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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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    Goldston's Magical Quarterly (1934 - 1940) by Will Goldston    Goldston's Magical Quarterly Volume 6 (Dec 1939 - Sep 1940) by Will Goldston    Goldston's Magical Quarterly Volume 5 (Dec 1938 - Sep 1939) by Will Goldston    Goldston's Magical Quarterly Volume 4 (Dec 1937 - Sep 1938) by Will Goldston    Goldston's Magical Quarterly Volume 3 (Jun 1936 - Mar 1937) by Will Goldston    Goldston's Magical Quarterly Volume 2 (Jun 1935 - Apr 1936) by Will Goldston    Goldston's Magical Quarterly Volume 1 (Jun 1934 - Mar 1935) by Will Goldston    Abraca-Poof March 2019 by Brian T. Lees    Conjurers' Monthly Magazine All Volumes (1906 - 1908) by Harry Houdini    Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Volume 2 (Sep 1907 - Aug 1908) by Harry Houdini    Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Volume 1 (Sep 1906 - Aug 1907) by Harry Houdini    Magazine of Magic (1914 - 1922) by Will Goldston    Magazine of Magic Volume 9 (Apr 1921 - May 1922) by Will Goldston    Magazine of Magic Volume 8 (Oct 1920 - Mar 1921) by Will Goldston    Magazine of Magic Volume 7 (Dec 1919 - May 1920) by Will Goldston    Magazine of Magic Volume 6 (Jun 1917 - Nov 1917) by Will Goldston    Magazine of Magic Volume 5 (Dec 1916 - May 1917) by    Magazine of Magic Volume 4 (Jun 1916 - Nov 1916) by Will Goldston    Magazine of Magic Volume 3 (Oct 1915 - Mar 1916) by Will Goldston    Magazine of Magic Volume 2 (Apr 1915 - Sep 1915) by Will Goldston    Magazine of Magic Volume 1 (Oct 1914 - Mar 1915) by Will Goldston    Magical Bulletin all 13 Volumes (1914 - 1948) by Louis F. Christianer & Floyd Gerald Thayer    Magical Bulletin Volume 13 (June 1948, Fall 1948) by William W. Larsen    Magical Bulletin Volume 12 (November 1924 - May 1925) by Floyd Gerald Thayer    Magical Bulletin Volume 11 (November 1923 - October 1924) by Floyd Gerald Thayer    Magical Bulletin Volume 10 (June 1922 - October 1923) by Floyd Gerald Thayer    Magical Bulletin Volume 9 (January 1921 - May 1922) by Floyd Gerald Thayer    Magical Bulletin Volume 8 (1920) by Floyd Gerald Thayer    Magical Bulletin Volume 7 (1919) by Floyd Gerald Thayer    Magical Bulletin Volume 6 (1918) by Floyd Gerald Thayer    Magical Bulletin Volume 5 (1917) by Floyd Gerald Thayer    Magical Bulletin Volume 4 (1916) by Floyd Gerald Thayer    Magical Bulletin Volume 3 (1915) by Floyd Gerald Thayer    Magical Bulletin Volume 2 (July - December 1914) by Floyd Gerald Thayer    Magical Bulletin Volume 1 (January - June 1914) by Louis F. Christianer & Floyd Gerald Thayer    Magicseen No. 84 (Jan 2019) by Mark Leveridge & Graham Hey & Phil Shaw    Abraca-Poof February 2019 by Brian T. Lees    Abraca-Poof January 2019 by Brian T. Lees    Conjuring Record (Apr 1913 - Feb 1915) by Van K. Allison    Magicseen (2017) Volume 13 by Mark Leveridge & Graham Hey & Phil Shaw    Magicseen (2016) Volume 12 by Mark Leveridge & Graham Hey & Phil Shaw    Magicseen (2015) Volume 11 by Mark Leveridge & Graham Hey & Phil Shaw    Magicseen (2014) Volume 10 by Mark Leveridge & Graham Hey & Phil Shaw    Magicseen (2013) Volume 9 by Mark Leveridge & Graham Hey & Phil Shaw    Abraca-Poof December 2018 by Brian T. Lees    Magicseen No. 83 (Nov 2018) by Mark Leveridge & Graham Hey & Phil Shaw    Abraca-Poof November 2018 by Brian T. Lees    Magicseen No. 82 (Sep 2018) by Mark Leveridge & Graham Hey & Phil Shaw    Top Hat Volume 2 Issue 15 (Sep 2018) by Michael Jay    Abraca-Poof October 2018 by Brian T. Lees

