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 five you will find articles on ball magic, card magic, coin magic, the “Roundabout with Fred Braue” column (including the 5 best card tricks poll results), “Milbourne Christopher’s Column”, and much more. Here is a small selection of the great effects and ideas:
“The Magic Carpet” and “The Daley Switch” by Dr. Jacob Daley
“The Ubiquitous Matches” by Harold J. Kelly
“Reversing a Card” by Harry P. Graham
“Max Katz’s Interlace False Shuffle in the Air”, “The Max Katz Double-Lift”, and “Think of a Number” by Max Katz
“Colin Kelly’s Calling Card” by Mat Schulein, Sr.
“Change for a Dollar” by Al Baker
“Anti-Gravico Perfected” by R.M. Jamison
“The Hop Ping Koyne Trick” by Gerald Kosky
“An Invisible Top Card Palm” by H Schwartzman
“Torn and Restored Card with a Borrowed Deck”, “Card Magic-The Spring Pass”, “Flowers and Candy an Opening Act”, “The Magic Ring”, and “The Linking Rings Stage Routine” by Jean Hugard
“Hallucination” by Dr. Franklin V. Taylor
“Card Magic – A New Control” by Fred Braue
“Three Card Monte in Excelsis” by George Starke
“One Hand Snap Turn-Up Flourish” by Joseph K. Schmidt
“Thoughts on ‘Hallucination'” by Paul Curry
“One Hand Strike!” by Milt Kristt
“The Prisoner’s Escape” by Dr. Stanley Jaks
“William Tell’s Apple” by Bob Stull
“Follow the Leader” by J. Stewart Smith
“Rear Palm of the Bottom Card” by Milton Tropp
“Impromptu Card Reading” by Otis Manning
“The Glide False Cut” by Steve Shepard
“Seymour Kessler’s Coin Roll Color Change” by Seymour Kessler
“Chung Ling Soo’s Initial Move (with the Linking Rings) by Victor Farelli