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Some of the biggest treasures can be found in old magazines. 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 magazines. 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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Mark Leveridge & Graham Hey & Phil Shaw

Magicseen No. 87 (July 2019) by Mark Leveridge & Graham Hey & Phil ShawVol. 15, No. 3, July 2019; 60 pages
Cover: Peter Turner
  1. A Word From The Editor
  2. Contents
  3. The Mailbox - Your View - Have Your Say
  4. Peter Turner: His Majesty of Mind Manipulation - cover article/interview by Graham Hey
  5. Masterclass
    1. Riffle Four - Chiam Yu Sheng
    2. Book of the Fallen - Peter Turner
  6. Shout Outs - Here are some special 'extra' announcements from a few of our regular advertisers
  7. Reinventing the Magic Model - Jez Rose
  8. Live Review - Monday Night Magic - The Players Theatre, New York - review by Phil Shaw
  9. The Strolling Mentalist - Mark Leveridge
  10. Pros & Cons - "It's a good idea to feature routines...
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Brian T. Lees

Abraca-Poof August 2019 by Brian T. Lees
  • One Thing You Never Hear
  • Transporting Materials
  • Professional Show Development
  • Performance Investment
  • Oops, now what?
  • Website
  • What's in it for Me?
  • Assistant Cosmetic or Tool

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2019 / 7 / 29
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Wilford Hutchinson

Conjurers Chronicle by Wilford HutchinsonThis house organ ran from May 1919 until February 1940. Each issue had 8 pages and was mostly filled with ads for items Hutchinson retailed. However most issues also included a trick contribution or effect (see below for the list of contents). The most interesting contribution is Graham Adams' Card Work, a series of his favorite effects, moves and in particular his take and fondness of Erdnase.
  • Volume 1
    • The Evolution of the Flags / Wilford Hutchinson
    • The "C.H." Sympathetic Blocks / Cecil Heygate
    • The Mysterious Glass Frames (stage illusion) / B. Wayre
    • The "Flu" Trick / Jas. H. Smith (The Naval...
2019 / 7 / 1
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Brian T. Lees

Abraca-Poof July 2019 by Brian T. Lees
  • Same Show Over and Over
  • Blog/Journal
  • Productive Rehearsal
  • Referrals Out of Shelf Life
  • That's Old
  • Projection
  • Never End Articles

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Brian T. Lees

Abraca-Poof June 2019 by Brian T. Lees
  • Opening in June
  • Productive Rehearsal
  • Body Language / Gestures
  • Power of 10
  • Bad Mouth
  • Reach Out to your Referrals
  • Warm Ups
  • Hand Lotion

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Mark Leveridge & Graham Hey & Phil Shaw

Magicseen No. 86 (May 2019) by Mark Leveridge & Graham Hey & Phil ShawVol. 15, No. 2, May 2019; 60 pages
Cover: Henry Harrius
  1. A Word From The Editor
  2. Contents
  3. The Mailbox – Your View – Have Your Say
  4. Harry Harrius - cover article/interview
  5. Masterclass
    1. 2 Out of 3 Will – Simon Caine
    2. 1809 Blank – Chiam Yu Shang
  6. cartoon – Sergey Diomin
  7. Shout Outs – Here are some special ‘extra’ announcements from a few of our regular advertisers
  8. Look The Other Way – Considering the Art of Misdirection – Mark Leveridge
  9. Club Land - Magic in South Africa – Part 2) – Ricki Gray, compiler
    • Cape Town Magicians’ Circle
    • College of Magic ...
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Jon Racherbaumer

The Legendary Kabbala (1971-1981) by Jon RacherbaumerThe meaning of Kabbala, translated from Hebrew, means something received and handed down. This definition resonates. Knowledge of magic, after all, is handed down from generation to generation, from magician to magician, and from teacher to disciple. Prior to xerography and personal computers, most magical knowledge was transmitted in this primitive, semi-private, and intimate means. Word-of-mouth reigned supreme and to a certain extent still does.

The magic scene in the Seventies was a blooming, buzzing place, atwitter with contentiousness and creativity. Close-up magic, particularly with...

