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 many columns including Roundabout with Fred Braue, Milbourne Christopher’s Column, The Linking Rings, Card Memory, Hu-Gardenias, Book Profiles by John J. Crimmins Jr., and many more. Further there are many fabulous tricks and articles. Here are some highlights:
The Ribbonspread Reverse by Charles W. Nyquist
The “Topsy-Turvy” Waterfall Shuffle by Hugh Scott
A Nikola Presentation by Jean Hugard
The Salt Trick – The Perfect Method by Dr. Jacob Daley
Coat Penetration by Martin Gardner
Gambler Vs. Magician (A New Handling) by Fred Braue
The Biddle Card Vanish by Elmer Biddle
Things You Can Do With Things You Have by S. Leo Horowitz
Pop-Up Coins by S. Leo Horowitz
Under the Table by Martin Gardner
Alice in Wonderland – A New Adventure by George Kaplan
Coming Thru by Chas. Aste Jr.
The Rising Cigarette by Frank Chapman
Precognition by Cliff Green
The Kaplan Coin Transposition
A Card Caper by Don Greenwood
Spooky Hanky by Dr. Joseph H. Fries
A Penny for Your Thought by Frank Garcia
The E Z S T Card Control by Frank Chapman
Humoring the Hobbyist by Norman Houghton
A Ring and a Rope by Jack Potter
A Study in Frustration by Norman Houghton
Lu Brent’s “Two Into Ones” by Bert Feinson
The One Hand Push-Off Double Lift by Frederick Low
Scissors Sorcery by Martin Gardner
The Plunger Principle by Martin Gardner
The Super Dooper Optical Illusion by Clayton Rawson
Aces Up-Aces Down by Gus Southall
Dollar Bill Folds by Orville Meyer