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 regular features like Backstage with Frank Joglar, Hu-Gardenias, Roundabout with Fred Braue, Out of my Profonde by Arthur Leroy, Hands Across the Sea by Peter Warlock, Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic by Martin Gardner, Book Profiles by John J. Crimmins, Jr., Milbourne Christopher’s Column, Shadow Magic, Patter collected by Cliff Green, and much more. Here are some of the additional things you will find:
The Enchanted Cylinder of Benaiah by Okito
Erdnase by Jean Hugard
Zero: A Coin Vanish by Cliff Green
Wand & Silk Production by Jean Hugard
The Gamblers’ Palm by Charles Aste
The Card Under Spectator’s Foot
The Illusive Pip by Jean Hugard
The Chameleon Chip by Ken Krenzel
The Slydini Aces by Jean Hugard
Rising Card from Case by Euguene Guglielmo
The Knecht Deck Switch by Larry Knecht
Enveloped by Jean Hugard
Extra Sensory Perception Routine by Arthur Hastings
Berg’s New Card Location by Joe Berg
Mirage by Jean Hugard
A Card Knockout by Nick Trost
The All-Fair Coincidence by Edward Balducci
and Ken Krenzel
Matches to Money by Nick Trost
The Homing Cards by Jean Hugard
Double Action by Jean Hugard
Paper Tearing Extraordinary by Jean Hugard
“Stop” Again by Jean Hugard
What is a “Simple” Magic Trick? by Jean Hugard
Adam’s Apple by Jean Hugard
An Original Coin Routine by Jacob aub,
The Wondrous Ring and Rope Routine by Nick Trost
Presentation for Chung Ling Soo Firecracker Trick by Stuart Cramer
Houdini-Robert-Houdin by Jean Hugard
Silk from Nowhwere by Dr. M.H.
Two Coin Switches by Jean Hugard
Infallible “Stop” Trick by Max Katz
“It’s No Good” by Paul Morris
Again the Dime & Penny by Ed Balducci