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The Bat Numbers 1 - 50 (1943 - 1948)

by Lloyd E. Jones
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The Bat Numbers 1 - 50 (1943 - 1948) by Lloyd E. Jones

The Bat was the house organ for Magic Limited published by Lloyd Jones that ran from No. 1, Feb. 1943 until No. 86, Feb. 1951 for a total of 86 issues. (This PDF includes numbers 1 to 50. See the second volume for the remaining issues.) It is filled with close-up and stage effects of every kind, and brings you magic by top names like Charlie Miller, Dr. Jaks, Bert Allerton, Charles Jordan, Frank Chapman, T. Page Wright, and many more prominent pros of the era. It was also for a time the Official Organ of the Magic Dealers Association.

Issues run from February 1943 thru February 1948 and include an index. Published irregularly, then monthly starting with Number 13.

  1. The Bat - Numbers 1 to 50
  2. Index - Numbers 1 to 50

  1. The Bat - Number One - February 1943 - 4 pages
  2. Guess Work!! - impromptu mathematical trick
  3. The Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  4. New Tricks - reviews
    • Tarbell's Zip-Over Rope Mystery
    • Caesar's Memo Case
    • Loyd's Screen of Bagdad
    • The Principle of Hallucination - Murray Rosenthal
    • Water-Go
    • Berland's Devil Dollar
    • Hummer's Whirling Card
    • Berland's Soap Swindle
  5. Ask the Professor?
  6. Gag Bag - humor
  7. Crossed Colors - R. S. Glover

  1. The Bat - Number Two - n.d. - 8 pages
  2. Triumph of the Democracies - Afghan Bands patriotic routine
  3. Sabotage - Edward J. Tomasovic - patriotic routine
  4. The Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • Sambo/Helen effect
  5. Coffee Can Exchange - Prof. Glover, M.M.
  6. One of the Strangest Paradoxes
  7. New Tricks and Reviews
    • Reviews (books)
      • The Magic 36 - William S. Houghton
      • Tricks of the Masters - Will Goldston
      • Manual of Comedy Material - Rajah Bergman
      • Five Star Card Effects - Lu Brent
      • "Claudio's" Mysteries - R. C. Buff
      • Convenient Card Magic - Sergeant H. J. Whittington
      • Figures Are Funny Things - Herbert M. Richmond
      • Finding the Fifth Column - Herbert M. Richmond
      • A Lecture on Child Psychology - Herbert M. Richmond
      • Jack & Jill, The True Story - Ross A. Burley
      • Best Tricks with Slates - Peter Warlock
      • Call the Witness - Sid Fleischman & Bob Gunther
      • Tips on Tricks - Milbourne Christopher
      • Ireland's Yearbook for 1942
    • New Magic (tricks)
      • Chameleon Poker Chips
      • Color-Off - Snyder
      • Kenard's Mystery Box
      • Mar-Mix - Snyder
      • Liberty Magazine Test
      • Kenard's Magikase
      • Black-Out Bag Mystery
      • Berland's Amazing Substitution
      • Nelson's Mindreader's Packet No. 1
      • Erdnase Outdone
  8. Ask the Professor?
  9. The Shuffle - The Professor
  10. Gag Bag - humor
  11. Aw Nertz! - Those Contrary Cards
  12. Short short-story - humor
  13. Special offers - advertising
  14. Magician's Talk

  1. The Bat - Number Three - n.d. - 8 pages
  2. Double-Kick - R. S. Glover
  3. cartoon - MacDonald
  4. The Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • A Bad Egg solution - Frederick F. Clark
  5. He Performed Under the Big Top - re: Walter Adrian
  6. Unfortunate - Alch - humor
  7. Cuckoo!!! - card effects
  8. New Tricks and Reviews
    • tricks
      • Miko
      • Ring-Off
      • So What
      • The Leopard Card
      • The Chinese Rope Chain Mystery
      • Canned Smoke
      • perfect-O-Wax
      • The Talking Match Box
      • Bengal Turban Mystery
      • A Trick for Milady
      • Soft Soap De "Lux"
      • The Stabbed Deck
      • Ho-Lo-Ma
      • This Is It - Bob Hummer
      • Double Coincidence
    • Books
      • Number One Hugard-Proskauer Sealed Mysteries
      • Greater Magic - John Northern Hilliard
      • Travelling Ghost - Gordon W. Howatt
      • Keith Clark's Celebrated Cigarettes
      • What Next - Tommy Tucker
      • Modern Spiritualism Unveiled - Bishop S. Garrison
  9. Card Rationing - George McAthy
  10. Ask the Professor?
  11. Gamble Trophy Attempt - Lloyd E. Jones
  12. cartoon - MacDonald
  13. Gag Bag - humor
  14. Your Program Wanted
  15. Specials - advertising

  1. The Bat - Number Four - n.d. - 4 pages
  2. Super Wand-Pen Levitator - Arthur Heinsen
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • variation on Hallucination - Lt. Albert Johnson
    • Canned Smoke idea - Edwin Tabor
    • Canned Smoke idea - Senor Maldo
    • A Bad Egg solution - Gerald Kosky
  4. More New Tricks and Reviews
    • Cig-Silk-Flowers
    • Not Primigenial - Roger Montadon & Logan Wait
    • Miracle Methods No. 4 - Tricks and Sleights - Jean Hugard & Fred Braue
  5. New Tricks and Reviews
    • Hex Appeal! - Solomon Stein
    • Vishnu Rope Miracle
    • Carducky
    • Switch-Er-Roo - Tom Osborne
    • Magic Coin Block
    • Stop Thief! - Bob Hummer
    • Silence! Genius at Work!
    • Miniature Lota
    • Foo-Ling Cup
    • Repeat 20th Century Silks
    • Karson's Rope Through Body
    • Oh Please! - Abbott's
    • Capers with Colors - book - Harold Rice
    • Houdini Card - Snyder
  6. More New Tricks and Reviews
    • Patriotic Release
    • Two Way Nu Idea Forcing Deck - Snyder
    • Rolling a Cigarette by Magic - Brema

