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Some of the biggest treasures can be found in old magazines and journals. Most tricks are first published in a magazine and then later appear in books. If you want to read about the roots of effects or get a feeling of how it was to be a magician in former times, or if you just can't get enough to read, magazines are the best resource. Many famous magicians of the likes of Dai Vernon, Nate Leipzig or Ted Annemann left their early traces in journals. Few pleasures compare to reading old conjuring journals. The ones I can offer you here are some of the best magic magazines of all time. And comics - what can I say - they have to be seen to be appreciated.

If old magazines are not for you and you rather want to read a current up-to-date magic magazine then check out Magicseen. It has a great mix of interviews, effects, reviews, and news.

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P. T. Selbit & George Mackenzie Munro
Wizard (Selbit) all volumes by P. T. Selbit & George Mackenzie Munro

This periodical ran for 5 volumes and 60 numbers, from September 1905 to August 1910. With volume 1 number 9, it became the official organ of the Magic Circle. For the last two numbers in 1910, P. T. Selbit handed the editorship to George Munro. It was succeeded by the Magic Wand.

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P. T. Selbit
Wizard (Selbit) Index by P. T. Selbit

This PDF holds an index for the first four volumes each. The indices are grouped into the following categories (not all categories appear in all volume indices):

  • Articles
  • Ball Tricks
  • Card Tricks
  • Coin Tricks
  • Correspondence
  • Conversations
  • Current Programmes
  • Flower Tricks
  • Gossip
  • Handkerchief Tricks
  • Hat Tricks
  • Illustrations
  • Jokes
  • Magic Circle
  • Obituary
  • Our Monthly Telephone
  • Poetry
  • Popular Patter
  • Portraits
  • Practical Magic
  • Programmes
  • Recollections of Hartz
  • Sketches
  • Thimble Tricks
  • Tricks

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  1. The Wizard – Volume I – September, 1905 – August, 1906
  2. Index ...
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P. T. Selbit & George Mackenzie Munro
Wizard (Selbit) Volume 5 (September 1909 - August 1910) by P. T. Selbit & George Mackenzie Munro

For the last two numbers, George Munro took over the editorship from P. T. Selbit.

  1. The Wizard - Volume V, Number 49 - September, 1909 - 16 pages
  2. Cover - Imro Fox
  3. Ornum's advertisement
  4. Notices
  5. Gossip
  6. Advertisements
  7. A Protean Wand
  8. The Magic Circle
  9. Advertisements
  10. Conjuring a Cake
    • Two New Methods of Performing a Popular Problem
      • The Preparation of the Cake
      • The Culinary Operation
      • The Cutting Part
      • Another Method
      • The Bran Box Again
      • A Fiery Dish
  11. Nikola Breaks Out Again
    • A Half-Minute Perplexity Pickle
      • The Problem to...
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P. T. Selbit
Wizard (Selbit) Volume 4 (September 1908 - August 1909) by P. T. Selbit
  1. The Wizard - Volume IV, Number 37 - September, 1908 - 16 pages
  2. Cover - Chung Ling Soo
  3. Hambley's advertisement
  4. Notices
  5. Gossip
  6. Indian Conjurers at the Franco-British Exhibition
  7. Correspondence
  8. British Magical Society
    • Ideas Competition
  9. Recollections of Hartz by Professor Hoffmann - continued
    • The Automatic Rising Cards
  10. Marionettes - continued
    • The Figures
      • Chapter V - A Living Skeleton and the Donkey and Cart
  11. The Northern Magical Society
  12. The Master Mystery - A Puzzling Performance
    • Amusing Opinions
  13. Advertisements

