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The Magical Monthly

by Edward Bagshawe
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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. This, our first number, quite possibly has its share of imperfections. In that case, dear reader, we would ask you to bear with us indulgently. A first number is merely a dress-rehearsal; improvements and additions will follow as a matter of course. It is believed that a new monthly journal, published at a popular price and at a time when regular "monthly magic" is not readily forthcoming, will be welcomed by the majority of magicians.

Our policy? As that has been but recently taken out, it may be relied upon not to lapse in the near future. It is to offer, as far as we are able, good magical material for all. Much original "copy" is already to hand from well-known magical contributors, and this, appearing in future issues, will no doubt be of great interest. Books and new apparatus will be reviewed thoroughly and impartially in our columns, and this section cannot fail to prove of value to our readers, considering the large number of novelties which now appear on the market every year. The latest news from the magical world will also be faithfully recorded, and new features added from time to time to keep the production up-to-date.

At all times we shall be pleased to hear from readers, and suggestions for the magazine will receive careful attention. Criticism—adverse or complimentary—is welcomed with open arms, and we shall endeavour to mould the publication to make acceptable reading for all magicians. Obviously, we cannot do this by ourselves. We need your support for that, dear reader. Perhaps you will help? .... Thank you!

Our second number is due for publication promptly on the 1st of November, and in it we hope to offer several topical novelties. A new series of articles by Mr. S. H. Sharpe will commence, under the title of "Some Ancient Magic Made Modern," and also a series of card items entitled "Puzzling Pasteboard Perplexities."

In conclusion, if you will lend us one of your ears we will whisper the usual editorial request: when you have read this number will you be good enough to show it to your friends? The sentence is hackneyed, but in this case it has the merit of sincerity. We have an almost morbid desire for a large circulation, you know.

Volume 1, Number 1, October 1923

  • A Foreword to a New Magazine
  • A Card Coincidence / Ben. R. Hart
  • A Postal Problem / Norman Hunter
  • The Anoaxograph / Ernest E. Noakes
  • The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring / Frank Staff
  • A Surprise Packet / Edward Bagshawe
  • Shadow Sorcery / George Hayes
  • Reviews: Massey's Diminishing Card. Scheldon's Master Forcing Pack

Volume 1, Number 2, November 1923

  • Monthly Jottings
  • A War Relic / Colin Donister
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: The Birdcage Casket / S. H. Sharpe
  • Conjuring with Livestock / Norman Hunter
  • A Quick Exchange / Eric P. Wilson
  • Puzzling Pasteboard Perplexities: Invisible Transit / Edward Bagshawe
  • Reviews: Apparatus: Multiplying Golf Balls; Books: Further Expert Magic; Thoughtful Magic
  • Tricks and Tips &c.

Volume 1, Number 3, December 1923

  • Monthly Jottings
  • A Pull for Handkerchiefs / Colin Donister
  • Did It Ever Occur To You? / C.H. Tickell
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: The Watch, Glass and Handkerchief
  • Exposers Beware!
  • The Billiard Ball Cylinder / Frank Herbert
  • Childhood Days, The Magic Well / Eric P. Wilson
  • Topical Tricks / C.H. Tickell
  • Puzzling Pasteboard Perplexities
    • The Flying Card / J. Whitehead
    • The Magnetic Joker / C.H. Tickell
  • Reviews: Apparatus: The Spooky Spools; Books: Simplified Conjuring; More Paper Magic; Tested Magic; Magic of the Depots
  • Tricks and Tips &c.
  • Here and There

Volume 1, Number 4, January 1924

  • Monthly Jottings
  • The Mystic Matchboxes / Ben R. Hart
  • The Organ Pipes Illusion
  • A Visible 20th Century / A. E. Maxwell
  • How itis Done / Colin Donister
  • Correspondence
  • A Matchbox Mystery
  • A Novel Card & Silk Effect / Ed Bagshawe
  • Egg Magic / C.H. Tickell
  • Puzzling Pasteboard Perplexities
    • A New Card Trick / Arthur H. Paul
    • A Card Location
  • Book Reviews: Modern Master Mysteries; Selected Tricks
  • Tricks and Tips &c.
  • Here and There

