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by Sam Dalal


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Swami is a fascinating mix of traditional Indian magic and contributions by international masters. Sam Dalal writes in his introduction:

...One of the reasons for the popularity of these magazines is that much of it is devoted to a branch of bizarre or geek magic, not normally covered in the regular magic publications....

I am delighted with the way Chris Wasshuber ( has produced this electronic version of the Swami and Mantra magazines. When Chris Wasshuber asked me just a few weeks ago if he could produce the magazines as an e-book for circulation through his, I was sceptical. I did not think the magazines could be converted into a legible and searchable e-book, because of the original format. I am very pleasantly surprised to see the final results. These editions of the magazine are as crisp and clear as the print editions, and combine a search facility that the print editions did not have. In fact when Chris sent me what he had done with them, I shelved my hard copy for the convenience of this fully searchable e-edition.

Warning: This publication reproduces some ancient Indian fakir stunts. They are only for your reading enjoyment. Do not do them at home! Do not under any circumstance whatsoever attempt to cut off your tongue, eat glass, swallow acid, walk on hot coals or glass, stick needles in any part of your body, or do anything that might cause yourself injury, harm or accident. The publisher of this digital reproduction assumes no responsibility whatsoever for any injuries incurred during any performance, practice, or any sort of experimentation with the effects and ideas described within.

1st edition 1972-1974; reprinted 1997 by Kaufman; 148 pages.

    Issue 1

  • By Special Delivery (Peter Warlock)
  • Clipped (Bill Dunbaugh)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • General Introduction
    • Glass Eating, Introduction
  • Editorial

    Issue 2

  • Paddle Paddle (Arun Bonerjee)
  • "Jim Dandy" Rope Routine (Micky Hades)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • Glass Eating, Your First Trial
  • Off Color Do As I Do! (Milt Kort)

    Issue 3

  • Bingo! (Ken De Courcy)
  • Hallucination (Shanta Batra)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • Glass Eating, Presentation
  • Clairvoyant Multiplication (Martin Gardner)

    Issue 4

  • Surprise Surprise (Paul Marcus)
  • ORMAGIC (Price Orma)
    • Cut and Restored Silk
    • Selected Silk Vanish and Production
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • Razor Blades for Breakfast
  • Moonrock Madness (Tony Shiels)

    Issue 5

  • No Chance (Matt A. Lou)
  • One For Sam! (Nick Williams)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • The Acid-Test (1)
  • Hand Made (Bill Severn)
  • Tip Off (Sam Dalal)

    Issue 6

  • Thought-O-Card (G. P. Appadurai)
  • Dr. Jaks' Predi-X-ion! (Martin Gardner)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • The Acid Test (2)
  • Great Discoveries (Sam Dalal)

    Issue 7

  • Recorded Delivery (Leslie May)
  • Dual-Transpo (Sam Schwartz)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • Cooked Rice

    Issue 8

  • Anyone Can Be Clairvoyant (Tan Hock Chuan)
  • The 'Brainwave' Bandwagon (Dam Dalal)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • Steaming Tea!
    • Magic Amulets
  • Final Epic (Alan Shaxon)

    Issue 9

  • Switchery (Sid Lorraine)
  • Numerology (Liao Shin Shan)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • Ball of Paper Catches Fire
    • Lightning a Candle by the Touch of a Wand
    • Water to Milk
  • Presentation for Pavel's "Travelling Knots" (Sam Dalal)
  • Magic by Pavel
    • Rope Circles
    • Silk in the Knot

    Issue 10

  • Adidthots (Al Mann)
  • Hazzle-me-Puss (Subir Kr. Dhar)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • Talking Skull
    • Dancing Dolls
    • Crawling Spiders
    • Diving Duck
  • Probably Magic! (Sam Dalal)

    Issue 11

  • Your Card - My Card (Anton York)
  • About Face! (Anton York)
  • Select-A-News (Tan Hock Chuan)
  • ESP-ecially for You! (Sam Dalal)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • The Magic Wands
  • Mike Rogers Presents
    • Postal Delivery
    • Dial Delivery
    • Poor Man's Card Castle

    Issue 12

  • Push Down (Arthur Setterington)
  • The Pharaoh's Palm (Al Mann)
  • Matchbox Magic (Bisad Bandhu Banerjee)
  • The Dream (Prince Orma)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • Pulse Stopping
  • Index to Volume 1

    Issue 13

  • End Game (Roy Walton)
  • Trans Writing (Subir Kr. Dhar)
  • The Pegasus Page (Arthur J. Emerson, Jr.)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • The Sensational Tongue Cutting Mystery (1)

    Issue 14

  • Lift to the Future (Tony Chaudhuri)
  • Computer Dates (Sam Dalal)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • The Sensational Tongue Cutting Mystery (2)
  • Magical Musings (Sam Dalal)
  • Affinity (Arthur J. Emerson, Jr.)