  1. The Bat - Number Five Extra - n.d. - 4 pages
  2. Impromptu Card Routines
  3. Card Tricks - Special Decks
    • Mene-Tekel Pack
    • Svengali Deck
    • Stripper Deck
    • Brain Wave Deck
    • Out Of This World
    • St. Leon Deck
    • Nu-Idea Deck
    • 400 Tricks You Can Do - Howard Thurston
    • Secrets of Magic and card Tricks - Blackstone
    • Deucy
    • Magic Card System
    • Thirty-Two Impromptu Card Tricks
    • Stacks and Stacks of Cards - Val Evans
    • What Next? - Tommy Tucker
    • Miko
    • Midget Magic - "Hen" Fetsch
    • Camera Cards
    • Sealed Mysteries
    • Cuckoo!
    • Eights and Deuces
    • Nu Way Three Card Monte Trick
    • Two Card Monte
    • Hallucination No. 2
    • Scrambled Thought Waves [sic: Thoughtwaves] - Clayton Rawson
  4. Good Books on Magic
    • Tarbell Volume 1
    • Tarbell Volume 2
    • Tarbell Volume 3
    • Greater Magic
    • Tricks of the Masters
    • Forging Ahead in Magic - John Booth
    • Making Magic Pay - H. Syril Dusenberry
    • Fifty Card Sleights
    • Convenient Card Magic
  5. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  6. Sealed Mystery Series - advertisement

  1. The Bat - Number Six - n.d. - 8 pages
  2. The Perfect World - Wayne H. Rohlf
  3. Ask the Professor?
  4. Collector's Corner
  5. Magic Limited's Selected Magic - review/advertisement
    • Miniature Card Magic - "Hen" Fetsch
    • Camera Cards
    • Fifteen Sealed Mysteries
    • Sealed Mysteries
    • Illusion Magic - Karson
    • Swami Holdout
    • Tarbell No. 3
    • Ireland's Year Book 1943
    • Secrets - U. F. Grant
    • Annemann's Full Deck of Impromptu Card Tricks
    • Latest Thimble Magic - Duke Stern
    • The Joker Takes Leave
    • D-Lite Mystery
    • Eddie Hudson's Confoosing Card
    • Razz-A-Ma-Tazz - Tom Osborne
    • Everybody's Magic - Collins Pentz
  6. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • Earl Rybolt sold his library to Lloyd E. Jones
    • Laughing Rabbit Calendar
  7. Performing Tricks Hard Work, Master Of Deception Says - re: Dunt look Neow (Harry G. Shaw)
  8. cartoon
  9. A Letter From Home - humor

  1. The Bat - Number Seven - n.d. - 4 pages
  2. Numerology De Luxe - Professor El Tab
  3. Boozehound's Dream - Professor El Tab
  4. Tricks & Reviews
    • Anti-Gravico
    • Six Trix for 1944 - Bob Hummer
    • Napkin Magic - Tom Osborne
    • Aquarius Wand
    • Karson's Rope Thru Body
  5. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  6. Gag Bag - Prof. El Tab - humor

  1. The Bat - Number Eight - n.d. - 4 pages
  2. St. Leon's Razor Blade Switch - Victor St. Leon
  3. Two More St. Leon Effects
    • Nest of Boxes Routine
    • The Wandering Card
  4. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • Bob Gunther weds
    • Hallucination-Improved!
    • Speaking of Pink Elephants! - Charles T. Jordan

  1. The Bat - Number Nine - Charles T. Jordan Memorial Issue - n.d. - 8 pages
  2. Jordan Search Leads to Grave
  3. Favorite Jordan Tricks
    1. Long Distance Mind Reading
    2. Coluria
    3. Psychic Ring Release
    4. The Vanishing Coin
  4. A Search That Led to the Grave - Death of Old Friend mourned by Madison
  5. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • grab bags
  6. Gag Bag - Charles T. Jordan - humor
  7. Ask the Professor?
  8. Selected Charles T. Jordan Magic
    • The C. T. J. Detection
    • The climax!
    • Paper Tearing Supreme
  9. Its New - Hexed vision - advertising
  10. So You Like Mental Magic? - advertising

  1. The Bat - Number Ten - n.d. - 12 pages
  2. Magical Master of Ceremonies
    1. The Foundation
    2. Books and a File
    3. The Opening
    4. Running Gags
    5. Slates
    6. Paper
    7. Handkerchiefs
    8. Ropes
    9. Pantomime
    10. Cigars
    11. Wands
    12. Egg-Bags
    13. Cards
    14. Regular Work
    15. Looking Ahead
  3. jokes
  4. Gag Bag - humor
    • Sophisticated Soft Soap
    • From Australia
    • Do You Remember When? - Harry Opel
  5. Without Benefit of Counsel! - humorous introductions, etc.
  6. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • Magic Limited to manufacture trick decks
  7. cartoon - Alain?
  8. jokes

  1. The Bat - Number Eleven - n.d. - 4 pages
  2. Svengali's Prophecy - Jack Vosburgh - Svengali Deck effect
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  4. Between the Lines
  5. Any Card Thought Of - Stripper Deck effect
  6. Introducing Vosburgh
  7. Behind the Back Mix-Up - Stripper Deck effect
  8. Gag Bag
    • The Color Changing Toothpick - Jack Vosburgh

  1. The Bat - Number Twelve - n.d. - 4 pages
  2. Simplex Lit Cigar Production - Allen Lambie
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • post war plans in Allied Nations
    • TARFU Deck
  4. The Matches of Lucifer - Jack Vosburgh - effect collection
    • To Begin With
    • The Feke Itself
    • Turn About
    • How Money Turns One's Head
  5. Ask the Professor?