Volume 1, Number 5, February 1924

  • Monthly Jottings
  • A Good Die Vanish / C.H. Tickell
  • The Upside Down Candle
  • Ringcraft
  • Ancient Magic Made Modern: The Firebowl Production / Ed Bagshawe
  • Correspondence Clubs
  • Don't For Magicians
  • Puzzling Pasteboard Perplexities
  • Correspondence
  • The Dissolving Handkerchief / Frank Herbert
  • A New Celebrity Trick / A. E. Maxwell
  • Reviews
  • Tricks and Tips &c.
  • Here and There

Volume 1, Number 6, March 1924

  • Monthly Jottings
  • The Die and Silks
  • What is Wrong with Magic / Patrick Playfair
  • A Pull with an Improvement / Reg. Simpson
  • Ancient Magic Made Modern: Welcome Stranger / S.H. Sharpe
  • News of Magicians in USA
  • Magicians Who Vanish / Laurance Glen
  • A Card Frame Idea / Ed Bagshawe
  • Tricks and Tips &c.
  • Here and There

Volume 1, Number 7, April 1924

  • Monthly Chat
  • A Borrowed Ring and Nest of Envelopes / C.H. Tickell
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: The Japanese Handkerchief Box / S.H. Sharpe
  • Correspondence
  • The Paper Ball Trick
  • A Novel Finish to Thimble Production / Harry Kaye
  • Improvements and Suggestions
  • With Our Contemporaries
  • A New Vanishing Tumbler
  • Here and There

Volume 1, Number 8, May 1924

  • Monthly Chat
  • Silent Hand Reading / C.H. Tickell
  • A Liquid Vanish / Harry Kaye
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: Angling Extraordinary / S.H. Sharpe
  • Hey Presto!
  • New Billiard Ball Moves / Dudley Williamson
  • The Devil's Finger and Ring Trick / C.H. Tickell
  • Original Appearing and Disappearing Coins / Bert Horsman
  • Fragments
  • Piracy / C.H. Tickell
  • Tricks and Tips
  • Here and There

Volume 1, Number 9, June 1924

  • Monthly Chat
  • Hildyard's Burnt and Flying Handkerchief / Louis Leslie
  • An "Egg-Shell-Ent" Idea / Leslie R. King
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: The Prachute Silks / S.H. Sharpe
  • Conjuring and Conjurers / J. Whitehead
  • Creations Magiques
  • The Leo de Val Burnt and Restored Postal Order / Harry Kaye
  • Fragments
  • A Simplified System of Coin Palming / Bert Horsman
  • Match Tricks / C.H. Tickell
  • Tricks and Tips
  • Here and There

Volume 1, Number 10, July 1924

  • Monthly Chat
  • A Wandering Wand / Reg. Simpson
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: A Silk Transformation / S.H. Sharpe
  • Hildyard's Coffee Cylinder / Louis Leslie
  • Answers, Suggestions and Tips
  • Recollection of an Old Time Conjurer / J. Whitehead
  • Phantom Coins / Bert Horsman
  • Words for Wizards / George F. Schult
  • A Wordy Wizard
  • Correspondence
  • A Hat Load / J. Raynor
  • Heard This One
  • Tricks and Tips
  • Here and There

Volume 1, Number 11, August 1924

  • Monthly Chat
  • A Novel Card Experiment / Reg. Simpson
  • Hildyard's Paper Tube Illusion / Louis Leslie
  • To Those It May Concern: A Finish for the Spooky Spools / Leslie R. King
  • A Different Story
  • Answers, Suggestions and Tips
  • A Production Box / A. E. Maxwell
  • An Amazing Adventure / Ernesto
  • Fragments
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: Audible Thoughts / S.H. Sharpe
  • Paper Bags and Flying Silks / Bert Horsman
  • Correspondence
  • Here and There

Volume 1, Number 12, September 1924

  • Monthly Chat
  • Improved Egg Production and Vanishing Effect / Bert Horsman
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: Exit / S.H. Sharpe
  • Correspondence
  • Answers, Suggestions and Tips
  • A Canister and Ball Vanish / H. Sibley
  • Jacks and Jills / Ben R. Hart
  • Hildyard's Mutilated and Restored Flag / Louis Leslie
  • Tricks and Tips
  • Here and There

