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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 and comes both in a purely digital subscription as well as a print + digital subscription.

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George Armstrong
Wizard Magazine Volume 5-8 (Jul 1951 - Jul 1956) by George Armstrong

These are the second four volumes of the Wizard Magazine as a PDF which you can download. It includes a hyperlinked index.

1st edition July 1951 - July 1956; 1733 pages.


Volume 5
  • No. 49
    • George Armstrong / Charles Cole
    • Geomental Rayond / Two Person Mentalism
    • Dennis Barnes / Opening to a 4 Ace Routine
    • O.H. Patterson / My Rings on Rope
    • Len Belcher / My Card Stab
    • Tom Sellers / Simplex Card Prediction
    • John K. Bays / Famous Magicians
    • A.C. Newitt / Why Use the Pass
    • Harry Thomas, Max Linden / The Tomlin Coin Box
    • Jack Lamonte / Opening for the Egg Bag Routine
    • Philcardo / Bouquet for...
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George Armstrong
Wizard Magazine Volume 1-4 (Apr 1947 - Jun 1951) by George Armstrong

These are the first four volumes of the Wizard Magazine as a PDF which you can download. It includes a hyperlinked index.

1st edition April 1947 - June 1951; 1595 pages.


Volume 1
  • No. 1
    • George Armstrong / Jasper Maskelyne
    • George Armstrong / Impromptu Book Test
    • John K. Bays / Fantasy Fare
    • W.J. Stapleton / Milestones of Magic
  • No. 2
    • George Armstrong / Robert Harbin
    • George Armstrong / Number Prediction
    • John K. Bays / No No Children's Effect
    • W.J. Stapleton / Milestones of Magic 1
  • No. 3
    • George Armstrong / Wilfred Tyler
    • Wilfred Tyler / Breakaway Match-box
    • John K. Bays / Flash...
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George Armstrong
Wizard Magazine (1947 - 1956) by George Armstrong

The Wizard was one of Britain's leading magic magazines and was published by George Armstrong between 1947 and 1956. There were 95 issues containing more than 3000 pages. Here is the entire run as searchable PDF, including a hyperlinked index.

It contains 945 effects, articles and features on every aspect of magic from hundreds of prominent contributors including: Billy McComb, Al Koran, Jack Lamonte, Ken Brooke, Arthur Carter, Chandhu, Milbourne Christopher, Carlos Colombi, Edward Dexter, Prince Drakon, Hen Fetsch, Douglas Francis, Lewis Ganson, Louis Histed, Jack Hughes, Roy Johnson, Fred Lowe, Max Malini, Jay Palmer, Edmund Rowland, S.H. Sharpe, Hans Trixer, Verrall Wass, Mark Weston and Jack Yates.

1st edition 1947-1956; 3328...

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Visions 2005 by various

This is the complete archive of Visions, The Online Journal of the Art of Magic, for the year 2005. Everything is searchable. Visions is currently the top online magic magazine. Convince yourself and check out the current issue. You will find great articles, product reviews, biographies of legends, reader submissions, and a whole lot more.

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Visions 2004 by various

This is the complete archive of Visions, The Online Journal of the Art of Magic, for the year 2004. Everything is searchable. Visions is currently the top online magic magazine. Convince yourself and check out the current issue. You will find great articles, product reviews, biographies of legends, reader submissions, and a whole lot more.

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Visions 2003 by various

This is the complete archive of Visions, The Online Journal of the Art of Magic, for the year 2003. Everything is searchable. Visions is currently the top online magic magazine. Convince yourself and check out the current issue. You will find great articles, product reviews, biographies of legends, reader submissions, and a whole lot more.

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Visions 2002 by various

This is the complete archive of Visions, The Online Journal of the Art of Magic, for the year 2002. Everything is searchable. Visions is currently the top online magic magazine. Convince yourself and check out the current issue. You will find great articles, product reviews, biographies of legends, reader submissions, and a whole lot more.

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Visions 2001 by various

This is the complete archive of Visions, The Online Journal of the Art of Magic, for the year 2001. Everything is searchable. Visions is currently the top online magic magazine. Convince yourself and check out the current issue. You will find great articles, product reviews, biographies of legends, reader submissions, and a whole lot more.

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Visions 2000 by various

The complete archive of Visions, The Online Journal of the Art of Magic, for the year 2000, is now available as ebook. You can search through all 450 pages. Visions is currently the top online magic magazine. Convince yourself and check out the current issue. You will find great articles, product reviews, biographies of legends, reader submissions, and a whole lot more.

