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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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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Paul Romhany
Vanish Magazine Year 1 (Apr 2012 - Mar 2013) by Paul Romhany
"We have been readers of Vanish Magazine since day one and love watching it's continued success and growth since its inception. We love the ease and convenience of downloading each issue, yet it has the feel and layout of a real magazine. What more could you ask for? MORE VANISH MAGAZINES!!!" - Michael Giles

"ALL the Vanish magazines are with me everywhere I go (on my laptop and mobile devices) so that I can read them while I'm on the road and refer back to all the great articles whenever I want to. Vanish magazine is the best collection of articles by working professionals. It gives you...

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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 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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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.

Get the other years as well: 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

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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.

Get the other years as well: 2000 2002 2003 2004 2005

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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.

Get the other years as well: 2000 2001 2003 2004 2005

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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.

Get the other years as well: 2000 2001 2002 2004 2005

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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.

Get the other years as well: 2000 2001 2002 2003 2005

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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.

Get the other years as well: 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004

329 pages

$20
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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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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 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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