  1. The Bat - Number Thirteen - January 1945 - 4 pages
  2. Commando Garrote - Carl Sten
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • The Bat becomes a monthly
    • news from English magician Chris Charlton
  4. The Matches of Lucifer - Jack Vosburgh - continued
    • Another Financial Reverse
  5. Ask the Professor?
  6. Gag Bag
    • Impromptu Poker Deal - Gerald Kosky

  1. The Bat - Number Fourteen - February 1945 - 4 pages
  2. Magical Melee - Everett Samuels
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • D Y K T A W O ? ? ?
    • new magazine - Conjuror's Monthly
  4. The Matches of Lucifer - Jack Vosburgh - continued
    • Heads Up
    • The Fiery red Head
  5. Gag Bag

  1. The Bat - Number Fifteen - March 1945 - 4 pages
  2. Ollo Poprida
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • blown egg & goldfish
    • curtain raiser
    • Clayton Rawson
  4. Gag Bag
  5. The Matches of Lucifer - Jack Vosburgh - continued
    • Color Blind
    • Pass The Matches
    • A Matching Game
  6. Book Test - Charles Miller

  1. The Bat - Number Sixteen - April 1945 - 4 pages
  2. 21 cent Trick - Everett Samuels
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • yage potion
  4. The Matches of Lucifer - Jack Vosburgh - continued
    • Three On A Match
  5. Gag Bag
  6. jokes

  1. The Bat - Number Seventeen - May 1945 - 8 pages
  2. The Magic Square - Lloyd E. Jones
    1. Even Magic Squares
  3. Multiple Square - Ellis Stanyon
  4. Franklin Squares
  5. Gag Bag
  6. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  7. Photo of Hardeen
  8. Theo. Hardeen Dies

  1. The Bat - Number Eighteen - June 1945 - 6 pages
  2. The Trick that Made a Name - Bob Hanko
  3. Introducing Bob Hanko
  4. Routine Versatile - Bob Hanko
  5. Theo. Hardeen Dies - continued
  6. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments

  1. The Bat - Number Nineteen - July 1945 - 4 pages
  2. Radio Mind Reading - Professor Elkan M. Lipka
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  4. The Matches of Lucifer - Jack Vosburgh - continued
    • Three On A Match
    • Heads and Tails
  5. Snafued by Snafu - Professor El Tab
  6. Gag Bag

  1. The Bat - Number Twenty - n.d. (August 1945) - 4 pages
  2. Jordan Card Routine - Charles T. Jordan
    • The Inseparable Aces
    • The Ready Reckoner
    • The Pair Detection
    • Dead Easy Location
    • The Nifty Key
  3. jokes
  4. The Matches of Lucifer - Jack Vosburgh - continued
    • The Vanishing Match
    • The Match Through the Handkerchief
    • The Diminishing Match
    • Stretching a Match
  5. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments

  1. The Bat - Number Twenty-One - September 1945 - 4 pages
  2. Will De Sieve, Fred Moore & Joe Ovette - re: Clippo
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  4. Gag Bag
  5. addition to Dime and Penny book
    • R. C. Buff
    • Arnold Belais - 2 effects
  6. Gag Bag

  1. The Bat - Number Twenty-Two - October 1945 - 4 pages
  2. appearance of writing on slates - A. L. Paulsen
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  4. Gag Bag
  5. European Magic - Glenn G. Gravatt
    • Unendlich
  6. addition to Dime and Penny book
    • Amazing Transformation - Edwin Tabor
  7. The Why Not Card Trick - Murry L. Rosenthal
  8. cartoon - Lou Lilly

  1. The Bat - Number Twenty-Three - November 1945 - 8 pages
  2. The Human Pump - Frank Chapman
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  4. Magician No. 1 - re: Blackstone - Maurice Zolotow
  5. Gag Bag
  6. addition to Dime and Penny book
    • Aubry Perry - 2 effects
    • Edwin Tabor
  7. Magic of Yesteryear
    • To Knock a Tumbler Through a Table
  8. Keep up with the world - Freling foster - re: robot "Isis"
  9. European Magic - Glenn G. Gravatt
    • The Floating Cigarette
  10. cartoon - Larier (?)

  1. The Bat - Number Twenty-Four - December 1945 - 4 pages
  2. This is Your Number - Theron Fox
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  4. addition to Dime and Penny book
    • separating the coins
    • Arnold Belais
  5. Gag Bag
  6. Warringer's Whiz - gimmick for vanishing a pipe
  7. European Magic - Glenn G. Gravatt
    • Lighted Cigarette Production
    • Zundeo
  8. cartoon - Colin Allen

  1. The Bat - Number Twenty-Five - January 1946 - 4 pages
  2. The Telephone Trick - Oakland Conjurer's Association
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • formation of B.A.T. - Brotherhood of American Tricksters
  4. Miniature Card Magic Additions
    • A Quicky
  5. Gag Bag
  6. European Magic - Glenn G. Gravatt
    • Florescos
  7. Selectosilko - Frank Chapman
  8. cartoon - Cramer

  1. Super-Bat - Number Twenty-Six - February 1946 - 6 pages
  2. Oh Nursie Nursie
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  4. Gag Bag
  5. The Great Nicola (William Nicol) dies
  6. Programs & Ideas - George Austin
  7. 'Taint what you do - 'tis the way that-cha do it - Tenkai
  8. cartoon - Kirk Stiles (?)