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Paul Romhany
Vanish Magazine Year 3 (Apr 2014 - Mar 2015) by Paul Romhany

Issue 13

  • From the Editor
  • News
  • Show Me The Funny
  • A Professional Magician Can Seem So Uncharitable
  • Misdirection is the Main Ingredient
  • Ten Little Secrets
  • Feature: Daryl - The magicians magician
  • Interview: Jim Steinmeyer
  • Married In Magic
  • The Magicians Cabaret
  • Ten Brushes With Greatness
  • Mentalism: An Adventure in Mysticism
  • Bello Nock Rocks Broadway
  • Six Short Stories
  • Tapping Your Own Creative Potential
  • David Berglas Q&A
  • Car Launch
  • Ten New Rules For Magicians
  • Testimonials, Reviews, & Comments
  • Outerbridge - Who's That?
  • Do You Have A Back Up Show?
  • Child's Play - Giving back to...
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Paul Romhany
Vanish Magazine Year 2 (Apr 2013 - Mar 2014) by Paul Romhany

Issue 7

  • Bamboozlers by Diamond Jim Tyler - another bar stunt you can perform anytime anywhere
  • Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants - why we should all respect magicians who have done it all before and what we can learn from them - the word is respect
  • Weight A Second - an impossible estimation routine by Stefan Olschewiski
  • Why Would You Want To Be David Copperfield - Bizzaro asks a valid question and his essay is sure to provoke
  • Imaginary Circumstances by Joey Pipia - lessons learned from the theatre applied to magic
  • Magician's Crossword Puzzle - print this off and have some fun ...
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Paul Romhany
Vanish Magazine Year 1 (Apr 2012 - Mar 2013) by Paul Romhany
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Mr. Rees
Trixy Magazine by Mr. Rees

The Digital Trixy. 24 magazines for junior magicians published in the 1940s and a comprehensive index of tricks by Michael Colley together with the full magic catalogue from the Boy Magicians Service in Prestatyn Wales.

Back in the 1940s a lot of young magical enthusiasts joined the Boy Magicians' Club in Prestatyn, North Wales. The club was run by a Mr. Rees who was not only a magician but also performed a marionette show. Mr. Rees produced the Trixy - a wonderful little magic magazine - and from this magazine many young enthusiasts learnt the basics of magic. Eddie Burke was a member and...

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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 9 (1944) by Percy Abbott

January 1944 - December 1944
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

389 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 9, Number 1 - January 1944 - 32 pages
  2. Cover - Joe Ovette
  3. With the Editor - Mel
  4. Contents
  5. The Great Ovette - Nuff Said!
  6. Thanks for Holiday Greetings - Percy Abbott
  7. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • reviews
      • Tarbell Course, Volume 3
      • Fleming Book Reviews No. 50
      • Hugard's Magic Monthly, December
    • Questions and Answers
  8. re: Bob Haxton
  9. re: John J. Oakes
  10. "Magic on Broadway" - Al Minder
  11. Talk About Philadelphia...
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 8 (1943) by Percy Abbott

January 1943 - December 1943
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

393 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 8, Number 1 - January 1943 - 32 pages
  2. Cover - R. S. Glover
  3. With the Editor - Mel
  4. Contents
  5. Meet Professor Glover, M. M.
  6. Another Milk Vanish Idea - "Hen" Fetsch
  7. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • Tarbell Course, Volume 2
    • Miracle Methods Number Three - book - Hugrad & Braue
    • Easy Magic - "Windy Higgins" with Paul Stadelman
    • Questions and Answers
  8. Karrell Fox Serves Magic
  9. re: Dell O'Dell
  10. Magician Plays Alaskan Circuit -...
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 7 (1942) by Percy Abbott

January 1942 - December 1942
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

413 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 7, Number 1 - January 1942 - 36 pages
  2. Cover - Sid Lorraine
  3. With the Editor
  4. Contents
  5. The Facts of Life in the case of Sid Lorraine
  6. Land and Water Trick
  7. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • The Figure Fiend - book - R. A. Burley
    • Mother Goose Mystery - trick - Martin Gardner
    • Questions and Answers
  8. Color Prediction - Joseph Brandi
  9. The Campbell Caravan - Loring and Kathryne Campbell
  10. Super-X Scores in Show
  11. Magical Crossword...
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 6 (1941) by Percy Abbott

January 1941 - December 1941
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