  1. The Wizard...
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P. T. Selbit
Wizard (Selbit) Volume 3 (September 1907 - August 1908) by P. T. Selbit
  1. The Wizard - Volume III, Number 25 - September, 1907 - 16 pages
  2. Cover - Leon Herrmann
  3. Hambley's advertisement
  4. Notices
  5. Gossip
  6. The Carl Lebert Fund
  7. Magic with Water Vases - J. W. Dewhurst
  8. Thought Reading - New Book Advertisement
  9. Recollections of Hartz by Professor Hoffmann - continued
    • The Mysterious Addition
  10. The Magic Circle
  11. Death of Bruno Walters
  12. More Confetti Magic - N. P. Alvaro, India
  13. The Egg and Confetti Trick - Another Way of Working It - J. W. Dewhurst
  14. Correspondence
    • Derivations and meaning of Magical Expressions - humor
  15. A Man of Magic - John Henry...
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P. T. Selbit
Wizard (Selbit) Volume 2 (September 1906 - August 1907) by P. T. Selbit
  1. The Wizard - Volume II, Number 13 - September, 1906 - 16 pages
  2. Cover - Le Roy, Talma and Bosco
  3. Hambley's advertisement
  4. Notices
  5. Gossip
  6. The Magic Circle
  7. Oldest Conjurer in England - A Chat with Prof. Devono
  8. Correspondence
  9. Hartz and His Hat Trick - Professor Hoffmann - continued
  10. The Melting Billiard Ball - effect
  11. "A Black Art Handkerchief Producer" in the last issue was from Fullam McGlade
  12. A Lively Drum - E. Cooper
  13. To Tear a Pack of Cards in Two
  14. Conjuring Tricks - by a Grown-up Infant
  15. re: Tipping Stage Hands
  16. A Sympathetic Ode - poem
  17. re: Chapeaugraphy
  18. The Instantaneous Production...
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P. T. Selbit
Wizard (Selbit) Volume 1 (September 1905 - August 1906) by P. T. Selbit
  1. The Wizard - Volume I, Number 1 - September, 1905 - 16 pages
  2. Cover - Poster for Maskelyne & Devant's Mascot Moth
  3. Hambley's advertisement
  4. Notices
  5. Introduction
  6. Gossip
  7. Maskelyne & Devant's Mysteries
  8. A Card and Egg Trick
  9. Editorial
  10. Practical Prestigiation
    • The Incubator Canister
  11. note - Maskelyne & Devant in the "Topical Times"
  12. The Magic Circle
  13. Professional Announcements
  14. In London City
  15. Correspondence
  16. Scissors and Paste
  17. The Funny Electric Pencil - Ornum's advertisement
  18. Conjuring - Past and Present
  19. Pars. From the Provinces
  20. A North British Magician's Wooing - humor
  21. Harry...
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(Benny) Ben Harris
Tweak Issue 1 (April 2024) by (Benny) Ben Harris

An occasional journal of magic and strange.

Jazzy, fun, and informative, Ben Harris' new digital journal is full of surprises and tweaks.

  • Learn a no-reel version of the amazing Leviosa.
  • Tweak a switch cup so it works twice without a reset.
  • Explore fantastic effects with gilded playing cards.
  • Tweak a classic Paul Curry effect with an additional 'discard pile,' making the impossible even more so.
  • Re-purpose your favorite 'Four Ace Production' as a mind-numbing gambling challenge.

Edited by Steve Shufton and illustrated by Ever Elizalde, Tweak looks and reads with ease and excitement.

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Scott Baird
The Hermit Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 (February 2024) by Scott Baird
  • Millard Longman shares Bitcoins from Cyberspace
  • Patrik Kuffs teaches his routine, 2Kuda
  • Adam Socha shares a method for Cards At Any Number
  • Kyle Leon teaches his Clean Cut Aces
  • Paul Hallas has a Three-Person Quickie
  • Steven Palmer takes A Subtle Breather
  • Dale Moore says, What the Actual Freak
  • Landon Stark shows how to make a Face Change Gimmick
  • Biz teaches the Metro Control
  • Plus, Scott Baird shares some low-tech ideas for building a Lottery Simulator and other Mad Libs-based predictions over Zoom!

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Frances Marshall & Jay Marshall
Ireland's Year Book 1960 by Frances Marshall & Jay Marshall
  • Mentalissimus
  • Patter Presentations
  • The Reading Mind Book Test
  • Two New Magical Accessories
  • Pipe Dreams! (That Work)
    • Smoking Empty Pipes
    • Stretching A Pipe
    • Comedy Climax For Pipe Production
    • Hola Havana!
    • Acrobatic Cigar
    • Card In Cigarette
    • Climax For Cigarette Thru Handkerchief
    • New Penetration Of Handkerchief By Cigarette
    • Production Of Giant Cigarette And Holder
    • Cigar Rises Out Of Tube
    • Tobacco Jar Fantasy
    • Tobacco Bowls
  • Rice Fantasia
  • Mutilated Parasol In Miniature
  • Menta Ad
  • How I Vanish Milk
  • Botania Finale
  • Production From Foil
  • Coin Fan
  • Milk Carton Dove Bottle
  • Paper Tear...
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Phil Shaw
Magicseen No. 114 (January 2024) by Phil Shaw

