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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, theory and stories on magic.
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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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Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer
Magical Arts Journal Volume 3: Aspen Bar Magic (1990) by Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer

This is a very special and final issue of the Magical Arts Journal - a magazine published by Michael Ammar and Adam J. Fleischer in the mid-1980's. This is Volume 3, Issues 1-5. The Aspen Bar Magic issue covers Doc Eason, of the Tower Bar and Restaurant in Aspen, Colorado, as well as other famous bar magicians. It is loaded with world-class bar and restaurant magic! Michael Ammar includes some of his best material, as does many other contributors.

The back cover of the issue states:

What makes this issue so special?

The Tower is one of the most successful magic bars in the world, and...

2012 / 6 / 4
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Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer
Magical Arts Journal Volume 2 Issue 9, 10, 11 and 12: Paul Harris (Oct - Dec 1988) by Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer

In this special issue of the Magical Arts Journal, Paul Harris gives his entire act. In his opening statements, Michael Ammar says:

You, as a reader, are participating in a literary event of genuine historic significance. By making his act available to the readers of the Journal, Paul will undoubtedly give the magic field another shaking up.

To ask, "Who else does this?" would not be the right question. A better question would be, "Who else COULD do this?" How many people do you know with a close-up act of original routines, presentations, and patter that has successfully served them professionally...

2012 / 6 / 4
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Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer
Magical Arts Journal Volume 2 Issue 7 and 8: Arcane (Aug - Sep 1988) by Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer

This is the special "Double Issue" of MAJ featuring the magic from the French magic publication, Arcane. At the time of this special issue, Arcane was a bi-monthly magazine published in France by Jean Yves Prost and Michel Balandras. The magazine featured the who's-who in magic, and yet was mostly unknown to English-speaking magicians. This was the English language debut. Michael was allowed to hand-pick material from the 13 year old publication to include in the this double issue. See the incredible table of contents below. The issue even includes the Hofzinser Spread Control, which Michael uses frequently...

2012 / 6 / 4
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Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer
Magical Arts Journal Volume 2 Issue 4, 5 and 6 (May - Jul 1988) by Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer

This is a special Triple Issue of the Magical Arts Journal magazine, published by Michael Ammar. This issue represents Volume 2 - issue 4, 5 & 6.

It features Michael's full Stand Up Material - including his award-winning Cups and Balls routine! It contains beautiful illustrations by Disney animation artist Greg Manwaring - including "flip corners" to show in motion the Vernon Wand Spin.

See the fantastic list of contents below - it is amazing, and for such a little price.

MICHAEL AMMAR'S PERFORMANCE MATERIAL

  • Editors Notes
  • Stand Up Cups & Balls (the result of 5 years of thought on...
2012 / 6 / 4
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Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer
Magical Arts Journal Volume 2 Issue 3 (Apr 1988) by Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer

CONTENTS

  • Jeff Busby's What's Hot & What's Not
  • Vital Signs - International News Forum
  • David Harkey Performance Material
    • In A Jam - An impromptu trick with a key for everytime you enter a home
    • Ring Worm - A borrowed ring visually appears inside an apple balloon
    • Pop Art - A true fireworks display salute to your assistant
    • Pierced - An earring fantasy come true
  • The Work & Money In Magic
    • Corporate Magic - How to get the work
    • Comedy Clubs - The final key to sucess
    • Professional Close-Up - The magic of tomorrow
  • Ask The Experts - How Is Rehearsal Time Spent?
  • Editor's Notes
  • A Letter...
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Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer
Magical Arts Journal Volume 2 Issue 2 (Mar 1988) by Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer

CONTENTS

  • EDITORIAL
    • WHAT'S HOT & WHAT'S NOT - Jeff Busby
    • VITAL SIGNS - News Forum
    • EDITOR'S NOTES - Adam J. Fleischer
    • BRIEFS
    • AMMAR ASKS THE EXPERTS: - Ammar
    • ON MAGIC COMPETITION - Ammar
  • PERFORMANCE MATERIAL
    • COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN PEN - James Lewis
    • FINGERS-NOSE DO-AS-I-DO - Martin Gardner
    • THE DOUBLE CARD STAB - Lamont Ream
    • FOUR IN HAND SURPRISE - Chris Kenner
  • WHERE TO FIND THE WORK & MONEY IN MAGIC
    • CORPORATE MAGIC - Mark O'Brien (Videos & TV Commercials)
    • COMEDY CLUBS - John Ferrentino (An Act to Swear By)
  • ART
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Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer
Magical Arts Journal Volume 2 Issue 1 (Feb 1988) by Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer

This issue features The Trilogy Coin Act by David Neighbors.