  1. Super-Bat - Number Twenty-Seven - March 1946 - 4 pages
  2. Bowman's Bullseye
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  4. Department of Unexpected Information - re: playing cards
  5. Gag Bag
  6. Bit for The Bat - Mariano Palhinha
  7. A Penny Sucker? - Joseph Ovette
  8. The Great Nicola (William Nicol) obituary
  9. European Magic - Glenn G. Gravatt
    • Candela
  10. cartoon - Sgt. Neil Sessa

  1. The Bat - Number Twenty-Eight - April 1946 - 6 pages
  2. The Check Cop Steal - Carl Sten
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • Mandrake the Magician (Leon Mandrake)
  4. The Deuce to Tray - Jack Mcmillen
  5. The Travellers
  6. Opening - William Murata
  7. Gag Bag
  8. Mr. Clubb Goes Beserk - Frank M. Chapman
  9. Mystery of the Sixteen Digits - Bill Woodfield
  10. European Magic - Glenn G. Gravatt
    • Brilliant
  11. cartoon - RIP

  1. The Bat - Number Twenty-Nine - May 1946 - 6 pages
  2. A Pain in the Deck - Sid Fleischman & Bob Gunther
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  4. The Gag Bag
  5. Glass Wand Routine - James L. Hawkins
    • Rubber Band Gimmick
  6. George Washington Night
  7. Milk Pitcher Magic - "Hen" Fetsch - excerpts
  8. A Tip for Your Tip - Al Gerwin
  9. Lloyd Jones' father passed away

  1. The Bat - Number Thirty - June 1946 - 6 pages
  2. Sailin' Silks - Robert Gunther
  3. Paper Tear - Harry Kellar
  4. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  5. The Proper Way to Handle a Rabbit
  6. Gag Bag
  7. Neat Silk Production - origin unknown
  8. Purse Mys'try - Frank Chapman
  9. Tap-Tap - Frank Chapman
  10. Oakland Magical Party & Gloria Baylinson
  11. Puff - Frank Chapman
  12. Bull's Eye - T. Page Wright
  13. Impromptu Match Routine - Frank Chapman
  14. Department of Unexpected Information - re: playing cards & thumb tips
  15. The Makin's - Frank Chapman
  16. Kontact! - Frank M. Chapman
  17. cartoon

  1. The Bat - Number Thirty-One - July 1946 - 6 pages
  2. Disintegrosphere - Frank Chapman
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • pledge from a Davenport, Iowa junior club
  4. Gag Bag
  5. Ad for John Calvert's Luxury Airliner
  6. Flash Color Change Silk - Frank Chapman
  7. Department of Unexpected Information - re: how to make a thumb tip
  8. Norma Banderob
  9. The Bashful Bartender - Howard L. Warringer
  10. Boutonniere - Frank Chapman
  11. It's a Date - Frank Chapman
  12. fan it! - Frank Chapman
  13. cartoon - Saxon

  1. The Bat - Number Thirty-Two - August 1946 - 6 pages
  2. Fourth Dimensional Silks - Edwin Tabor
    • The Jumping Silk
    • Silk in Separation
    • The Gordian knot
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • survey of what service men like in entertainment
  4. Gag Bag
  5. That Magic Touch - S.A.M. Convention report
    1. tricky little knot tie - Milbourne Christopher
  6. Silk Stretch - Harold Beaumont
  7. With Silk - Howard Warringer
  8. She Floats on Air - Sherms
  9. Restoring a Fly

  1. The Bat - Number Thirty-Three - September 1946 - 8 pages
  2. 1950 Milk Pitcher - Lambie
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • interest in Milk Pitcher magic is up
  4. Gag Bag
  5. Department of Unexpected Information
  6. Birds of a Feather - Gerald Kosky
  7. The Sucker Card Palm - Jack McMillen
  8. Repeat coin Gag - Harold G. Beaumont
  9. Joe Ovette dies - obituary
  10. Trick Stuff - Walter B. Gibson article reprint

  1. The Bat - Number Thirty-Four - October 1946 - 6 pages
  2. The Rabbit and the Hat - Alan Beech
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • Everett Morgan dies
  4. Gag Bag
  5. cartoon
  6. Cocktail Pix - Frank M. Chapman
  7. Signor Bustelli's coin Transmission - James L. Hawkins
  8. Thurston of the Clergy - re: Rev. Paul Lloyd - newspaper reprint
  9. Paper Time - Harold G. Beaumont

  1. The Bat - Number Thirty-Five - November 1946 - 6 pages
  2. Marked, Torn and Restored Card - Maurice Rooklyn
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • letter of thanks from Mrs. Fran Ovette
  4. Gag Bag
  5. Introducing Maurice Rooklyn
  6. Card Through the Handkerchief
  7. Miniature Card Magic Additions
    • Miracle Miniature Photography
  8. Hobby Horse - from a match book - Johnnie Murray
  9. New No Switch Sucker Egg - James L. Hawkins
  10. cartoon - Timothy J. Donlin

  1. The Bat - Number Thirty-Six - December 1946 - 6 pages
  2. Tricks to Teach Your Dog
    • Three Languages!
    • Take a Card!
    • Boredom
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • new club - TAB - announced
  4. Gag Bag
  5. Chameleon Thimbles - Douglas Francis
  6. City Amateur Tops Magician - reprint
  7. When Your Number Comes Up - Frank Chapman
  8. cartoon - Timothy J. Donlin

  1. The Bat - Number Thirty-Seven - January 1947 - 12 pages
  2. Watch in Loaf - Frank M. Chapman
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  4. Gag Bag
  5. cartoon - Timothy J. Donlin
  6. Virgil show review
  7. Great Card Tricks - Glenn G. Gravatt
    • Self-Working Prediction
    • Turno
    • Queenie Turns Over
    • Twin Aces
  8. Trickster Monthly (report from B.A.T.)
    • Aqua Beado
    • Mento Test
    • The Magic Penny
    • End of First Year - February Selection
    • Alternate Selection
    • List of Alternatives
    • Million Dollar Puzzle
    • Hit the Jackpot
  9. Shepard Show - review
    • An Apology
  10. Group Photo - The Golden Gate Assembly, S.A.M.
  11. Shattering Flask - Everett Samuels
  12. Among the Dealers
    • Wallace Magic Shop
    • Circle Magic shop
    • Sterling Magic - sold to Roy Hall
    • Will Desmond
    • Tommy Windsor
    • National Magic Company
    • louis Tannen
  13. Keeping TAB on Men and Books
    • Clayton Rawson in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
    • Memoirs of Robert Houdin
    • Pentagram - Peter Warlock
    • Abracadabra - Goodliffe
    • Jackpot - Tommy Windsor
    • Magic Monthly - Goodliffe
    • Erik Benjamin Kanter - born
    • I'll Bet You Can't
    • meet T. R. (Tommy) Thomson
    • Ways and Means - Al Baker
    • Bert Easley
  14. Recent Library Acquisitions
  15. A Comedy Git - Roscoe Gaylord
  16. advertisements

