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Max Andrews
Max Andrews Vampire Magic Catalog: 1954 by Max Andrews

Conjuring tricks, magical apparatus and illusions.

1st edition 1954, 279 pages.

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Max Andrews
Max Andrews Vampire Magic Catalog No 5: 1956 by Max Andrews

Advertises with: Britain's largest magical manufacturer

1st edition 1956, 284 pages.

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Martin Breese
Magicassette Catalog by Martin Breese

This is the catalog of Martin's Magicassettes from 1986. It describes about 70 of his tapes and includes price list and ordering instructions at the end.

All of these recordings are available here at the Lybrary as MP3 downloads for your iPod. Please check the Audio section for more details.

1st edition 1986; 26 pages.

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Martin Breese
Martin Breese Catalog by Martin Breese

This is a very nice catalog designed by David Britland and additional illustrations by Max Maven, Eric Mason and JAT. Products are grouped in the following sections:

  • Tricks
  • Miscellaneous
  • Audio Tapes
  • Video Tapes
  • Books

1st edition 1984; PDF 87 pages.

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Martin Breese
Martin Breese Video Catalog by Martin Breese

Martin Breese was an early adopter of video technology. He produced a number of videos in-house, and also retailed some of the earliest instructional magic videos available. This was the first video catalog Breese issued.

1st edition 1986, 20 pages; PDF 20 pages.

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Martin Breese
Martin Breese Catalog 1 by Martin Breese

This is the first catalog Martin Breese issued most likely in 1975. He had not yet begun to create and publish his own products. We therefore find in this catalog only products from other manufacturers, such as Ken Brooke, Johnson Products, Sterling Magic Creations, and others.

1st edition 1975, PDF 57 pages.

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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...

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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.

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Jack Hughes
Jack Hughes List of Magic by Jack Hughes

From the introduction:

Dear Mr. Magician,

In presenting our publicity before you, we do so with every confidence in our apparatus most of which is made exclusively in our well-equipped factory.

Whether you are an old or a new customer we know you will appreciate that behind each of our effects there is a wealth of practical experience which has taken many years to acquire.

We make no claim to cheapness as this is sometimes a sign of poor quality. Instead, it is our aim to supply the best for the most economic price.

Everything we manufacture, from Pocket Tricks to Full-size Stage...

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Inez Vernelo
M. Inez Catalog 1904 by Inez Vernelo

This catalog describes mostly magic tricks, some magic books and a list of acting plays. Madame Inez, or just M. Inez, was married to E. M. Vernelo and she was very involved in the early years of The Sphinx mostly as editor.

1st edition 1904, 76 pages.

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Harry Stanley
Harry Stanley Catalog 1949 by Harry Stanley

Unique Magic Studio: New and Original Magic

1st edition 1949, 75 pages.

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Harry Stanley
Harry Stanley Catalog 1963 by Harry Stanley

Unique Magic Studio

1st edition 1963, 155 pages.

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Hamley Bros. Ltd.
Hamley's Catalog: Book of Magic and Mystery by Hamley Bros. Ltd.

Illustrated catalog of conjuring tricks, magical apparatus, ingenious puzzles and more.

1st edition 1920, 71 pages

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H. C. Evans
The Original Blue Book 1949 by H. C. Evans

From the back cover:

This, our latest SECRET BLUE BOOK with many features added, is the most complete catalog of the kind ever produced. The SECRET BLUE BOOK is but one of THREE CATALOGS of our complete line which covers the entire Indoor and Outdoor Amusement Field, supplying adult games of every description.

In the SECRET BLUE BOOK we list and describe a complete line of Dice, Cards, Trade Stimulators and Counter Games, Table Games suitable for use at public gatherings, Adult Games for the home or private play and Various SPECIAL Games.

Our CLUB AND CASINO EQUIPMENT Catalog, printed...

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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.

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