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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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Scott Davis
Seance Magazine by Scott Davis

Seance Magazine - a quarterly magazine devoted to spirit magic - was published from fall 1988 until summer of 1991, a total of 12 issues. This is a facsimile reproduction including every published page and every tipped in sheet of advertisement.

This magazine is considered one of the best publications on theatrical seances with contributions by legends such as Eugene Burger, Tony Andruzzi, Phil Goldstein (Max Maven), T.A. Waters, Punx, Bob Baker, Lee Earle, Jim Magus, and others, and of course Scott Davis himself. It is a great source for performances during Halloween and other spooky or bizarre performances. ...

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Jon Racherbaumer
The Legendary Kabbala (1971-1981) by Jon Racherbaumer

The 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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Wilford Hutchinson
Conjurers Chronicle by Wilford Hutchinson

This 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...
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Edward Bagshawe
The Magical Monthly by Edward Bagshawe

Edward Bagshawe was a very creative and innovative English magician. The Magical Monthly ran from October 1923 until September 1926 (Volume 3, No. 13), more than 600 pages strong. From the foreword to the new magazine:

In presenting for your delectation the first issue of The Magical Monthly, a few words regarding our aims and policy may not be out of place.

The publication will be an absolutely independent one; our sole aim in presenting it is to offer, for professional and amateur magicians alike, an up-to-date and promptly issued magical magazine, devoted exclusively to their interests....

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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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Dale A. Hildebrandt
Eulogy: Issue 1 by Dale A. Hildebrandt

With contributions from Dale A. Hildebrandt, Luca Volpe, Ken Muller, and Andreu the annual e-journal "Eulogy" is sure to intrigue, please, and delight. Of particular interest to those who love readings will be Luca Volpe's contribution. "Trumped" by Dale A. Hildebrandt provides a piece you might be able to use during the current (2016) election proceedings in the USA. There are other pieces, some amusing, some serious, and some theory that will help you further your magic.

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Jean Hugard & Milbourne Christopher
Hugard's Magic Monthly by Jean Hugard & Milbourne Christopher

Hugard's Magic Monthly consists of almost 2500 pages in 21 volumes and is packed with contributions from the finest artists and thinkers magic has to offer. People like Victor Farelli, Ted Annemann, Martin Gardner, Harry Lorayne, Milbourne Christopher, Ross Bertram, George Kaplan, Cliff Green, Fred Braue and Hugard himself. The subtitle says it all 'Devoted solely to the interests of magic and magicians'.

Jean Hugard and Fred Braue wrote some of the most read magic books in magic history, such as The Royal Road to Card Magic and Expert Card Technique. A good part of Martin Gardner's Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic Tricks can be found in Hugard's Magic Monthly. It featured book reviews by John J. Crimmins Jr., and the famous Frank Joglar...

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Wesley James
The Complete Mojo by Wesley James

From November 2006 through October 2007 Wesley James—one of the last of the under-ground legends of magic—wrote, edited and released 12 issues of an e-zine containing some of the most sophisticated close-up magic in the history of magic periodicals, all described in Wesley's inimitably detailed style.

Originally released at $10 per issue, $100 to subscribers, the entire contents of the e-zine have now been re-typeset for easy reading and compiled into one PDF volume at a significantly reduced price.

More than 250 fully illustrated pages, plus a complete index and extensive table...

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Magigram by Supreme-Magic-Company

The Magigram ran for around twenty-seven years and started with the first proper issue in September 1966 and ended in February 1995, in total more than 22,000 pages. Almost every well-known magician from those years made some form of contribution to the magazine including Billy McComb who had an inspiring regular column. The magazine started life as a vehicle for advertisements for the Supreme Magic Company but soon developed into a proper magazine that many magicians took out on subscription. Every branch of magic from close up to illusions was covered and it was one of the most popular UK magic magazines...

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Will Goldston
Magazine of Magic (1914 - 1922) by Will Goldston

A total of nine volumes spanning the time from October 1914 to May 1922.

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Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer
Magical Arts Journal: all issues (1986 - 1990) by Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer

The Magical Arts Journal was a monthly magazine published by Michael Ammar and Adam Fleischer in the 80's. Each issue, now a collectable, contains a wealth of information on effects, business, theory and stories on magic. It is a ground breaking magical publication devoted to both the art and business of magic that was published and edited by FISM world champion magician Michael Ammar and magic publishing and event production innovator Adam J. Fleischer.

You’ll find timeless business insights, original performance material and priceless tips and advice about the work and money in magic...

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Gordon Miller
New Tops all Volumes 1-34 (1961-1994) by Gordon Miller

The New Tops magazine was the successor to Tops Magazine. Abbott's printed and bound both Tops and New Tops itself at its own location, achieving an international circulation via mail delivery.