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Brian T. Lees

Abraca-Poof May 2019 by Brian T. Lees
  • Marketing Materials
  • Inventory Clearance
  • Book Ahead
  • Magicians Are Not Robots
  • Added Value
  • Google Play Cards Scam
  • What's in it for me?
  • Thank You Albuquerque
  • Make Mine a Double

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Mark Leveridge & Graham Hey & Phil Shaw

Magicseen No. 85 (Mar 2019) by Mark Leveridge & Graham Hey & Phil ShawVol. 15, No. 1, March 2019; 60 pages
Cover: Gary Jones
  1. A Word From The Editor
  2. Contents
  3. The Mailbox - Your View - Have Your Say
  4. Gary Jones: Life's a Beach! - cover article/interview by Graham Hey
  5. In The Phonebox with Terence Trent D'Arby
  6. Masterclass
    1. T&R Card Penetration - Jeramy Neugin
    2. Metal Sheep - Gary Jones
  7. Lookalikes - Brian Lead
  8. Edward Hilsum: Doves to Downing Street! - interview by Graham Hey
  9. Shout Outs - Here are some special 'extra' announcements from a few of our regular advertisers
  10. Club Land - Magic in South Africa - S.A.M.S. (South African Magical Society) -...
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Brian T. Lees

Abraca-Poof April 2019 by Brian T. Lees
  • No Warning 20 Minute Spot
  • MyBackStageMagic.com
  • Competition Results
  • Magician's Profile
  • Cost and Value
  • Sponsors for Shows
  • Best Lessons from Unknowns

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2019 / 3 / 28
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Will Goldston

Goldston's Magical Quarterly (1934 - 1940) by Will GoldstonThis bundle includes all issues including the two page supplement from volume 5 which is missing in most files. This magazine was cut short due to the start of WWII. It is an eclectic collection of - at that time - completely new and innovative tricks, apparatus, and effects. It also covers the magic scene with reports, reviews and other newsworthy contributions. Will Goldston was very well connected and could draw contributions from the best magicians world-wide.
2019 / 3 / 6
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Will Goldston

Goldston's Magical Quarterly Volume 6 (Dec 1939 - Sep 1940) by Will Goldston84 pages
  1. Goldston's Magical Quarterly - Volume 6 - 2 pages - originally at the end of the file
  2. Volume 6 Index

  1. Goldston's Magical Quarterly - Volume 6, Number 1 - December, 1939 - 24 pages
  2. Contents
  3. Will Goldston wishes all Readers in the Army, Navy and Air Force ... A Happy Christmas and Good Luck in 1940
  4. Book Reviews - Charles Hepworth
    • Books
      • Entertaining Children With Magic - Eddie Clever
  5. Editorial
  6. Ventriloquism in War Time - Arthur Prince
  7. News of Magicians
  8. The Magicians' Club
  9. The Aladdin Brotherhood of Magicians
  10. Contributed By
    1. Two Tiny...
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Will Goldston

Goldston's Magical Quarterly Volume 5 (Dec 1938 - Sep 1939) by Will Goldston111 pages [1 double page]
  1. Goldston's Magical Quarterly - Volume 5 - 2 pages - originally at the end of the file
  2. Volume 5 Index

  1. Goldston's Magical Quarterly - Volume 5, Number 1 - December, 1938 - 40 pages
  2. Contents
  3. Editorial
  4. Let's Have Spectacle - Hilaire White
  5. Seen This Trick? - John Carpenter
  6. News of Magicians
  7. Contributed By
    1. The Mexican Coin Vanish - Rupert H. Slater
    2. Two Good Tricks for Your Christmas Party - J. P. Donovan
      • Is Seeing Believing?
      • A Coin and a Packet of Cigarettes - Gravity Defied
    3. The Mysogynist - Capt. J. R. Cleland
    4. Production of Flags...
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Will Goldston

Goldston's Magical Quarterly Volume 4 (Dec 1937 - Sep 1938) by Will Goldston96 pages
  1. Goldston's Magical Quarterly - Volume 4 - 2 pages - originally at the end of the file
  2. Volume 4 Index

  1. Goldston's Magical Quarterly - Volume 4, Number 1 - December, 1937 - 24 pages
  2. Contents
  3. Editorial
  4. News of Magicians
  5. What is a Book Club Worth? - Hilaire White
  6. Reviews - Charles Hepworth
    • Books
      • It's Fun to be Fooled - Horace Goldin
      • Keith Clark's Encyclopedia of Cigarette Tricks
      • Aus Eins Mach Zehn - Ottokar Fischer
      • Watch Me Closely - Louis Lam
      • General Magic - Will Dale
  7. Contributed By
    1. "Zara" Passing a Solid Steel Rod...
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Will Goldston