Vol. 19, No. 6, January 2024; 60 pages

Cover: Jack Rhodes

  1. Magicseen Issue #114 - Editor's comments
  2. The Team
  3. What's Inside
  4. Reader's Letters
  5. Magic Amanda [Lindsey]: Spinning to Success - interview by Phil Shaw
  6. Masterclass
    1. Make Love Not War - Vinny Sagoo
    2. Comedy Card Prediction - Ian Adair
  7. How to Create Magical Moments at Every Table - Gary Jones
  8. News - Renowned Las Vegas Mentalist Paul Draper Elected to Leadership Council of the Magic Circle
  9. Promote Yourself
  10. Jack Rhodes: The Future of Magic - cover article
  11. The Bochord Club - Iain Moran
  12. Approaching the...
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Frances Marshall & Jay Marshall
Ireland's Year Book 1959 by Frances Marshall & Jay Marshall
  • The Magician Of The Yearbook - Ron Urban
  • The Princess And The Royal Rope (A Patter Story)
  • Trickities II (The First Trickities Is In The 1958 Yearbook)
  • Phantom Tube And Candle Routine For Children
  • Routine For A Rubber Dove
  • Seek A Peek Plexiglas Clip Board
  • "Coo Coo" Savon
  • Idea For A Lota
  • A "Refreshing" Lecture
  • Make Safety A Habit
  • A Day At The Races
  • Counterfeiter's Dream
  • Yeow!
  • Old Glory Be!
  • Hypo Phoney Routine
  • The Fantastic Bill Transposition
  • Presto Coin Stand
  • New Multipurpose Card Exchange Folder
  • Magic Roulette
  • Chinese Symbol Gag
  • The Miser's Dream
  • Variation On The Soft Soap Trick
  • Rope...
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Scott Baird
The Hermit Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 (January 2024) by Scott Baird
  • Patrik Kuffs presents some Billiard Mastery in Two Acts
  • Boyet Vargas shares his mentalism routine, Person of Interest
  • Landon Stark explains a tea time trick with Mentalitea
  • Werner Miller returns with the Three of Diamonds Trick
  • Joe Rindfleisch shares his Computerized Deck 2.0
  • Andy Choy and Yathunandh teach their Corsican Closer
  • CJ snaps your portrait in Copper Silver Camera
  • Claudio Imperiale gets Two Birds [with] One Stone
  • Adam Socha has a Threesome In The Box
  • John Carey goes Topsy Turvy Carey

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Scott Baird
The Hermit Magazine Vol. 2 No. 12 (December 2023) by Scott Baird
  • Beamrules - Scott Baird
  • The Point of It All - Part 2 - Scott Baird
  • One Point Five Hummer - Scott Baird
  • CAAN You Believe It? - John Carey
  • CAAN Lite! - John Carey
  • Hat Trick - Werner Miller
  • Out of The Box - Boyet Vargas
  • Opposites - Michał Kociołek
  • Examining Biddle - Brandon Sheffield
  • All Star Prediction - Kyle Leon
  • The Great Pepperoni Trick - Patrik Kuffs
  • Wallet Load - Biz
  • #hermitmagicchallenge

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Scott Baird
The Hermit Magazine Vol. 2 No. 11 (November 2023) by Scott Baird
  • Slop Shuffle Triumph - Kyle Leon
  • Anti-Triumph - Scott Baird
  • Peeked Key Triumph Control - Scott Baird
  • FUJ-ed Triumph - Scott Baird
  • Triumph's World - Chiam Yu Sheng
  • A.K.A. Triumph - John Carey
  • Trium-Fanned - Brandon Sheffield
  • Corsican Monte - Andy Choy
  • Sankey Says - Jay Sankey
  • A Dedication to Michael Vincent - James Mollenkamp
  • Kufflydini - Patrik Kuffs
  • 4Fly - Jim Turnpaugh
  • Double Undercut Reversal - Biz
  • #hermitmagicchallenge

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Phil Shaw
Magicseen No. 113 (November 2023) by Phil Shaw