  1. The Bat - Number Thirty-Eight - February 1947 - 8 pages
  2. Push Button Diablerie - Sid Fleischman & Bob Gunther
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  4. Gag Bag
  5. The Expanded Shell Half
  6. photo of Joe Tersnay
  7. Double Dealing Dollar
  8. Among the Dealers
    • Percy Abbott - for shame
    • Jackpot - Tommy Windsor
    • Golden Gate Magic
    • Merv Taylor
  9. Keeping TAB on Men and Books
    • The Blue Bug, Off the Beaten Path, I'll Bet You Can't & top Secrets
    • Watch This One - J. B. Bobo
    • Thomas Palmer
    • Abracadabra
    • Professor Flat
    • The Knothole - Jerry Arends
    • Magic Is Fun
    • The Cornish Pixie
    • and other gossip
  10. Great Card Tricks - Glenn G. Gravatt
    • Controlled Coincidence (Impromptu)
    • Blue Intruder
  11. Trickster Monthly (report from B.A.T.)
    • February Selections - Ashes Up! & Emerald Mystery
    • March Choice a Good One - The Prolix Spirit - Wilbur Kattner
    • Hit The Jackpot
    • Short Shots
  12. Recent Library Acquisitions
  13. Department of Unexpected Information
  14. Books on Conjuring
  15. advertisements

  1. The Bat - Number Thirty-Nine - March 1947 - 8 pages
  2. Ringo - J. B. Bobo
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • five favored card tricks
  4. Gag Bag
  5. Utility Ring - John Larrick
  6. cartoon - R. S. Glover
  7. T-E-M-P-O - H. Syril Dusenberry
  8. Among the Dealers
    • Sedgehill Industries
    • Smart Business - Tommy Windsor
    • Sherms
    • Flight Three - Herman l. Weber
    • Stull Magic
    • List No. 30 of Caesar, List No. 11 of louis Tannen, etc.
    • Ronald Haines buys business of late John Snyder
  9. Keeping TAB on Men and Books
    • April TAB Selection - Patter Parade - Robert Orben
    • Applause - Berland
    • Cups and Balls - Senor Mardo
    • Encyclopedia of Patter - Robert Orben
    • Bert Allerton & Frederick G. Braue
    • Maurice Rooklyn
    • Les Levante
    • Art Jennings
    • Four Full Hands of Card Tricks - Charles T. Jordan
    • Will Desmond
    • 16th Annual Magi-Fest
    • Counts of Conjuring
    • and other gossip
  10. Great Card Tricks - Glenn G. Gravatt
    • Discoveries by Mathematical Calculation
    • Automatic Location of Chosen Card
    • Watch Me Closely
  11. Trickster Monthly (report from B.A.T.)
    • Editorial
    • Sensational!
    • April B.A.T. Selections
    • Hit The Jackpot
    • Short Shots
  12. Recent Library Acquisitions
  13. advertisements

  1. The Bat - Number Forty - April 1947 - 8 pages
  2. Sympathetic Silk - Carl Sten
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • Walter Price and wife - deaths by fire
  4. Gag Bag
  5. Startling Swim Suit Colors Developed by Berkeleyans - reprint
  6. Hypnotist Works By Television - re: Peter Casson - reprint
  7. cartoon - Tim
  8. Puzzle Corner
  9. Mystic Candle and Silks of Enchantment - J. C. Walter
  10. Keeping TAB on Men and Books
    • Walter B. Gibson
    • Rufus Steele
    • Magic at Your Fingertips - "Hen" Fetsch & Milbourne Christopher
    • Watch This One! - J. B. Bobo
    • S.A.M. Convention & Martin Gardner
    • I.B.M. Convention
    • P.C.A.M. Convention
    • Patter Parade - Robert Orben
    • Four Full Hands
    • Something New - May Selection - Out of the Spook Cabinet - Herman L. Weber
    • Carl Ballantine
    • T.A.O.M.
    • Arthur Buckley
    • and other gossip
  11. Great Card Tricks - Glenn G. Gravatt
    • Forty Nine
    • Color Tells
  12. Trickster Monthly (report from B.A.T.)
    • May Selection - Patter Parade - Robert Orben
    • Encyclopedia of Patter - Robert Orben
    • Milk Pitcher Magic - "Hen" Fetsch
    • Magician Killed For His Stalling - newspaper reprint
    • Johnny Murry - gag
    • E. L. Hodges - puzzle
    • Hit The Jackpot
    • and other gossip
  13. Recent Library Acquisitions
  14. Odds and Ends - Frank M. Chapman
  15. advertisements

  1. The Bat - Number Forty-One - May 1947 - 8 pages
  2. Funny Bunny Business - "Hen" Fetsch
    • Bunny Hat
    • Toy Bunny
    • Tail Light
    • Black Bunny
    • Snap Tail
    • A Short Tail
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  4. Gag Bag
  5. figures for Funny Bunny Business
  6. Puzzle Corner
  7. The Match-ic Penny - Douglas Francis
  8. Keeping TAB on Men and Books
    • Watch This One! - J. B. Bobo
    • 33 Rope Ties and Chain Releases - Burling Hull
    • Dai Vernon
    • Lane's Patter Book
    • This Week magazine
    • Will Desmond
    • Harry Canar
    • Tom Dethlefsen
    • The Magic Wand to reappear
    • Harry K. Shigeta
    • Dr. Zina Bennett
    • The Blackstone Show
  9. Great Card Tricks - Glenn G. Gravatt
    • Perplexity
    • Miracle Card Location
  10. Trickster Monthly (report from B.A.T.)
    • it's June
    • Bunco Cards
    • A Piece of the Future
    • Benefit Performance by the Vancouver Magic Circle
    • Carl Jones
    • Hit The Jackpot
    • Jackpot No. 16
    • Johnnie Murray - match effect
    • Kilroy Was Here - sticker - Professor El-Tab
  11. Recent Library Acquisitions
  12. Boy to Girl - Edwin Tabor
  13. advertisements
  14. cartoon - Tim