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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.
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Volume 1 (Sep 1906 - Aug 1907) by Harry Houdini
  1. Conjurers' Monthly Magazine - Volume 1, Number 1 - September, 1906 - 32 pages
  2. Salutatory
  3. Unknown Facts Concerning Robert Houdin - Harry Houdini
  4. American Magician Balked [re: Arthur E. Kramer]
  5. Notes From Theo. Hardeen, Our Official European Correspondent [English Notes]
    • On Board the Kronprinz Wilhelm - August 2, 1906
  6. Notes from Our Special European Correspondent - Herr. N. Osey [German Notes]
  7. Death's Roll Call
    • Max Rossner
  8. Reading and Rubbish - Reviewing Books and Tricks from the Press Wise, and Otherwise - Harry Handcuff Houdini
    • Old and New Magic - Henry Ridgely Evans
  9. photograph - Max Rossner
  10. Our Mail...
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Magazine of Magic (1914 - 1922) by Will GoldstonA total of nine volumes spanning the time from October 1914 to May 1922.
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Magazine of Magic Volume 9 (Apr 1921 - May 1922) by Will Goldston144 pages
  1. The Magazine of Magic - Volume 9 - bound volume cover and Index
  2. Index

  1. The Magazine of Magic - Volume 9, Number 1 - April, 1921 - 20 pages
  2. Contents
  3. Dr. "S."A.M. Wilson Objects!
  4. Cartoon - A. M. Wilson in Magic World
  5. Our Views
    • Magical Depots
  6. The Great Maurice [with photograph]
  7. News Notes and Notices
  8. The Magicians' Club
    • Magicians' Club Dinner to Compeer and Mrs. H. Rea Fitch
    • Our Welcome by the Magicians' Club
    • Who? - Mr. & Mrs. H. Rea Fitch
  9. Accepted for Review - Geoffrey Clayton
    • The Magic Art - Donald Holmes
  10. Herbert Brooks Retires from Magic
  11. American...
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Magazine of Magic Volume 8 (Oct 1920 - Mar 1921) by Will Goldston148 pages
  1. The Magazine of Magic - Volume 8 - bound volume cover and Index
  2. Index

  1. The Magazine of Magic - Volume 8, Number 1 - October, 1920 - 24 pages
  2. Contents
  3. Our Views
    • The Coming Season
  4. Oswald Williams - article & photograph
  5. News Notes and Notices
  6. The Magicians' Club
    • Opening Night of the Season
    • New Members
  7. Mediums and Magic - Harry Price
  8. Tricks, Tips & Talk
    1. The Newest Rising Cards - Invented by Will Goldston
    2. Silver from Copper
    3. Which Pencil is in the Box? - Charles W. Seers
    4. The Alan Adair Billiard Ball Stand
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Magazine of Magic Volume 7 (Dec 1919 - May 1920) by Will Goldston
  1. The Magazine of Magic - Volume 7 - bound volume cover and Index
  2. Index

  1. The Magazine of Magic - Volume 7, Number 1 - December, 1919 - 24 pages
  2. Contents
  3. Our Views
    • Magic Must Flourish Again
  4. Will Goldston's More Exclusive Magical Secrets
  5. Welcome!
  6. Recent Publications - Geoffrey Clayton
    • More Miscellaneous Magic - Percy Naldrett
    • Original Mysteries for Magicians - Brunel White
  7. News Notes and Notices
  8. Back to Life - Guy K. Austin
  9. Tricks, Tips and Talk - Contributed by Arthur Ainslie, "Delveen", "Karnack", G. W. Hunter, "Yettmah", Will Goldston
    1. The New Bangle...
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Magazine of Magic Volume 6 (Jun 1917 - Nov 1917) by Will Goldston
  1. The Magazine of Magic - Volume 6 - bound volume cover and Index
  2. Index