Vol. 19, No. 5, November 2023; 60 pages
Cover: Marc Kerstein the App Man

  • Readers' Letters
  • Fraser Parker
  • Masterclass
  • The greatest trick that magic forgot
  • Cube magic origins
  • Marc Kerstein
  • Bochord Club
  • Quick guide to magic apps
  • What will happen to book tests?
  • Card Foolers
  • Darwin Ortiz
  • Product Reviews
  • Stewart Francis one-liners
  • Readers' Tips & Advice
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Scott Baird
The Hermit Magazine Vol. 2 No. 10 (October 2023) by Scott Baird
  • Carbon Paper by Tomas Giammarco
  • Echo Stack by Bertie Mac
  • Aces Up, Collectors by Scott Baird
  • Double Agent Collectors by Scott Baird
  • Eerie Collectors by Scott Baird
  • Twisting the Aces Shocker by Paul Gordon
  • Coin Box Moves by Joe Cole
  • The Alpha and The Omega by Millard Longman
  • Sloppy Oil and Water by Kyle Leon (and Ryan Pilling)
  • #hermitmagicchallenge
  • United Switch by Biz

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Scott Baird
The Hermit Magazine Vol. 2 No. 9 (September 2023) by Scott Baird
  • Box Bits by Joe Cole
  • One Four All by Michael Kras
  • Worker's Cheek to Cheek by Kyle Leon
  • Flurry by Michael Rubinstein
  • Joker Transpo by Patrik Kuffs
  • The Final Destination by Boyet Vargas
  • Cubicle Coincidence by Joe Rindfleisch
  • Challenge Accepted by Chiam Yu Sheng
  • Six Card Cheat by Scott Baird
  • Dale's Last Card Trick by Dale Moore
  • Slam Change by Biz
  • Sankey Says by Jay Sankey

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Frances Marshall & Jay Marshall
Ireland's Trick Talk by Frances Marshall & Jay Marshall

This was the house organ of Ireland Magic Co. which later became Magic Inc. It started in 1957 with a regular bimonthly publishing schedule but then became irregular. The last of 45 issues, volume 4 number 9 was published in 1988. Being a house organ there are of course lots of product advertisements but it also includes news, interesting photos, comments, trick patter and presentations, reviews, quips, tips, and other things about tricks and magicians.

In the first issue, Frances and Jay wrote:

It has been our desire, for many years, to convert the Newsletter into a small company magazine,...

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Frances Marshall & Jay Marshall
Ireland's Year Book 1958 by Frances Marshall & Jay Marshall
  • THE GIRL ON THE OPPOSITE PAGE
  • TWO PRICELESS GAGS
  • IDEAS FOR MAGICIANS
  • CLEAR-VU BILL VANISH
  • METAPOUR
  • TRICKITIES
  • PERSONAL TOUCH TO THE PAPER HAT
  • THIMBLE TRANSPOSED
  • PORTFOLIO OF TRICKS BY ALLESSANDRO
    • The Demon Dollar
    • A Cigarette Routine
    • Number Divination
    • Lie Detector
    • Four Ace Control
    • Magic Sum
    • Transposition Cards
    • Allessandro's Gag Kit
  • ONE AT A TIME COINS
  • ACES IN HAND
  • HALLOWEEN ADAPTATION FOR SQUARE CIRCLE
  • PATTER FOR THE TOM BOWYER REPEAT BILL TRICK
  • BUILD- IT- YOURSELF PRODUCTION ILLUSIONETTE
  • RIGHT CARD - WRONG COLOR
  • SATAN'S SATIN
  • A GROUP OF IDEAS BY AL MURDY
    • The...
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Frances Marshall & Jay Marshall
Ireland's Year Book 1957 by Frances Marshall & Jay Marshall
  • Safety Cut
  • Passee Egg Vanish
  • Arizona Quickie Mental Routine
  • Tie And Untie
  • Dove Production And Vanish
  • Doll Production And Levitation And Vanish
  • Patter Presentation And Set Up For Mr. & Mrs. Green
  • Musical Telepathy With Add-A-Number
  • Comedy Finish For Slydini Paper Tear
  • Rate Of Exchange Routine For Coin Capers
  • Patter Presentation For The Milk Pitcher
  • Brainwave Number
  • Idea For Mr. Skunk Trick
  • Ultra Citation
  • Penny And Nickel Transposition
  • Color Divination
  • Three Lights On A Match
  • Hubert, The Undernourished Rabbit
  • Modern Club Act With Patter
    • Only A Roomer
    • The Scotchman's Pocketbook ...
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Phil Shaw
Magicseen No. 112 (September 2023) by Phil Shaw