CONTENTS

  • EDITORIAL
    • What's Hot and What's Not - Jeff Busby
    • Vital Signs - News Forum Editor's Notes - Adam J. Fleischer
    • In Brief From Australia - Ben Harris
    • Ammar Asks the Experts - Michael Ammar
    • On Publishing Magic - Michael Ammar
  • ART
    • Thoughts About Style - Bill Wisch & Rocco
    • Ideas (The Shot Glass Strategy In Action) - Jamy Ian Swiss
  • PERFORMANCE MATERIAL
    • The Trilogy Coin Act - David Neighbors
    • Ring In Tea Bag - Lamont Ream
    • Stand-Up Deck Switch - Roberto Giobbi
    • The Card Trick That Fooled Vernon (The Card Through Handkerchief)
  • WHERE...
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Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer
Magical Arts Journal Volume 1 Issue 11 and 12 (Jun - Jul 1987) by Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer

CONTENTS

  • EDITORIAL
    • Editor's Notes – Michael Ammar
    • The Use of Surveys – Ted Karbowski
  • WORK & MONEY
    • Corporate Magic (#2 – Industrial & Trade Shows) - Mark O'Brien
    • Comedy Clubs (#6 – Physical Aspects Of Comedy Clubs) – John Ferrentino
  • PERFORMANCE
    • Raise Rise – Ray Kosby
    • Recurring Nightmare – Ray Kosby
    • Tiecoon – Alphonso
    • A Study On The Bluff Pass – Roberto Giobbi
    • Peaks & Valley - David Regal
    • The Vanishing Traveler - Alfonso
  • ART
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Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer
Magical Arts Journal Volume 1 Issue 10 (May 1987) by Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer

CONTENTS

  • EDITORIAL
    • Editor's Notes – Michael Ammar
    • The Use of Surveys – Ted Karbowski
    • Thoughts About Words - T.A. Waters
  • WORK & MONEY
    • The Comedy Club Circuit – John Ferrentino
    • Corporate Magic - Mark O'Brien
  • PERFORMANCE
    • Monty Hall Goes Close-Up – Jay Sankey
    • Trick Photography – Richard Sanders
    • One Every Minute – Rudy T. Hunter
    • Five Hundred Percent – Gary Kurtz
  • ART
    • Ideas – John Kennedy
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Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer
Magical Arts Journal Volume 1 Issue 9 (Apr 1987) by Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer

CONTENTS

  • EDITORIAL
    • The N.Y. Magic Symposium '87 – Adam J. Fleischer
    • Editor's Notes – Adam J. Fleischer
    • Where Do You Stand? - Michael Ammar
  • WORK & MONEY
    • The Comedy Club Circuit – John Ferrentino
    • Booking Yourself - Samuel Patrick Smith
  • PERFORMANCE
    • Elbow, Knee And Neck – Daryl
    • Limbo in China – David Roth
    • Lingering Illusion – Jay Sankey
    • The Double-Lift Pass – Richard Kaufman
    • Spinning Silver - Peter Samelson
  • ART
    • Ideas – John Kennedy
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Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer
Magical Arts Journal Volume 1 Issue 8 (Mar 1987) by Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer

CONTENTS

  • EDITORIAL
    • The Vernon Chronicles – Stephen Minch
    • Editor's Notes – Adam J. Fleischer
    • Where Do You Stand? - Michael Ammar
  • WORK & MONEY
    • The Comedy Club Circuit – John Ferrentino
  • PERFORMANCE
  • ART
    • Hat Juggling – Charlie Frye
    • Ideas – John Kennedy
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Magical Arts Journal Volume 1 Issue 7 (Feb 1987) by Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer

