Ibidem 1 - 3

By P. Howard Lyons
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Ibidem 1 - 3

180.00 usd

By P. Howard Lyons

All 3 books for 180.00 | Also available individually

From 1955 to 1979, P. Howard Lyons and his mildly crazed but brilliant crew published 36 issues of Ibidem magazine. Those issues accumulated quite a reputation as the best source for avant-garde card magic and many other curious findings. In the intervening years copies of Ibidem have been much sought after and high prices paid. Hermetic Press recently reprinted the magazines into three hardbound books, so now they're available again in their full glory.

The contributors to the magazines were vast and varied. They included Ed Marlo, Stewart James, Howard Lyons, Norm Houghton, Mel Stover, The Amazing Randi, Ken Beale, Tom Ransom, Francis Haxton, L. Vosburgh Lyons, Peter Warlock, Martin Gardner, Faucett W. Ross, Bill Simon, Tom Bowyer, Elmer Biddle, William Miesel, Alex Elmsley, Ravelli and Neal Elias.

The magic in these magazines isn't cutting-edge, knuckle-busting flourish-mania, but instead sensible, clever card magic. Some contain inspiring methods, others contain amazing plot twists, while others just illustrate some insane mathematical principle that will mess with your head.

The first issue is running low on stock, but we've managed to acquire a few copies. So, if you'd like to obtain a complete set of Ibidem, we suggest picking up your copy today.


Also available individually:

Ibidem #1 (out of stock)
Ibidem #2 (out of stock)
Ibidem #3 (out of stock)

Customer reviews for Ibidem 1 - 3



The biggest and best collection of overlooked and forgotten magic in magazine form. Ibidem was a brilliant collection of effects, puzzles, magic routines, and magical (or just interesting) mathematics that invited their readership to really think things through. Nothing was handed to you, and it made you better.

The writing is clear and concise. The artwork, done by the editor's wife, was gorgeous. These books are a prize in my library and anyone who enjoys bound collections of periodicals like Apocalypse, The Jinx, etc. will absolutely love Ibidem.

The best thing about these books is the sheer volume of material by experts like Marlo, Rusduck, and Stewart James. The downside is the sheer volume of material. You could spend a lot of time studying to learn everything in these books!


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  • Dr. Joaquin M. asks: Is this price for a set of all three, or are there no complete sets left with only vols. 2 & 3 available?

    • 1. James answers: You can buy them separately (the lower options on the page), or as stated above, you can buy all 3 books for $180.00.
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