    Issue 15

  • Flight through Space (Eddie Joseph)
  • Liar's License (Arthur J. Emerson, Jr.)
  • Colour Vision ESP (E. W. Bud Morris)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • The Sensational Tongue Cutting Mystery (3)

    Issue 16

  • Foresight (Eddie Joseph)
  • Dinner at the Coven (E. B. Surty)
  • Swami Pictures Series No. 1: The Snake Charmer (A. K. Ganguly)
  • When Thoughts Collide (Al Mann)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • The Indian Basket Trick
  • Magical Musings (Sam Dalal)
    • More Brainwaves
    • Squaring the Circle

    Issue 17

  • The Devil's Disciple (Sam Dalal)
    • Introduction
    • Coincidence or Clairvoyance
    • Fifth Seat From Centre Aisle
    • No-Cost Headline Prediction
    • E.S.P. Extraordinary
    • The Invisible Stooge
    • Old Wine
    • The Final Word

    Issue 18

  • A Juvenile Oracle? (Sam Dalal)
  • Four Silks to One (Pavel)
  • The Spectator Divines (Tan Hock Chuan)
  • Homing Cards (Bisad Bandhu Banerjee)
  • Another B&R Note (Nick Williams)
  • Presentation for the Afghan Bands (Sam Dalal)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • Fire Eating Techniques (1)

    Issue 19

  • Paper Fold Prediction (Martin Gardner)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • Fire Eating Techniques (2)
  • Magical Musings (Sam Dalal)
  • Three of a Kind (Arthur J. Emerson, Jr.)
  • Crystal Thought Condenser (Sam Dalal)

    Issue 20 - Editor's Special

  • Personally Yours (Peter Warlock, The New Pentagram)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • Fire Eating Techniques (3)
  • Third Down (Karl Fulves, The Pallbearers Review)
  • South of the Border (Kirk Stiles, Magic and Spells Quarterly)

    Issue 21 - The Magic of Tan Hock Chuan

  • The ESPousal
  • Iknewits!!
  • Lucky Number
  • The Singapore Force
  • The Invisible Flap
  • E-Z C&R Rope
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • Fire Eating Techniques (4)

    Issue 22

  • The Mystic Circle (Arthur Setterington)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • More Fire Stunts
  • Mini-Wave? (Sam Dalal)
  • Psychic Identification (Eddie Joseph)

    Issue 23

  • Beware the Fire Demon (Charles W. Cameron)
  • Little River Loading (Kirk Stiles)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • A $2.00 Levitation

    Issue 24

  • International Coin Cocktail (Erhard Liebenow)
  • Clippo (The Amazing Randi)
  • so it was written...(Subir Kr. Dhar)
  • Index to Volume 2

    Issue 25 - Whatiz From India?

  • Esdeem's Silk Frame (S. D. Mukherjee)
  • OTL Illuminated (Arun Bonerjee)
  • Who's Who (Shanta Batra)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • The Brahmo Thread Mystery
  • Visible Flight (B. B. Banerjee)

    Issue 26

  • The Daruma (Roy Fromer)
  • Beyond the Veil (Charles W. Cameron)
  • Magical Musings (Sam Dalal)
  • Impromptu Aces (Anon.)

    Issue 27

  • Slate Metamorphosis (Al Mann)
  • Telegirl (Arthur Setterington)
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • Pins and Needles
  • One Man-Two Person Dictionary Test (Arthur J. Emerson, Jr.)
  • Really Yours (Sam Dalal)

    Issue 28

  • Switch Tray (Sam Dalal)
  • Triple Cross (Arthur J. Emerson, Jr.)
  • Kwik Kut (Bill Dunbaugh)
  • Magical Musings (Sam Dalal)

    Issue 29

  • Direct Do as I Do (Hamid Sayani)
  • Magic From Roy Fromer
    • Threading Razor Blades
    • Torn and Restored Cigarette Paper in the Mouth
    • The Miniatur Magic Theater
  • Yoga Maya (Sam Dalal)
    • Needle from Eye to Eye (Courtesy K. C. Batra)
  • West's Own Miracleman? (Sam Dalal)

    Issue 30

  • Knotted (Sam Dalal)
  • Needle from Eye to Eye (K. C. Batra)
  • Magical Musings (Sam Dalal)

    Issue 31 - Special Issue

  • Indian Cups and Balls Routine (Les Greenhalgh)

    Issue 32

  • Hawkey (Eddie Joseph)
  • Magical Musings (Sam Dalal)
  • Yakity Yak Prediction (Donald Wallace)
  • Potpourri (Alex McKeown)
  • Addonis Book Test (Al Mann)
  • Impact 1 (Sam Dalal)

    Issue 33

  • I Ching Oracles (Sam Dalal)

    Issue 34

  • Wild Colour (Arthur J. Emerson, Jr.)
  • Free Choice ESP (Alex McKeown)
  • Magical Musings (Sam Dalal)
  • Women Can Tell (Sam Dalal)

    Issue 35

  • Mon-Kiri (Isao Honda, Sam Dalal)
  • Two from Tan Hock Chuan
    • A Book Test
    • Threaded
  • Needle in Eye Simplified (S. Alam)
  • Matchsticks A-Go-Go (Arunkumar Shah)
  • Gellerism & Respectability (Sam Dalal)

    Issue 36

  • Spin It Out (Alex McKeown)
  • Telekinetic Printer (D. Craig Daniel)
  • Hot Money! (Bisadhandhu Banerjee)
  • Swami Picture Series-2: The Human Ostrich (A. K. Ganguly)
  • Index to Volume 3

word count: 129349 which is equivalent to 517 standard pages of text

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