638 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 6, Number 1 - January 1941 - 52 pages
  2. Index - Contents (including advertisers)
  3. Editorial - Mel
  4. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • Questions and Answers
  5. Jumbo Discovery - Bryce Chambers
  6. Bingo - A New Clever Novelty Trick
  7. re: J. C. Bisbee
  8. Where Was I? - "Monk" Watson
  9. The Card Trick Without a Deck - Allan Lambie
  10. Sucker Die Box Gag
  11. Chinese Lantern Trick - Otto Waldmann
  12. The Stuck Card Trick
  13. Bury Peter Rabbit
  14. Swann Suggested...
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 5 (1940) by Percy Abbott

January 1940 - December 1940
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

636 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 5, Number 1 - January 1940 - 52 pages
  2. Index - Contents (including advertisers)
  3. Editorial - Percy Abbott
  4. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • 1940 Good Wishes to You and Yours
    • A Magici8an in the House - Sid Lorraine - correction
    • Testimonial
  5. Magicians Guild of America - Recil Bordner
  6. Fitzkee's Story - Dariel Fitzkee
  7. The Magicians Guild Convention - Ken MacEachin
  8. E. J. Moore Sick Fund
  9. Conjuring Potpourri - John Braun
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 4 (1939) by Percy Abbott

January 1939 - December 1939
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor

621 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 4, Number 1 - January 1939 - 60 pages
  2. Index - Contents (including advertisers)
  3. Editorial - Percy Abbott
    • WE Give Thanks
  4. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • A Few Questions and Answers
  5. "Majah", Indian Mystic
  6. re: Will Rock
  7. "Greater Magic"
  8. New York State Conclave
  9. Dusting Off Some Old Ones - Eddie Joseph
    • The Travelling Coins - Joseph's Routine
  10. Conjuring Potpourri - John Braun
  11. Corrections - for December Issue of "Potpourri"
  12. Fleming Trophy...
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 3 (1938) by Percy Abbott

January 1938 - December 1938
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor

659 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 3, Number 1 - January 1938 - 52 pages
  2. Index - Contents (including advertisers)
  3. Editorial - Percy Abbott
    • Happy Birthday To You
  4. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • Pig On the Slate by U. F. Grant not Oswald Williams
    • Loyd's Mystery Wand - trick
    • Questions and Answers
  5. The Permeating Pasteboard - Arthur H. Roberts
  6. Accumulated Magic - Ed Burchell
    • Cigarette Vanish
    • Another Cigarette Vanish
    • Eating A Lighted Cigarette
    • Silk Production ...
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 22 (1957) by Percy Abbott

January 1957 - December 1957
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

93 pages - 3 Issues

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 22, Number 1 - January 1957 - 32 pages
  2. With the Editor - Percy Abbott
  3. Contents
  4. Reversed Six card Repeat (111) - Simplified Method - Roxy
  5. Report On Chicago Magigals Assembly No. 9 - Sylvia Smith
  6. re: The Great Levante
  7. Dramatic Living and Dead Test
  8. Thimbles, Thimbles - Again and Again - Roxy
  9. re: Monk Watson
  10. Ring-String - Ray Hutchinson
  11. re: Chami Kkan
  12. Amazing Card Miracles - Mahendra, The Mystic (F. B. Sterling)
    • Design for Wrist Watch Gimmic ...
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 21 (1956) by Percy Abbott

January 1956 - December 1956
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

389 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 21, Number 1 - January 1956 - 32 pages
  2. With the Editor - Mel
  3. Contents
  4. Bank Night Supreme - Roxy
  5. Aero Silks - Bert Douglas
  6. Another Thumb Tie
    • Patter and Presentation
  7. Canary Asrah - George Jo0hnstone
  8. re: feather flower cleaning
  9. A Rising Card Climax - Bert Douglas
  10. Cards, Nuts and Bill
  11. Rapid Flight Cards - Karson
  12. A Tip, Magi and Hypnotists
  13. Bitzemall Egg Bag - Roxy
  14. Blindfold Magic
  15. All Do As I Do
  16. re: Mrs. Audrey Guido blindfold drive
  17. Encyclopedia...
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 20 (1955) by Percy Abbott

January 1955 - December 1955
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

