The incomparable Hugard’s Magic Monthly has more magic per page than almost any other periodical ever published.
Fred Braue said, “On the whole I think there is more good material in Hugard’s than all the remaining magazines put together”.
Edited by Jean Hugard, Hugard’s Magic Monthly was “Devoted solely to the interests of magic and magicians” from 1943 to 1964 and featured the most interesting information on the magic scene during that period. Hugard wrote, “My object in publishing this sheet is to set forth fully, clearly and conscientiously the best things in magic so that if my readers absorb the instructions and carry them out in practice they will acquire a repertoire of good magic that will last a lifetime”. He succeeded admirably!
Hugard’s boasts 245 issues, more than 1,560 individual tricks and sleights, and 2500 pages in 21 volumes. Quite a lot of material. Inside you will find tricks, articles, and news pertaining to a veritable who’s who: Max Malini, Victor Farelli, Ted Annemann, Martin Gardner, Harry Lorayne, Milbourne Christopher, Ross Bertram, George Kaplan, Cliff Green, Fred Braue, Jean Hugard, Jerry Andrus, Al Baker, Peter Kane, Bert Allerton, Max Katz, Sid Lorraine, Dr. Daley, Ed Marlo, Okito, Stanley Collins, Joe Berg, David Devant, Slydini, Dai Vernon, Hugh Scott, Howie Schwartzman, Jay Marshall, Emil Jarrow, S. Leo Horowitz, Cliff Green, Frank Garcia, Paul Curry, Chung Ling Soo, Kellar, John Scarne, Robert-Houdin, T. Nelson Downs, Charlie Miller, Nate Leipzig, Stewart James, and many more!
Inside this volume you will find regularly featured sections like Column for Coin Men by John V. Hope and Robert Olson, Backstage by Frank Joglar, Hu-Gardenias, Out of my Profonde by Arthur Leroy, Milbourne Christopher’s Column, Book Profiles by John J. Crimmins, Jr., Shadow Magic, Patter collected by Cliff Green, Tricks for Children in Search of a Magician, and Roundabout with Fred Braue. Additionally, here are just a few of the tricks and articles featured within:
Nate Leipzig’s Card Control by Paul Morris
Gambler’s False Cut by Harry Lorayne
“A Thinking Man’s” Bill in Cigarette by Don Alan
The Insidious Token by John V. Hope and Robert Olson
Endorsed Advice: Letter from Charlie Miller to Albert Goshman
Count-Off by Gerald Kosky
Sponge Ball Routine by Jerry Lukins
The Vanishing Clown by Theo Dore
A New Cigarette Move by Arnold Belais “The Smo-King”
Reverse English on the Four Coins Across by John V. Hope and Robert Olson
Coin Through the Hat by Gene Elmo
The Six Coin Repeat by John V. Hope and Robert Olson
For Beginners…and “Experts” by Jean Hugard
Throughth by Jean Hugard
The Close Quarters Vanish by John V. Hope and Robert Olson
Some Original Escape Ideas by Charles Ruben (“Rubini”)
The Break by Jean Hugard
Coin Vanish for Skeptics by John V. Hope and Robert Olson
Double Scotch by Joseph M. White (Midget Magi)
False Cut by Jean Hugard
Look, No Thumb-Tips! by Paul Caruso
Card Sleights by Jean Hugard
Gypsy Glass Trick by Jean Hugard
The Dream by Gerald Kosky
Calling Card Spelling by Willard S. Smith
Two in One by Jean Hugard
Four Coin Penetration by Jacob Taub M.D.