Volume 2, Number 1, October 1924

  • Monthly Chat
  • Which Shall it Be? / Bert Horsman
  • The "Norvic" Silks / Ernesto
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: Conjuring with Colour / S.H. Sharpe
  • Magic and South Africa / Laurance Glen
  • Coincidence
  • Coming Events
  • Answers, Suggestions and Tips
  • Correspondence
  • Tricks and Tips
  • Here and There

Volume 2, Number 2, November 1924

  • Monthly Chat
  • A Four Ace Trick / Colin Donister
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: Evolution, Distribution and Illusion / S.H. Sharpe
  • Blindfold Colour Clairvoyance / Bert Horsman
  • Six Cards
  • Damaged and Restored Tumbler Effect / Edwin Milburn
  • A Magical Cover / J. Whitehead
  • Hildyard's Discovery of a Chosen Card
  • Answers, Suggestions and Tips
  • Magical Nonsense / Ben R. Hart
  • Book Reviews
  • Here and There

Volume 2, Number 3, December 1924

  • Monthly Chat
  • "Oculta" / Bert Horsman
  • A Cut and Restored Ribbon / Colin Donister
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: A Little Bit of Fluff / S.H. Sharpe
  • Helpful Hints by "Candidus"
  • Hildyard's "Book of Flags" Illusion / Louis Leslie
  • Book Reviews
  • A Number of Things / S.H. Sharpe
  • Here and There

Volume 2, Number 4, January 1925

  • Monthly Chat
  • Blindfold Divination / Louis Leslie
  • A New Turban Effect / Reg. Simpson
  • A Master Impromptu Card / Max Holden
  • Correspondence
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: Climax / S.H. Sharpe
  • Answers, Suggestions and Tips / Eric P. Wilson
  • A New Envelope Fake / Edward Bagshawe
  • The Rising Card From Case / G.P. Sanderson
  • Here and There

Volume 2, Number 5, February 1925

  • Monthly Chat
  • The Discovery of Selected Cards / Colin Donister
  • Correspondence
  • To the Magical Fraternity
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: The Sense of Touch / S.H. Sharpe
  • Borrowed Coin, Watch and Handkerchief Combination
  • Crossworditis / Edward Bagshawe
  • A Novel Opening Effect / G. H. Turner
  • A Card Escape / J. Whitehead
  • Answers, Suggestions and Tips / Eric P. Wilson

Volume 2, Number 6, March 1925

  • Monthly Chat
  • The Silk Stocking / Ben R. Hart
  • A Silk Mystery / A. E. Maxwell
  • Correspondence
  • Recollections of an Old Time Conjurer / Prof. Wareing
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: A Peculiar Playing Card Problem / S.H. Sharpe
  • A Magical Crossword / Dudley Williamson
  • Production and Vanishing of Eggs from Hat / J. Whitehead
  • A Great Idea
  • A Cross Word Puzzle
  • Answers, Suggestions and Tips / Eric P. Wilson
  • Here and There

Volume 2, Number 7, April 1925

  • Monthly Chat
  • The Die Box / George Blake
  • Correspondence
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: The Passing of the Third Block / S.H. Sharpe
  • A New Coin Trick / Ben R. Hart
  • Rabbit Pan Combination / Prof. Wareing
  • A Rope Trick
  • Houdini, the Handcuff King
  • Bewildering Balancing Boxes / James Richardson
  • Locating a Card / J. Whitehead
  • Here and There

Volume 2, Number 8, May 1925

  • Monthly Chat
  • A Slate and Newspaper Effect / Prof. Wareing
  • Cigar Transformation / Bert Douglas
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: A Problem in Pips / S.H. Sharpe
  • Aerial Egg Production / Bert Horsman
  • Sheffield Circle of Magicians
  • To Fagan at St. George's Hall
  • Answers, Suggestions and Tips
  • Correspondence
  • A Number of Things / S.H. Sharpe
  • Here and There

Volume 2, Number 9, June 1925

  • Monthly Chat
  • The Knotted Silk that Unties Itself / Bert Horsman
  • The Chinese Ring / Prof. Wareing
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: All Smoke / S.H. Sharpe
  • Answers, Suggestions and Tips
  • Something Personal
  • Correspondence
  • An Effective Combination / Reg. Simpson
  • The "Extra Surprise" Dovepan / C.H. Turner
  • Here and There