385 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 20, Number 1 - January 1955 - 32 pages
  2. Floating Handkerchief
  3. Perfect Transpo-Card - Rovelli (Tenente Jose Silvestre)
  4. Silks in Chick-A-Dee - Anthony Dunn
  5. Useful Cigarette Sleights - Roxy
    • Number One
    • Number Two
    • Number Three
  6. Another Torn Restored Newspaper - Wilford Hutchinson
  7. Penetra - Roxy
  8. Tricks of East Indian Magicians - Part 3 - Eddie Joseph
    • The Cups and Balls
      • The Sleights
      • The Routine
    • The Egg Bag
  9. Handkerchief-Rope...
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 2 (1937) by Percy Abbott

January 1937 - December 1937
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor

649 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 2, Number 1 - January 1937 - 52 pages
  2. Index - Contents (including advertisers)
  3. Editorial - Percy Abbott
  4. New Magic Club - The Keystone Ring of Harrisburg
  5. Harlan Tarbell's Health
  6. The "Tops" Policy
  7. Is This A Pipe Dream? - letter from Julius Hopkins
  8. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • Thoughts About a Year of Tops
    • Questions and Answers
  9. Variation of Rope Trick - Erwin Forsythe
  10. The Drop Cigarette Move - Percy Abbott
  11. Continuous Front and Back Palm With Lighted...
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 19 (1954) by Percy Abbott

January 1954 - December 1954
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

389 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 19, Number 1 - January 1954 - 32 pages
  2. With the Editor - Mel
  3. Contents
  4. Ultra Four-Ace Trick - Billy Bell
  5. Fifty-Fifty - S. Stern
    • Second Method
    • Suggestions for Preparing Props
  6. Drum Head Tube Routine - James Reneaux
  7. Simple Memorization
  8. re: Goodliffe
  9. re: Monk Watson
  10. The Spider and the Pips - Lu Brant
  11. Predicto - A Super Mental Card Test - Roxy
  12. Some Patter in Rhyme
    • Dyeing or Color Changing
    • For Children's Shows
    • For Dyeing Other Colors ...
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 18 (1953) by Percy Abbott

January 1953 - December 1953
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

385 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 18, Number 1 - January 1953 - 32 pages
  2. With the Editor - Percy Abbott
  3. Contents
  4. Magical Card Finesse - Jerry Hornak
    • Sleights with Cards
      • A Rare Control
      • A Succeeding Control
      • Riffle Strip Control
      • Three Controls
        • Basic Move
        • 1 - Side Slip Action
        • 2 - Palm Slip Action
        • 3 - The Crimp Action
      • Ace Control
  5. Remember Twenty-Two - Dr. Maurice
  6. Some Magical Twists - V. C. Kitchen
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 17 (1952) by Percy Abbott

January 1952 - December 1952
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

385 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 17, Number 1 - January 1952 - 32 pages
  2. With the Editor - Mel
  3. Contents
  4. A Novel Ring Release - Oswald Harrington
  5. Three Minds and a Card - A Different Working Method - Roxy
  6. Bird Cage in Square Circle - Louis Ward
  7. A Flash Billiard Ball Sleight - Cleveland Miller, Jr.
  8. Color Changing Balls - Prince Drakon
  9. Two E-Z Card Sleights - Roxy
  10. Astrologia - Howard P. Albright - continued
    • Sealed Message Reading Routine No. 2
    • Prompter-Cards for Use in Connection...
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 16 (1951) by Percy Abbott

January 1951 - December 1951
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

385 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 16, Number 1 - January 1951 - 32 pages
  2. With the Editor - Mel
  3. Contents
  4. Lota-Gorda - George F. Wright
  5. Sid Lorraine's Chatter - Good Wishes
  6. Matching the Card - Carl C. Newbold
  7. Spotting the Spot - Eddie Joseph
  8. Envelope and Handkerchief - Augustus Rapp
  9. Coin and Matchbox Effect - Joseph Ovette
  10. [Stewart] James Case Dismissed
  11. So It's Laughs You Want! - Bob Brethen
    • Fun with Talking Teeth
    • The Party - A Skit with Talking Teeth
  12. A Card in Balloon Idea - Joseph...
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 15 (1950) by Percy Abbott

January 1950 - December 1950
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

385 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 15, Number 1 - January 1950 - 32 pages
  2. With the Editor - Mel
  3. Contents
  4. Wright's Steal Pass - George F. Wright
  5. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • Death of Tom Bowyer
    • reviews
      • Mental Magic - Al Baker
    • Origin of the Center Tear
    • Questions and Answers
  6. cartoon - Otho Blake
  7. A Close-Up Fooler - Clettis V. Musson
  8. Passed Through a Flame - Ken de Courcy
  9. For Vents Only - George McAthy
    • Dialog - Ed Hall ...
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 14 (1949) by Percy Abbott

