Read about the U.S. governments efforts to recruit magicians to help with the war effort to “fool Germans”.  Discover the origins and history of the magic wand in a fascinating article written by G. G. Laurens.  Of course, no early volume of M-U-M would be complete without an intriguing article by Houdini, in this case titled “An American Magician who Died in an English Poorhouse”, referring to H. J. Sargent.  This being a larger than usual volume, there is also a description of Dr. Samuel Hooker’s “impossibilities”, including the legendary rising cards, and an account of the life of Bosco, the famous Italian magician.  Don’t forget the editorials and the minutes of the monthly meetings for an interesting peek into the minds of magicians from the early 20th century.

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