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Jim Sisti
Magic Menu (1990 - 2010) by Jim Sisti

This is a compilation of all volumes 1-12. It covers the entire lifetime of The Magic Menu from the first issue to the last issues of volume 12.

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Issues typically appear March, May, July, September, November, January. Artwork deadline is one month in advance. This means 1st of February for the March issue, 1st...

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Marvin Leventhal & Dan Harlan
THE MINOTAUR Volumes 1-8 (no DVDs) by Marvin Leventhal & Dan Harlan

[Note: This is the same as The MINOTAUR Volumes 1-8 except the DVDs which complete the MINOTAUR are not included here. You only get all the issues that were released in printed form.]

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Marvin Leventhal & Dan Harlan
THE MINOTAUR Volumes 1-8 by Marvin Leventhal & Dan Harlan

"Half Bull, Half Magic"

THE MINOTAUR offers great effects from an eclectic list of contributors including household names such as Michael Ammar, David Williamson, Troy Hooser, Phil Goldstein, Gene Anderson, Steve Cohen, Tom Craven, Aldo Colombini, Daryl, Didier Dupre, Eddie Fechter, Doc Eason, Dan Garrett, Chris Kenner, Gary Kurtz, Ken Krenzel, Eric Mead, David Neighbors, Johnny Ace Palmer, Gary Plants, Joe Rindfleisch, Rocco, Hiro Sakai, and many more. Of course, there are a lot of Dan Harlan effects, too. And each effect has been carefully illustrated by Dan Harlan himself.

Every volume of THE MINOTAUR is by itself on par with any high quality...

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George Mackenzie Munro & George Johnson & George Armstrong
The Magic Wand (1910 - 1957) by George Mackenzie Munro & George Johnson & George Armstrong

Martin Breese purchased the copyright to the Magic Wand many years ago. He intended to issue material from the magazine in book form and was little to know, at the time, of the advent of digital publishing and ebooks.

The Magic Wand was first published in September 1910 and continued for 256 issues until December of 1957. It began as a monthly magazine and after a decade it was published quarterly. It was edited by George Munro who was succeeded by George Armstrong. It is rare and very hard to find a complete run. The most valuable issues are those containing the serial publication of The Annals of Conjuring. ...

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Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson
The Gen by Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson

The Gen magazine was published by Harry Stanley just after the war. The first issue came out in December 1945. The magazine was published for 26 years with 303 issues covering a total of 8,685 pages. Lewis Ganson, one of the greatest British magical writers ever, was the editor until the magazine changed hands in 1971. It continued under the editorship of Val Andrews for a further two issues as the New Gen.

Virtually every known name in the world of post-war magic made a contribution to the Gen or was featured in its columns. Ken Brooke, for example, contributed 27 items and even the final issue, under...

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Geoff Maltby
Club 71: 1970 - 2007 (all issues) by Geoff Maltby

Club 71 magazine ran from 1970 to 2007, with a break from 1978 to 1984, and was produced by Geoff Maltby the owner of Repro Magic (UK). [The name 'Repro' comes from the fact that Maltby started out selling REPROductions of magic posters, at a time when posters were hard to come by and very expensive.] For most of the time Walt Lees was the editor. In its later years it changed its name to The Magician. The total run consists of 193 issues, almost 14,000 pages, plus a parody of Abracadabra magazine.

Due to its irregular publishing schedule, name change, format change and five year publication pause early in its existence, it was impossible to find someone with a full run. This digital version was assembled from three different partial collections. This also means...

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You will get a quarter color page of advertisement in the next issue of magicseen.

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Issues typically appear March, May, July, September, November, January. Artwork deadline is one month in advance. This means 1st of February for the March issue,...

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Stan Allen
Magic Magazine by Stan Allen

All 301 issues (1991-2016)

One of the greatest magic magazines ever. Own a complete file, more than 31500 pages, and enjoy the many wonderful tricks, articles, interviews and feature stories. The PDFs are fully in color, searchable, and printable.

If you buy the USB flash memory option you will still be able to download all issues from your digital shelf. The USB flash has 32GB and Magic Magazine takes about 25GB. It makes a great present for a friend or for yourself.

1st edition 1991-2016, digital edition 2016.

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Issues typically appear March, May, July, September, November, January. Artwork deadline is one month in advance. This means 1st of February for the March issue, 1st...

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Richard Kaufman
Genii: The Conjurors' Magazine: Volumes 1 - 75 (1936 - 2012) by Richard Kaufman

For the first time in history, you can own all the back issues of the longest running magic periodical in history: Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine. Available only in a complete file from volume 1 (starting with the first issue in September 1936) to volume 75 (ending December 2012), these 55,000 pages contain thousands of tricks, illusions, articles, reviews, and much more. There is no resource in the history of magic as worthwhile as Genii. It is available either as a download or on a flash drive (coming soon) and is in full color, printable and text searchable.

You will receive 75 PDF files,...

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