Volume 2, Number 10, July 1925

  • Monthly Chat
  • Ideas for Improvement / T. Page Wright
  • The Fairies' Slate and Sum / Prof. Wareing
  • Z-Rays / Ben R. Hart
  • Answers, Suggestions and Tips
  • Topical Magic
  • A "Wand" Tip
  • The Wonderful Weave / T. Page Wright
  • Another Opening Effect / C.H. Turner
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: Smoke Clouds and Cigarettes / S.H. Sharpe
  • The New Knife and Selected Cards / Max Holden
  • Borrowed Bits
  • Mr. Eric P. Wilson
  • Here and There

Volume 2, Number 11, August 1925

  • Monthly Chat
  • "Z-Rays" / Ben R. Hart
  • Correspondence
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: Points for Alfresco Workers / S.H. Sharpe
  • An Effective Card Trick / Gerald Brooks
  • A "Minute Teaser" / Reg. Simpson
  • A Call for Originality / J. Whitehead
  • The Aerial Card
  • The X-Ray Trick
  • Bubbles / G.H. Turner
  • The Toy Theatre
  • A Cigarette Subtlety
  • Answers, Suggestions and Tips
  • Here and There

Volume 2, Number 12, September 1925

  • Monthly Chat
  • Three Tricks / David Bell
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern / The Elastic Lady / S.H. Sharpe
  • Another Knife and Selected Cards / G.P. Sanderson
  • Correspondence
  • Programme Competition
  • Mr. Walter Jeans / Arthur Whitaker
  • Your Card! My Photo! / J. Whitehead
  • A Card and Candle Effect. A Spot Effect / T. Sellers
  • A "Minute Teaser" / Reg. Simpson
  • Here and There

Volume 3, Number 1, October 1925

  • At Random
  • A Cigarette Transposition / Stanley P. Bowman
  • A Home-Made a-Ace Stand / S.C. Pemberton
  • Arnold De Biere: Seen at the Shepherd's Bush Empire
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: The Elfin Sunshades / S.H. Sharpe
  • The Latest Books
  • When Arranging Your Programme for the Season
  • Answers, Suggestions and Tips / A. E. Maxwell
  • A Cigarette Card Trick / Reginald Simpson
  • Here and There

Volume 3, Number 2, November 1925

  • At Random
  • A Dye Tube Hint / David Bell
  • Solved and Unsolved Mysteries / J. Whitehead
  • Answers, Suggestions and Tips / A. E. Maxwell
  • Another Matter Thro' Matter Experiment / J. A. Mugford
  • A Production from a Sheet of Paper / Harry Kaye
  • The Latest Books
  • A Novel Production Box / S. C. Pemberton
  • New Rising Cards / Bert Horsman
  • Magical Monthly Mail
  • Jasper Maskelyne (Programme)
  • A Card Discovery / Edward Bagshawe
  • Here and There

Volume 3, Number 3, December 1925

  • At Random
  • The "2Lo" Card Trick / S.P. Bowman
  • Affiliated Societies Conference in Sheffield / G.P. Sanderson
  • A Card Trick that Looks Like Magic / J. Whitehead
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: The Wishing Box / S.H. Sharpe
  • A Night of Magic / J. Whitehead
  • Some New Magical Ideas / Lavilette
  • Answers, Suggestions and Tips / A.E. Maxwell
  • A Cigarette and Tissue Mystery / S.P. Bowman
  • Lavilette at the Public Hall Slough
  • The Reversed Card: An EAsy Method / T. Sellers
  • A New Card Force / T. Sellers
  • The Wireless Card / Ernest Oakes
  • A Few Snaps / J. Whitehead
  • Here and There

Volume 3, Number 4, January 1926

  • At Random
  • Embroidery Magic / Edward Bagshawe
  • Gags That "Go"
  • Mr. T.H. Chislett's Magical Seance / Jas A. Revill
  • The Flying Coins / J. Whitehead
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: The Educated Pack / S.H. Sharpe
  • Collin's Card Conceits
  • Facts or Fiction? / Clement
  • Neptune's Lights / T. Sellers
  • Coin Thro' Silk / Max Holden

Volume 3, Number 5, February 1926

  • At Random
  • The Magician' Club Annual Dinner / George Wood
  • Magic in Australia
  • Some Good Card Tricks / J. Whitehead
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: The Pekin Parasol / S.H. Sharpe
  • A New Magical Conception / Bert Douglas
  • Magical Monthly Mail
  • Magical Notions / Dudley Williamson
  • Here and There