CONTENTS

  • EDITORIAL
    • Editor's Notes – Adam J. Fleischer
    • Thoughts About Books – T.A. Waters
    • Where Do You Stand? - Michael Ammar
  • WORK & MONEY
    • Booking Yourself (Inspiring Yourself) – Samuel Patrick Smith
    • The Comedy Club Circuit (How to Get Started) – John Ferrentino
    • Restaurant Magic (Audience Participation) – Charles Greene
  • PERFORMANCE
    • Elephant Rubber – Ray Kosby
    • Day Of The Jack-Less – Joe Givan
    • Clean Cut Rope Trick – Mitch Williams
    • Coin To Bill – Alphonso
  • ART
    • The Nature Of Your Audience – David Regal
    • Hat Juggling – Charlie Frye
    • Ideas – John...
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Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer
Magical Arts Journal Volume 1 Issue 5 and 6 (Dec 1986 - Jan 1987) by Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer

CONTENTS

  • EDITORIAL
    • Double Surprise – Adam J. Fleischer
    • The MAJ Mail Box – From Readers
    • Inside Magic 1986 – Stan Allen
    • Secret Service Report 002 – James Lewis
    • New Waves – Michael Ammar
  • WORK & MONEY
    • Restaurant Magic (Performance Tips) – Charles Greene
    • The Comedy Club Circuit (Why & How Comedy Clubs?) - John Ferrentino
    • Booking Yourself (Booking Yourself with Posters) – Samuel Patrick Smith
  • PERFORMANCE
    • Business Cardfusion – Greg Eanes
    • Mind Over Matter – Bob Nixon
    • The Almost Human Cannon Ball – Jay Sankey
    • Alchemy – Alphonso
    • Alchemy Variation – Michael...
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Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer
Magical Arts Journal Volume 1 Issue 4 (Nov 1986) by Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer

This is the 4th issue of the first year. This magazine is geared for the true working professional, and every issue is packed with expert advice on the work, money and performance of magic.

CONTENTS:

  • Editorial
    • "Knock, Knock" by Adam J. Fleischer
  • Work & Money
    • "Booking Yourself" Series (Making it Pay & Contracts) by Sammy Patrick Smith
    • Restaurant Magic - (Fees & Tips) by Charles Greene
    • Cruise Ship Magic by Doug Anderson
  • Performance
    • "Ring in Saltshaker" by Thomas Hierling
    • "This Is Only A Test" by T.C. Tahoe
    • "Harry Lorayne's Snapped" by Michael Ammar
    • "Band Display" by A. Berkeley Davis ...
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Magical Arts Journal Volume 1 Issue 3 (Oct 1986) by Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer

This is the third issue of the magazine, Magical Arts Journal published by Michael Ammar and Adam Fleischer. Published October, 1986, 20 pages.

There are 4 great effects, 3 informative essays on working in magic, 2 editorial reports, and 2 inspiring theoretical essays.

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Editorial
    • "The Logo Changes" - Adam Fleischer
    • "Secret Service Report 001" - Joe Givan
  • Work and Money
    • "How to Book Yourself by Mail" - Samuel Patrick Smith
    • "Restaurant Magic - The First Night" - Charles Greene
    • "Cruise Ship Magic - How to Get Booked - Doug Anderson
  • Performance
    • "Black...
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Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer
Magical Arts Journal Volume 1 Issue 2 (Sep 1986) by Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer

This is the second issue of the magazine, Magical Arts Journal - published by Michael Ammar and Adam Fleischer. It was published September, 1986 - and the original cover price was just $5!

20 Pages - with 2 editorial essays, 3 informative essays on working in magic, 4 great effects, and 2 inspirational essays on the art of magic.

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Editorial
    • "Twelve Have Died" - Ben Robinson
    • "The Secret Service" - Michael Ammar
  • Work and Money
    • "How to Book Yourself by Phone" - Samuel Patrick Smith
    • "Restaurant Magic - How to Get Hired" - Charles Greene
    • "Cruise Ship Magic - What to Perform"...
2012 / 6 / 4
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Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer
Magical Arts Journal Volume 1 Issue 1 (Aug 1986) by Michael Ammar & Adam J. Fleischer

This is the Premiere Issue, volume 1 - issue 1! It was published August, 1986 - and the original cover price was just $5! 20 pages.

The Editorial comments in this first issue, written by Adam Fleischer:

It's 1986 - Why are we starting the publication of a new magic magazine? The paramount reason is that Michael Ammar and I whole-heartedly believe that today's magicians - and the magic industry - want and truly need it. Currently, an abundance of information, points of view, material and attributes remain unavailable or uncirculated for most magicians. Much of this information must be spread...

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