January 1949 - December 1949
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

385 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 14, Number 1 - January 1949 - 32 pages
  2. With the Editor - Mel
  3. Contents
  4. An Appreciation! - Percy Abbott - re: Howard Melson
  5. A Toast to the Flag
  6. New Indianapolis Store Open
  7. re: Edgar Bergen & Jim Sherman
  8. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • reviews
      • new effect from Eddie Joseph
      • Forbidden Wisdom - Howard Albright
      • I.O.U. - C. V. Tebbetis
      • Six Foolers with a Miniature Skull - Eddie Joseph - re; Skullo
      • Laugh Card ...
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 13 (1948) by Percy Abbott

January 1948 - December 1948
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

393 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 13, Number 1 - January 1948 - 32 pages
  2. Cover - Bill Baird
  3. With the Editor - Mel
  4. Contents
  5. Bill Baird - "BB" for Billiard Balls!
  6. Cook Heads Montana Magi
  7. re: Dr. Aaron Weiss
  8. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • Questions and Answers
  9. Vancouver Magic Circle
  10. re: Herb Antes
  11. re: J. C. Bisbee
  12. Thought Lost (or The Flying Signature) - R. F. Sparks
  13. Features Abbott Effects - photo - re: Tommy Windsor
  14. Panama Rope Trick Idea - Carroll...
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 12 (1947) by Percy Abbott

January 1947 - December 1947
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

393 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 12, Number 1 - January 1947 - 32 pages
  2. Cover - Kathryne Campbell
  3. With the Editor - Mel
  4. Contents
  5. Kathryne Campbell - Vent with Loring!
  6. Colorado Magicians Honor [J. B.] Bobo
  7. re: John Musselman
  8. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • reviews
      • You Don't Have To Be Crazy Bit It Helps - Francis Ireland
      • Million-Dollar Bridge and Poker Demonstartions - Thompson
      • Dope Sheet - Tommy Windsor
      • 12 Ways to Use The Comedy Lit Cigar...
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 11 (1946) by Percy Abbott

January 1946 - December 1946
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

385 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 11, Number 1 - January 1946 - 32 pages
  2. Cover - Duke Stern
  3. With the Editor - Mel
  4. Contents
  5. Duke Stern - Gay Musicican-Magician
  6. Ideas on "Repeat-It" - J. Milton Crowson
  7. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • reviews
      • More Tips on Tricks - Milbourne Christopher
      • Hugard's Magic Monthly, Volumes 1 & 2 - bound volume
      • My Best - J. G. Thompson, Jr., compiler
      • The Owl - periodical
    • Questions and Answers
  8. re:...
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 10 (1945) by Percy Abbott

January 1945 - December 1945
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

385 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 10, Number 1 - January 1945 - 32 pages
  2. Cover - Cazan
  3. With the Editor - Mel
  4. Contents
  5. Cazan - The Girl Houdini!
  6. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • reviews
      • The Trick Brain - Dariel Fitzkee
      • The Modern Magi, November
      • Card Mastery - Michael MacDougall
    • Questions and Answers
  7. Magic Promotes War Drives
  8. Drink Your Milk - Gene Gloye
  9. Stoogeless Tie Trick - Sheldon Levy
  10. Or Would You Rather Be a Dope? - McAthy's...
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Percy Abbott
Tops Volume 1 (1936) by Percy Abbott

January 1936 - December 1936
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor

585 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 1, Number 1 - January 1936 - 36 pages
  2. The Policy of this Magazine
  3. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
  4. Trading Center - announcement
  5. Magicians Are The "Tops" - Alvin Richard Plough
  6. We Remember - Lester Lake (Marvelo)
  7. Our Nobel Prize For Today
    • Percy Abbott
  8. Continual Production of Lighted Pipes - Lu-Brent
  9. Why Not A Contest?
  10. I'm Telling You - H. Adrian Smith
    • Snooping Around In Magic
  11. Editorial - Percy Abbott
  12. The Coin Cards - W. C. Oates
  13. Tops and...
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Percy Abbott
Tops all Volumes 1-22 (1936-1957) by Percy Abbott

Tops was the house organ of the Abbott Magic & Novelty Co. Percy Abbott, the company founder and owner, served as the magazine's first editor as well as publisher. In 1940, Howard "Mel" Melson, Abbott's staff artist, began editing Tops, and continued doing so until his death in 1957, when the magazine ceased publication. It was succeeded in 1961 by The New Tops.