  1. The Bat - Number Forty-Two - June 1947 - 8 pages
  2. Opening with a Bang - Christopher Charles
  3. Stop The Press!! - re: P.C.A.M. Convention
  4. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  5. Gag Bag
  6. P.C.A.M. Convention - flyer
  7. Puzzle Corner
  8. Keeping TAB on Men and Books
    • Watch This One! - J. B. Bobo
    • Dye Box Book - Tommy Windsor
    • Electric Bow Tie - Roy Hall
    • Magic Dealer's Association - new officers
    • Ozzie Malini
    • Counts of Conjuring
    • Jack Muir
    • King Tut (Fred Tuttle)
    • C. R. Eaton
    • Out of The Spook Cabinet - Herman Weber
  9. Great Card Tricks - Glenn G. Gravatt
    • Self Working Card Trick
    • Astrological Card Trick
  10. Trickster Monthly (report from B.A.T.)
    • Greetings
    • Miracle String Trick - Joe Berg
    • The Mystic Tags (Kolar Tag Trick)
    • Secret - Everett Samuels
    • Royal H. Brin - another use for the Magic Penny
    • V. I. MacCanon
    • Dai Vernon
    • Seattle Magic Ring
    • John Murray - Magic Penny and match book
    • Hit The Jackpot
  11. Recent Library Acquisitions
  12. advertisements

  1. The Bat - Number Forty-Three - July 1947 - 20 pages
  2. 19th Annual Conference of the Society of American Magicians - Chicago
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  4. Gag Bag
  5. Smart Coin Trick - Frank M. Chapman
  6. The Flight of Silks - Walter The Magician (J. C. Walter)
  7. Cartoon - Tim (Timothy J. Donlin)
  8. Spinning Card - Charlie Miller
  9. Sucker Color Change - Charlie Miller
  10. Great Card Tricks - Glenn G. Gravatt
    • Three Card Discovery
    • Sensitive Fingers
  11. The Match Box Change - Royal H. Brin, Jr.
  12. A Gag - Frank M. Chapman
  13. Puzzle Corner
  14. Among the Dealers
    • Loyd
    • Lou Tannen - silks
    • Magic at Your Fingertips - "Hen" Fetsch & Milbourne Christopher
    • Die Box Book - Tommy Windsor
    • Raymonde's ceramic items
    • Dick Swanson
    • Bob Stull
    • Tom Dethlefsen
  15. "National Nite" - Headliner Show - review
  16. Batting Around the Chicago Round Table - Chic Schoke
  17. Seattle! - P.C.A.M. Convention
  18. P.C.A.M. Convention - flyer
  19. Trickster Monthly (report from B.A.T.)
    • Atomic Coin - Berland
    • Edward Massey
    • Johnny Murray - Coin beneath a glass with Magic Penny
    • Hit The Jackpot
    • photo of Dorny
  20. photo of Platt
  21. photo of Slyter
  22. Magician's Stooge Is Airborne - - re: The Gwynnes - reprint
  23. advertisements
  24. Keeping TAB on Men and Books
    • Outline of Mystery - Arthur Leroy
    • Three - Six Bits - Frank M. chapman
    • other gossip
    • The Great Leon Assembly
    • Jimmy Eyster
    • Clarke Crandall - Camera Cards routine
    • Tough Guy - Chester Morris Breaks Leg Dancing - reprint
    • R.I.P. - John C. Blessing
    • Scoop!!! - Magic Limited has sole rights to works by Joe Ovette
  25. Magic at Your Finger Tips - advertisement
  26. Cotton Handkerchiefs - advertisement
  27. Something New - advertising
    • Squirting Telephone
    • Coin Tray
    • Coin Sand Frame
    • Hades Fire Bowl
    • A Lid and Load (for above)
    • Magic Pictures
  28. Books - advertising
  29. advertising
  30. Recent Library Acquisitions
  31. advertisements

  1. The Bat - Number Forty-Four - August 1947 - 20 pages
  2. News of the Convention (P.C.A.M.)
  3. I.B.M. Convention
  4. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • about writing books for the public
  5. Filling The Gag Bag - Robert Orben
  6. Comedy Card in Balloon - "Hen" Fetsch
  7. Pardon My Persistence - Johnnie Murray
  8. Crandall's camera Cards Conception - Clarke Crandall
  9. Great Card Tricks - Glenn G. Gravatt
    • Easy Card Control
    • Fantastrick
  10. cartoon - Tim
  11. Up! Deck - Hubert Lambert
  12. Puzzle Corner
  13. Among the Dealers
    • Tannen's Ultrasilks
    • Mignon Illusion
    • Robert Emerico re: Loyd's Passe Bottles
    • Tommy Windsor's Street Fakir Act
    • Dick Swanson
    • Jean Foley
    • Jack Miller
    • Henry ("Hen") Fetsch
  14. photo of John Braun
  15. Low Down View of the High Lights Compiled (I.B.M. Convention)
  16. Pacific Coast Association of Magicians 1947 Convention (Seattle)
    • Portland Pre-Convention Party
    • photo of new P.C.A.M. President - Caro Miller
  17. Keeping TAB on Men and Books
    • Oakland Magic Circle - two different groups
    • Ormond McGill
    • Virgil Show
    • J. B. Bobo
    • Vancouver Magic Circle - Quiz Program
    • Religious Magic Association
    • Counts of Conjuring
    • TAB Selections
      • Three - Six Bits - Frank M. Chapman
      • Outline of Mystery - Arthur Leroy
      • The Hands Only - Senor Mardo
    • Irving Joslyn in Genii
    • additional gossip
    • photo of Lloyd Jones, Dell O'Dell and John Yarmola
  18. Close Up Magic - Bert Allerton
  19. Trickster Monthly (report from B.A.T.)
    • August Selection - Atomic Coin
    • September Selection - The Double Alpha Telephone Newspaper Test - Wilbur Kattner
    • Alternate Selection List - available
    • Johnny Murray - magnet ideas
    • Hit The Jackpot
  20. Batting Around Chicago - John Yarmola
  21. photo of Joe Ovette as a Chinese magician
  22. Vanishing Gold Fish - Magical Ovette
  23. Card Surprise! - Lloyd E. Jones
  24. advertisements
  25. Recent Library Acquisitions
  26. advertisements
  27. Convention Highlights (P.C.A.M.)
    • Photo of Orla Moody
  28. Magic at Your Finger Tips - advertisement
  29. advertisements