Goldston's Magical Quarterly Volume 3 (Jun 1936 - Mar 1937) by Will Goldston160 pages
  1. Goldston's Magical Quarterly - Volume 3 - 2 pages - originally at the end of the file
  2. Volume 3 Index

  1. Goldston's Magical Quarterly - Volume 3, Number 1 - Summer, 1936 - 40 pages
  2. Contents
  3. Editorial
  4. Elections, 1936
  5. Question of the Next Wearer of Thurston's Mantle - Caryl S. Fleming
  6. Contributed By
    1. Divination with Cards - Hubert Elliott
    2. Thought Reading Extraordinary
    3. A New Billiard Ball Producer - E. Lewis Philpot
    4. Okito's Inexhaustible Chinese Mat
  7. Don't Discard Your Old Apparatus - Will Goldston
  8. Bodies for Burial - A Short Story - Howard Jones
  9. Ceeley...
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Will Goldston

Goldston's Magical Quarterly Volume 2 (Jun 1935 - Apr 1936) by Will Goldston160 pages
  1. Goldston's Magical Quarterly - Volume 2 - 2 pages - originally at the end of the file
  2. Volume 2 Index

  1. Goldston's Magical Quarterly - Volume 2, Number 1 - Summer, 1935 - 40 pages
  2. Contents
  3. Editorial
  4. Elections 1935
  5. A Letter to all Members of the Magicians' Club - Horace Goldin
  6. Contributed By
    1. A Trick for Card Manipulators - Royal V. Heath
    2. Mento-Test Card Effect - John B. Ward
    3. The Melting Knot - E. Brenton Jennings
    4. Writes Right - Rupert H. Slater
    5. Cyro's Mass Production
    6. The Mysterious Cut
    7. A Goldin Flight - Horace Goldin
    8. The "Do It Again" Rope...
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Will Goldston

Goldston's Magical Quarterly Volume 1 (Jun 1934 - Mar 1935) by Will Goldston160 pages
  1. Goldston's Magical Quarterly - Volume 1 - 2 pages - originally at the end of the file
  2. Volume 1 Index

  1. Goldston's Magical Quarterly - Volume 1, Number 1 - Summer, 1934 - 36 pages
  2. Contents
  3. Editorial
  4. A Word to Students - Louis Gautier
  5. Elections
  6. Contributed By
    1. An Original Bowl and Silk Production - Shu Foo Yai
    2. The Human Penetration Mystery - "Cyro"
    3. Coincidence Extraordinary - Brian Godfrey
    4. "Could You Deal Me a Nap Hand?" - G. W. Hunter
    5. Simplified Reckoning with Hammond's Set-Up Pack - Carlo Rossetti
    6. A Good Production Tube - Le Walke
    7. Cutting a Cigarette...
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Brian T. Lees

Abraca-Poof March 2019 by Brian T. Lees
  • Trick Sold / Secret Told
  • Sixpack Product Review
  • Performance Mistakes
  • Point Of Law
  • Cheap Magic
  • Competition
  • Change Things Up

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Harry Houdini

Conjurers' Monthly Magazine All Volumes (1906 - 1908) by Harry HoudiniIn 1906 Houdini released his own magic publication the Conjurers' Monthly Magazine. It was short-lived and in large part an organ for Houdini to voice his personal opinions and grievances. Nevertheless, several historically important and interesting articles can be found in this magazine.

815 pages

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Harry Houdini

Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Volume 2 (Sep 1907 - Aug 1908) by Harry Houdini
  1. Conjurers' Monthly Magazine - Volume 2, Number 1 - September, 1907 - 48 pages
  2. editorial
  3. Robert Houdin's Proper Place in the History of Magic - Harry Houdini - has had the rights purchased to be published as a book
  4. History Makers in the World of Magic - Harry Houdini
    • Ludwig Leopold Döbler
  5. London Notes - Theo. Hardeen
  6. Viennese Notes by Herr Ottokar Fischer
  7. Harry Day
  8. Reading and Rubbish - Reviewing Books and Tricks from the Press Wise, and Otherwise
    • More Novel Notions - Robertson Keene
  9. photographs of magicians [8 pages]
  10. Spirits and Ghosts
  11. Our Mail Bag
    • Alexander...
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