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 volume 4 you will find Feats of Strength in Magic including Pack Tearing (with a You Do as I Do effect) and Tearing a Telephone Directory, Milbourne Christopher’s Column, Billiard Balls, Roundabout by Fred Braue, Hu-Gardenias, The Okito Card Control, Jet Propelled Match, The Anatomy of the Hand, The Best Impromptu Four Aces, and much more. Here are some highlights:
The Diamond Penny by Ross Bertram
The Challenge Grand Slam and Little Slam by John Scarne
Magic by Telephone by Harold J. Kelly
Infallible Indicator by Dai Vernon
The Magic Spell by Dai Vernon
Vernon + Braue
Side-Steal and ‘Cut’ Combination by Victor Farelli
With the Fred Braue Invisible Pass by Victor Farelli
Super Optical Illusion by George Sands
Challenge Color Change by Frank Dobrina
Visbo-coin-go by Frank Garcia
Perfect Poker Problem by Gus Southall
A New Color Change by E.H. Borden
The Flight of Time Watch Silk and Tumbler Combination by Jean Hugard
How I Eat Lighted Cigarettes by Dr. Rolland Fraser
Uncanny Coincidence by Howard Adams
The Homing Card by Al Cohn
Invisible Reverse by Milton Tropp
Can You Deal a Good Poker Hand? by Jean Hugard