  1. The Bat - Number Forty-Five [misnumbered as 44] - September 1947 - 16 pages
  2. The Bat Takes a Look at Life [the magazine]
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • about writing books for the magical fraternity
  4. Filling The Gag Bag - Robert Orben
  5. Life Goes to a Magicians' Convention - reprint
  6. Batting Around Chicago - John Yarmola
  7. cartoon - Tim
  8. Great Card Tricks - Glenn G. Gravatt
    • Elimination Discovery
    • Pirate Card and Envelope
  9. It's A Chip - Arthur Leroy
  10. photos [from P.C.A.M. Convention?]
  11. Puzzle Corner
    • The Mathematical Number
  12. Among the Dealers
    • Desmond
    • Magic Dealer's Association
    • Magic Sermonettes - catalog
    • Quad City Picnic a Success
  13. Close-Up Card and Handkerchief - Jack Lamonte
  14. Dollar Illusion - Arthur Leroy
  15. Trickster Monthly (report from B.A.T.)
    • October Selection - Three Gags
    • Bob Gunther - stunt with Magic Penny
    • Johnnie Murray - gag
    • Hugh Riley - gag
    • Joe Berg - idea for Instanto Rope
    • Roscoe L. Gaylord - idea for Instanto Rope
    • "Tiny" Notbohm & Clint English
    • Hit The Jackpot
  16. Keeping TAB on Men and Books
    • Magic of the Scottish Conjurers Association - book
    • Watch This One!
    • August TAB books shipped late
    • Encyclopedia of Thumb Tip Tricks
    • Harold and Virginia Agnew had a girl
    • Leon Mandrake show in Kansas City
    • Paco Miller shows
    • Rooklyn
    • Francis Martineau
    • Olindo Galluccio's mother dies
    • Earl Wheeler & Card Mondor
  17. Confusion - J. B. Bobo
  18. Ko'tronis' Vampire Block - James Kolocotronis
  19. Recent Library Acquisitions
  20. advertisements
  21. Last Minute News Flashes
    • Braue has a girl
    • Vic and Carolyn Trask to return from Panama
    • Thanks to Life
    • Clayton Wyatt
  22. advertisements

  1. The Bat - Number Forty-Six - October 1947 - 12 pages
  2. Half in Bottle Routine - Ralph Deshong
  3. T.A.O.M. Convention - W. S. Mahendra
    • Quick-of-Hand Mystics Puzzle 2,500 at Show - reprint
  4. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  5. Gag Bag
  6. cartoon - Tim
  7. Professor Herman Picker - photos of him catching a flying saucer
  8. Wild Aces - Dick Armburst
  9. Puzzle Corner
  10. untitled comments
    • photo - Magigals skit at P.C.A.M.
    • Vancouver Magic Circle - Third Annual Ladies Night and Banquet
    • Seattle Magic Ring - Prestidigitator
    • Oakland Magic Circle - new officers
    • Southern California clubs
    • Capitol City Magic Club - Sacramento
    • Caro Miller
    • Genii Magic Club of San Jose - Third Annual Comic Capers
    • I.B.M. Ring 38 - picnic
    • The Great Leon Assembly - S.A.M. No. 40 - Dealer Nights
  11. Great Card Tricks - Glenn G. Gravatt
    • Red and Black
    • The Nine Principle
    • Chicago Card Trick
    • Three Predictions
  12. Sheldon S. Henry dies - reminiscences
  13. Keeping TAB on Men and Books
    • November selection - Without Mirrors - Christopher Charles
    • Winners of thumb tip material
    • John J. Crimmins has a boy
    • Four born to members of Oakland Magic circle
    • Vancouver Magic Circle - Magical Minutes
    • fair shows
    • Earnie Bryan lost his mother
    • Act of Curt Walter and Carol
    • Tom Osborne married
    • new Tershay Show
    • Dariel Fitzkee
    • The Virgil Show
    • Johnny Platt
    • Bert Easley opens magic shop
  14. Trickster Monthly (report from B.A.T.)
    • November selection - Ribbon Surprise - R. C. Buff
    • TAB to be revised in 1948
    • Hit The Jackpot 21
      • Screwy Knot - Allan Lambie
      • Bills of Midas - Allan Lambie
    • Allan Lambie - effects with Magic Penny - next month
    • Counts of Conjuring convention
  15. Recent Library Acquisitions
  16. Confetti to Candy - Joseph Ovette
  17. advertisements