  1. The Magazine of Magic - Volume 6, Number 1 - June, 1917 - 16 pages
  2. Contents
  3. For the Soldiers - An Appeal by Will Goldston
  4. Our Views
    • The Old Order Changeth
  5. Correspondence
    • from Hugh Herring
    • from G. Clayton
  6. News Notes and Notices
  7. The Perpetual Almanac
  8. The Dissolving Cigar and Glass
  9. My Magical Pupils - Will Goldston
  10. Tricks, Tips and Talk - Contributed by C. Thompson, Anon., Will Goldston
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    2. Telescopic Flag Rod
    3. The Tweezers Trick
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Magazine of Magic Volume 5 (Dec 1916 - May 1917) by
  1. The Magazine of Magic - Volume 5 - bound volume cover and Index
  2. Index

  1. The Magazine of Magic - Volume 5, Number 1 - December, 1916 - 16 pages
  2. Contents
  3. Magical Questions & Answers - A. Ainslie
  4. Our Views
    • The Christmas Wishes
  5. Cartoon - "Carlton" Taking a Call - Will Scott
  6. News Notes and Notices
  7. Tricks, Tips and Talk - Contributed by "Welshneck", E. E. Smith, Will Golston
    1. The New Production Chimneys - "Welshneck"
    2. The New Dove Pan - E. E. Smith
  8. New Patter for Popular Tricks
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Magazine of Magic Volume 4 (Jun 1916 - Nov 1916) by Will Goldston
  1. The Magazine of Magic - Volume 4 - bound volume cover and Index
  2. Index

  1. The Magazine of Magic - Volume 4, Number 1 - June, 1916 - 16 pages
  2. Contents
  3. Our Views
  4. Interview and Photograph - Theo. Bamberg
  5. News Notes and Notices
  6. Magicians of the Past
    • No. 6 - Alexander Herrmann
  7. Tricks, Tips and Talk - Contributed by Chris Van Bern, Gordon Freeman, Stanley Collins, E. B. Cole, "Alba", Prof. Hoffman, Theo. Bamberg, B. B. Low
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Magazine of Magic Volume 3 (Oct 1915 - Mar 1916) by Will Goldston
  1. The Magazine of Magic - Volume 3 - bound volume cover and Index
  2. Index

  1. The Magazine of Magic - Volume 3, Number 1 - October, 1915 - 32 pages
  2. Contents
  3. Our Views
    • The Second Year
  4. cartoon - Gordon Freeman
  5. News Notes and Notices
  6. The Theodore Bamberg Section - A Chinese Wonder
    • The Production of a Marble Pedestal and Fire Bowl
  7. Tricks, Tips and Talk - Contributed by "Alba", Woolf-Clyne, "Welshneck", E. E. Smith, Harry Exley
    1. Billiard Ball Squeezed from Thumb
    2. The Famous Drum Head Tube - Patter - Woolf-Clyne
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Magazine of Magic Volume 2 (Apr 1915 - Sep 1915) by Will Goldston
  1. The Magazine of Magic - Volume 2 - bound volume cover and Index
  2. Index

  1. The Magazine of Magic - Volume 2, Number 1 - April, 1915 - 32 pages
  2. Contents
  3. Our Views
    • The Second Volume
  4. News Notes and Notices
  5. De Biere's Appearing Billiard Ball
  6. The Cubitt Section
    • Hop, Skip and Jump
  7. The Malcolm-Movas Section
    • The Dematerialisation of a Ghost
  8. Magical Mems - Professor Hoffmann
    • The Elusive Card
  9. Stage Sketching - Eric Stone
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  10. My Tricks and how to Work Them - Stanley Collins
    • Improved Penetrating Card Effect
  11. Gautier's Astral...
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