Volume 3, Number 6, March 1926

  • At Random
  • Strange Shooting / T. Page Wright
  • More Notions / Dudley Williamson
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: Jack-In-The-Box Illusion / S.H. Sharpe
  • Tic-Toc-Go (New Method) / Clement
  • A Thought-Reading Card Experiment / James Macfarlane
  • More Rising Cards / Laurance Glen
  • Magical Monthly Mail
  • Here and There

Volume 3, Number 7, April 1926

  • At Random
  • Magical Programmes: Amasis
  • The Triangle Mystery / Lavilette
  • Something New In Pocket Tricks / Tom Sellers
  • An Easy Coin Sleight / Tom Sellers
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: Heart Beats / S.H. Sharpe
  • The "New Cut" / Valentine Beestonn
  • Magical Monthly Mail
  • Billiard Ball and Silk / J. Whitehead
  • New Measured "Cut and Restored Paper Ribbon / Bert Horsman

Volume 3, Number 8, May 1926

  • At Random
  • A Simple Problem / Lavilette
  • A Few Snaps / J. Whitehead
  • Some Good Match Tricks / J. Whitehead
  • Shuffle-O / Spaziane
  • Some Ancient Magic Made Modern: A Wizard While You Wait / S.H. Sharpe
  • The Balls Under Hat - a la cups and balls / E. J. Higgins
  • More Magical Conceptions: The Silver Cube / Lavilette
  • A New Production Box / D. Bellman
  • The Four Aces / T. Sellers
  • Another Card Effect / T. Sellers
  • Ben Said, the Algerian "Funjuror"
  • Heads of Tails / E. A. Oakes

Volume 3, Number 9, June 1926

  • At Random
  • More Good Card Tricks / J. Whitehead
  • Magical Monthly Mail
  • Common Errors: Palming Cards / Valentine Beestonn
  • Idea for a Novel Production Box / T. Sellers
  • An Improved Coin Tray / T. Sellers
  • A Simple Card Vanish / J. Whitehead
  • Magical Musings: On New Effects / S.H. Sharpe
  • The Silk That Unties Itself / Lavilette
  • Magic in High Places: Howard Thurston
  • A Penetrating Coin
  • A Novel Rising Card Effect
  • A Colour Changing Pack / J. Whitehead
  • Here and There

Volume 3, Number 10, July 1926

  • At Random
  • A Card Frame Trick / J. Whitehead
  • A Nice Little Puzzle / T. Sellers
  • Two Effective Card Tricks / Lavilette
  • A Production Tube / J. Whitehead
  • Common Errors / Valentine Beestonn
  • Magical Musings: Patter Problems / S.H. Sharpe
  • The I.B.M. Convention
  • Magical Novelties / J. Whitehead
  • Leon Berg at the Metropolitan, London
  • Here and There
  • A Surprise Ending for the Bottle and Glass Experiment / Ernest A. Morris

Volume 3, Number 11, August 1926

  • At Random
  • An Easy Method of Loading-In the Dyeing Handkerchief Tube / Ernest A. Morris
  • A Simple Code for Card Telepathists / T. Sellers
  • At St. George's Hall: "Hullo, Maskelyne!"
  • Amercian Magical News
  • Magical Musings: On Programmes and Practising / S.H. Sharpe
  • A Production Cylinder
  • Card and Coin Stand / J. Whitehead
  • Magical Programmes "Clement", Chalet Theatre, Skegness
  • A New Magician / J. Whitehead

Volume 3, Number 12, September 1926

  • At Random
  • A Cigarette Mystery / Edward Bagshawe
  • Random Shots / J. Whitehead
  • A Long Run / Lavilette
  • How to Tell A Person's Fortune with a Box of Matches / Lavilette
  • A Production or Escape Box / J. Whitehead
  • Card Telepathy / T. Sellers
  • A Dictionary Force / A.E. Maxwell
  • A Simple Idea for the Talking Hand / T. Sellers
  • Magic From Behind the Scenes
  • Magical Musings: More on Programmes and Practising / S.H. Sharpe
  • Another Card Deception / Edward Bagshawe
  • The Passing Penny / A.E. Maxwell
  • A Trick for the Pocket / T. Sellers
  • Try This One! / T. Sellers

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