  1. The Bat - Number Forty-Seven - November 1947 - 12 pages
  2. Card Trick Poll - Fred Braue
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  4. Gag Bag
  5. Yours to Command! - Gerald Kosky
  6. The Mexican Miracle (a card coincidence)
  7. Your Card Might Be Here - Walter B. Gibson
  8. Bert Kalmar laid to rest
  9. Card Location - James Kolocotronis
  10. Key Card - Joseph Ovette
  11. Puzzle Corner
  12. The Rugged Vanish - Wilbur Kattner
  13. Comedy - Six Card Repeat with Six Cards - Joe Paff
  14. Great Card Tricks - Glenn G. Gravatt
    • Calling All Cards
    • Telephone Test
  15. The Pixie Card Sandwich - V. St. John
  16. Keeping TAB on Men and Books
    • December selection - C.L.I.P. - Clever Little Ideas Presented - U. F. Grant
    • Miraculous Hindu Feats
    • Chester Morris article in October Popular Mechanics
    • Watch closely! - play by Bert Levy
    • first volume of Rice's Encyclopedia of Silk Magic
    • C. L. Boarde treatise on billet work
    • Modern Magi
    • first volume of Magic with Small Apparatus - Dr. Jules Dhotel
    • magic lectures
    • I.B.M. Convention Souvenir Program delivered late
    • Lloyd E. Jones appointed National Deputy of the S.A.M.
    • new Dariel Fitzkee book in the works
    • Hollywood Magic Shop sold
  17. Trickster Monthly (report from B.A.T.)
    • December selection - Futuristic Foursome - Eddie Clever & James Thompson, Jr.
    • Invisible Coin Pass - Allan Lambie
    • Passe Passe Coins - Allan Lambie
    • Mental Cigarette Control - Allan Lambie
    • Magic Penny Material - Allan Lambie
    • presentation for The Prolix Spirit Slates
    • Hit The Jackpot 22
  18. Recent Library Acquisitions
  19. advertisements

  1. The Bat - Number Forty-Eight - December 1947 - 12 pages
  2. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
    • The Bat
    • The B.A.T.
    • The TAB
    • Magic Limited
  3. Gag Bag
  4. Spell Any Name Card Trick - J. C. Walter
  5. Puzzle Corner
  6. Lightning Silk Production - Harold G. Beaumont
  7. cartoon - from Collier's
  8. The "Dilly Deck!" - Lloyd E. Jones
  9. Giant's Memory - A. Whitaker
  10. Cocktail Cup Routine - Bud Spraker
  11. Keeping TAB on Men and Books
    • Good-Bye TAB
    • C.L.I.P.
    • Marvelous Hindu Feats
    • Magicana gone
    • The Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism - Ormond McGill - Abbott's
    • Ormond McGill - Dr. Zomb Spook Show
    • J. B. Bobo
    • Cyclopedia of Magic - Henry Hay - not ready for 1947
    • Mainly Mental - C. L. Boarde - scraped
    • San Jose Mystic Thirteen installation party
    • The Dallas Magic Circle - show
    • The Vancouver Magic Circle - Third Annual Ladies Night
    • Denver's bid for S.A.M. Convention lost out to Atlantic City
    • Virgil Show had truck accident
    • Mandrake The Magician
    • Golden Gate Assembly - fourth annual Union League Club Show
    • Francisco closes his Midnight Spook Show Tour
  12. Trickster Monthly (report from B.A.T.)
    • January selection - Pea Can
    • two ideas for October's Three Gags - William A. Ratcliffe
    • Lionel Martelle, Jimmy Hawkins & Johnnie Murray
    • Maurice Rooklyn
    • Roscoe L. Gaylord
    • Abracadabra & International Magic Congress
    • Hit The Jackpot 23
  13. Great Card Tricks - Glenn G. Gravatt
    • Hummer's Great Discovery
    • Notes on the Great Discovery
  14. Recent Library Acquisitions
  15. advertisements

  1. The Bat - Number Forty-Nine - January 1948 - 8 pages
  2. How to Float a Handkerchief - Sid Fleischman - complete book
    1. The Million Dollar Gimmick - One Man Method - Non-Thread
    2. The Tripod Gimmick
    3. The Acrobatic Silk - One Man Method - Thread
    4. One Minute of Magic
    5. The Self-Contained Rising Handkerchief
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  4. The Gag Bag
  5. Puzzle Corner
  6. photo - James Lee
  7. Trickster Monthly (report from B.A.T.)
    • February selection - plastic Okito coin Box
    • new alternate selection list
    • gag from Ed Tabor
    • Hit The Jackpot 24
  8. Keeping TAB
    • Ireland's Yearbook for 1947
    • The Los Angeles Society of Magicians - new officers
    • Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism - Ormond McGill - Abbott's
    • Nelson's Super Prediction Tricks
    • Open Sesame!
    • Mastered Amazement - Koran & Lamonte
    • and other gossip
    • closing of last vaudeville theatre in New York
  9. advertisements

  1. The Bat - Number Fifty - February 1948 - 8 pages
  2. Obedient Silks - Howard Warringer
  3. Bat's Belfry - editor's comments
  4. Gag Bag
  5. Keeping TAB
    • 11th Annual convention of New England Magicians
    • Lueben goes insane on card shuffling bet
    • Bert Easley
    • Fred Robinson
    • Conjuror's is late due to advertisers
    • J. B. Bono
    • Dr. Lazlo Rothbart committed suicide
    • Knights of Magic
  6. Great Card Tricks - Glenn G. Gravatt
    • Card Mystery
    • Group Detection
    • The Magic of Nine
  7. Puzzle Corner
  8. "The Never Failing Card" - Gerald Kosky
  9. Trickster Monthly (report from B.A.T.)
    • March selection - Strongest Thought - Clever & Thompson
    • new membership cards
    • Hit The Jackpot 25 - A Magic Calendar
  10. Recent Library Acquisitions
  11. advertisements

  1. Magic Limited - Unconventional Report - November 1945 - 4 pages
  2. We Love Our Customers better than anybody
    • trip North
  3. The Vancouver Party
  4. Seattle Magic Ring
  5. best sellers on trip

  1. Magic Limited - Unconventional Report - July 1946 - 4 pages
  2. I.B.M. Convention - St. Louis
    • cartoon - reprint from St. Louis Star-Times
    • One of 1,000 Magicians Here Rolls Sevens in Technicolor - reprint
    • Amateur Magician Rings Bell With Spirit Trick - reprint
    • Wise Crowd Is As Entertaining As Experts At Magicians Show - reprint

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