Vol. 19, No. 4, September 2023; 60 pages
Cover: Carisa Hendrix

  1. Welcome to Issue #110 - Editor's comments
  2. The Team
  3. What's Inside
  4. Reader's Letters
  5. Pete Firman - Tricktok - Interview by Phil Shaw
  6. Enigma - Interview with Christian Grace
  7. Masterclass
    1. Ultimate Payoff - Andrew Normansell
    2. Cut-Up Cards - Ian Adair
  8. Cubeography - Kev G
  9. The Bochord Club - Iain Moran
  10. The Satisfaction of Creativity - Matthew J. Downen
  11. Carisa Hendrix - Lucid Dreaming - cover article by Andi Gladwin
  12. A Miscellany of Mischief and Magic - book by Tom Adams and Jasmine Floyd
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Frances Marshall & Jay Marshall
Ireland's Year Book 1956 by Frances Marshall & Jay Marshall
  • Greetings...
  • Linking Rope Routine
  • Who Gets The Prize
  • The East India Card Trick
  • Impromptu (?) Rigid Hank
  • Cherchez La Rabbit
  • Miracle Necklace
  • Mrs. Murphy's Christmas Tree
  • Allessandro's Marksmanship Act
  • Divine Touch
  • Allessandro's Comedy Routine No. 1
  • Comedy Magic Routine No. 2.
  • Comedy Convention Skit
  • Allessandro's Cigarette Routine
  • Magic Quickies
  • Our Book-Within-A-Book-Feature (Leonard Austin)
    • Triple Transportation
    • No Beer
    • Sands Of Time
    • Production Box
    • Enchanted Cylinder
    • Aladdin’s Lamp
    • Silk Color Change
    • Novel Card Appearance
    • Sugar And Spoon Transportation
    • Seen In The...
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Scott Baird
The Hermit Magazine Vol. 2 No. 8 (August 2023) by Scott Baird

EFFECTS

The issue starts out with Darned Pain in the Neck by Paul Gordon, a fun ace-spelling routine that goes wrong all the way until it goes right.

Then, learn Scott Baird's Fabulous Jumping Jokers, which is a different sort of take on a Ken Krenzel mystery card routine from The Collected Almanac.

Kyle Leon shares Predetermined Roll, a predicted card routine that is so fair it uses imaginary dice.

The Unknown Future by John Carey is a direct and to-the-point mystery card routine, originally published in his book Me, My Cards, and I.

Jason Connolly shares an ace-cutting routine with a triumph phase...

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Scott Baird
The Hermit Magazine Vol. 2 No. 7 (July 2023) by Scott Baird

EFFECTS

The issue starts out with Joke Matrix by Scott Baird, a one-card and four-coin assembly effect based on the work of Shoot Ogawa.

Then, learn Michael Rubinstein's Purse Transpo Surprise, which is a copper/silver transposition routine using a purse with a big finish.

Kyle Leon then shares his take on a Bob Cassidy classic, called Name & Place. Learn Millard Longman's Acidus Novus peek and Jay Sankey's Paperclipped Switch in this routine as well.

Centrifugal Triumph by Jozsef Kovacs is a two-selection Triumph routine using the Centrifugal Lift by Kevin Fox.

Patrik Kuffs shares a short and sweet card reversal...

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Phil Shaw
Magicseen No. 111 (July 2023) by Phil Shaw

Vol. 19, No. 3, June 2023; 60 pages
Cover: Derren Brown

  1. Welcome to Issue #110 - Editor's comments
  2. The Team
  3. What's Inside
  4. Reader's Letters
  5. N2G Magic - Nic Cheung - interview
  6. What Happens When Two Magicians Get Married? - Alan & Kat Hudson
  7. Masterclass
    1. The Return of the Muleshoe Gambler - Paul Gordon
    2. Fade-Away Lady - Ian Adair
    3. Old Blue Eyes - Paul Gordon
  8. The Power of Palindromic Patterns - Kev G
  9. The Bochord Club - Iain Moran
    • Art Decko - Simon Aronson
  10. The Comedy Helpline
  11. Ben Hart - Jadoo - new show
  12. Where there's NO will, there's a way - Jay Fortune
  13. Derren Brown - Notes From a Fellow Traveller...
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