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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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B. W. McCarron
The Nelson Enterprises Master Catalog Index by B. W. McCarron

Robert Nelson and his brother Larry ("Alla Rageh") started the Nelson Enterprises in 1921. This Master Index cross-references by title, catalog issue and page number every effect, book and manuscript issued by Nelson from 1927 through the last catalog in 1972. This Master Index represents a summary of:

  • 45 years of Nelson Enterprises catalog offerings.
  • 21 Nelson catalogs.
  • 5846 total items appearing in those catalogs.
  • 2476 total pages are summarized in this Master Index.
  • 1276 separate effects, books, appear in this Master Index.
  • 125 pages are in this Master Index.
  • 36 months in preparation. ...
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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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...

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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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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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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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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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Donald Holmes
Supplementary Catalogue of New Conjuring Tricks 1916 by Donald Holmes

This catalog includes some error corrections for the prior catalog, advertises Holmes' Conjuring Serial No. 4 A Mind Reading Act, and then it describes items No. 400 to No. 481.

1st edition 1916, 36 pages.

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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...

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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 #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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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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Frances Marshall
Magic Inc. Mid 80s Import Book Catalogue by Frances Marshall

Covering books published around the world on the subject of magic and allied arts.

1st edition ~1985; PDF 70 pages.

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Frances Marshall
Magic Inc. Book Catalog 2 by Frances Marshall

The "Magic Ink" line of book catalogs.

Excerpt from the introduction:

Welcome to the world of MAGIC! It is one of the oldest performing arts and yet it is as up to date as tomorrow. You have been seeing some wonderful magical spectaculars on TV, with Henning, Blackstone, Copperfield and others and you know how great magic can be.

Magic is important and it can make YOU important. You can learn all about the great magicians of the past, study the art of magic so you can learn to be a performer, and meet and know the great magicians of today. New books are constantly being issued on magic...

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Frances Marshall
Magic Inc. Big Book Catalog by Frances Marshall

Books are grouped in the following categories:

  • Cards
  • Coins
  • Close-Up
  • Mental
  • Clowning, Balloons, Juggling, and Kid Shows
  • Illusions
  • Promotions
  • Biography and History
  • General

1st edition 1993; PDF 408 pages.

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Frances Marshall
Magic Inc. Book Catalog 1 by Frances Marshall

Magic Inc. always emphasized books in their offering. They published a lot of books themselves, imported books from foreign countries, and carried a large selection of publications related to magic. This of course was driven by Jay Marshall's passion for books.

1st edition ~1982; PDF 165 pages.

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Frances Marshall
Magic Inc. Trick Catalog #24 by Frances Marshall

Excerpt from the introduction:

Welcome to the world of MAGIC! It is one of the oldest performing arts and yet it is as up to date as tomorrow. You have been seeing some wonderful magical spectaculars on TV, with Henning, Blackstone, Copperfield and others and you know how great magic can be. Magic is important and it can make YOU important. You can learn all about the great magicians of the past, study the art of magic so you can learn to be a performer, and meet and know the great magicians of today. New books are constantly being issued on magic and there are hundreds of them already established...

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Frances Marshall
Magic Inc. Trick Catalog #28 by Frances Marshall

Tricks are grouped in the following categories:

  • Beginning Magic
  • Card magic
  • Money Magic
  • Close-Up Magic
  • Mentalism
  • Kids Show Magic
  • Stage Magic
  • Miscellaneous Magic
  • Prices

1st edition 1994; PDF 224 pages.

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