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Neil Foster
Tops 1967 Trick Annual by Neil Foster
  • Contents
  • Thoughtography - Sid Lorraine
  • Danger - Men at Work - Bert Douglas
  • Hangman's-Noose Escape - North Bigbee
  • Jiggery-Pokery Joe - Eddie Joseph
  • Diapiresis - Jimmy Nuzzo
  • The Passing of the New Hoodoo - Stewart James
  • Borrowed Thoughts - Joseph K. Schmidt
  • Magical Hints - Mercer Helms, Jr.
    • "Acrysol" - cleaner-degreaser
    • "Classic Car Wax" for slick ace effects
  • The Cigar Bottom Deal - Edward Marlo
    • Full Grip Deal
    • The Pseudo Method
    • Push Pull Bottom Deal
  • Bell's Box - Peter Warlock
  • Zombanner - Carlos H. Colombi ...
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Neil Foster
Tops 1966 Trick Annual by Neil Foster
  • Contents
  • Don't Shoot Until You See the Whites of Their Eggs! - George McAthy
  • An Experiment in Magic - Hiohn C. Sherwood
    • Addendum
  • Ideas & Patter For Some New & Old Ones - John C. Sherwood
    • The Commercial
    • The Torture Cabinet of Goldtoe
    • Addendum
    • The Floating Thief
  • The Oriental Mystery Cage - Jack La Wain
  • Karrell's Bloomers - Karrell Fox
  • Variation on "The Wonderful Vanish" - T. E. Westcott
  • A Snakey-Routine - Joseph M. White
  • Giant Color Change With Silk - Robert E. Olson
  • More "Batty" Ideas - Dale Salwak
    • Hippity...
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Neil Foster
Tops 1965 Trick Annual by Neil Foster
  • Index
  • Be An Entertainer - Mercer Helms
  • Tangle Trickery - Sid Lorraine
  • Stickshift - Harry George & Tom Reitze
  • Faro Slough Offs - Jimmy Nuzzo
    • A Variation
  • Lighting a Cigarette by Magic - Eddie Joseph
    • Self-Lighting Cigarette
  • Mentalist Question Cards - Gerald Kosky
  • The Bill and Nail - H. P. Albright
  • Flame-Butterfly Illusion - North Bigbee and Paul J. Siegel
  • Korny Bill Collection - Karrell Fox
  • The Z-A-N-E-Y Lights - Walter Zaney Blaney
  • Abbott's Vanishing Cage & Girl Illusion
  • Hippity-Hop Skeletons - Dale Salwak
  • Chink Can Comedy...
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Neil Foster
Tops 1964 Trick Annual by Neil Foster
  • A Bog O' Balls - Sid Lorraine
  • G. A. G. - Howard Fingert
  • Lunar Probe - Colin Smith
  • Much Ado About Nothing - A Whole Act - Everett Lyda
  • The Golden Spike Cabinet Illusion - Malcolm Campbell
  • A Fish Story - Herb Runge
  • Instant Vanish Illusion - North Bigbee
  • Cartoon - Blake
  • Flip Tear Dove Vanish - Don Kellar
  • The Fantastic Ribbons - Clettus V. Musson
  • Beauty and the Least - Karrell Fox
  • Ink to Flowers - A. D. Banarjee
  • Tape Recorder Prediction - Gerald Kosky
  • China Lingo - Fedko
  • Rope Acto - Fedko
  • Hanko - Fedko
  • Colombi's Card Prediction - Carlos H. Colombi ...
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Neil Foster
Tops 1963 Trick Annual by Neil Foster
  1. dedication page
  2. Contents
  3. Lift Off! - Ren Fetzer
  4. Divination and Coincidence With ESP Cards - Stewart Judah
  5. Kid Show Trick - George McAthy
  6. Original Homing Card Routine - Edward Marlo
  7. Five Plus One For The Magical Connoisseur - 'Mr. Mack'
    • Watch the Birdie
    • The Manchurian Termite
    • The Stool Pigeon
    • 16" Sunflower Production
    • Performing Fleas
    • Hole in Fore
  8. Silk, Cage & Coil Canister - Tommy Windsor
  9. 2 cartoons - O. Blake
  10. The Sympathetic Kings and Queens Reworked - John Braun
  11. cartoon - O. Blake
  12. The Tieless Tie - Eddie Joseph
  13. Tribute to Okito - Dennis R. Loomis
  14. "Pogo Ball" Explained and Explored - Norman...
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