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epsilon97
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What is your favorite magic magazine, and why do you like it?
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I subscribe to Genii, with your subscription you get access to the past 75 years which is more interesting than the present day one.
My favorites are no longer being printed but you can get them on CD.
The best of all time was Hugards Magic Monthly
The Sphinx
Tops old and new
Phoenix
Bat by Lloyd Jones
Gen
Jinx
You can access all of these and more with a membership in the Conjuring Arts Research Center which I explained here with a list of what you get:
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......um=41&15

I like them all for the historical perspective of where magic has been and where it went. Plus there are 10s of thousands of tricks that is much better than half the garbage put out today (and I wouldn't doubt the other half was ripped from the past and put in new underwear).
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Thank you for the link Spartacus.
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I subscribe to both Magic and Genii, and like them both. Magic, to me at least, covers more commercial, topical stories that may appeal to a broader audience. Genii tends to be more journalistic, with longer articles that delve deeper into specific topics - topics that tend to be a little more academic than Magic magazine.

Paul Romhany just launched his excellent downloadable magazine, Vanish, at the affordable price of $0.00. Here's the link:
http://romhanyreport.blogspot.com

If bizarre magic is more your preferred flavor, try the fantastic download The Mystic Menagerie from Lebanon Circle:
http://www.themysticmenagerie.com

If you join either the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM): http://www.magician.org
Or, The Society of American Magicians (SAM): http://www.magicsam.com
you'll receive their club's magazines, The Linking Ring and M.U.M., both highly regarded.

It's funny, but I often think about how fortunate we are to be involved in a craft that has such a wealth of knowledge available to us. I wonder how many other obscure arts have so many books, magazines, and collateral available for consumption. We're a lucky breed.
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I like Genii as well, because of the quality of the magazine, as well as having access to iGenii.
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Thank you guys for the great ideas. I have ordered Genii, but I wish that I would have order a subscription to Conjuring Arts Research Center instead.
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And Spartacus never heard of APOCALYPSE!
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On 2012-05-31 23:35, Harry Lorayne wrote:
And Spartacus never heard of APOCALYPSE!

He asked for favorite magazines. Apocalypse is no longer in print, not available on CD that I know of, and it is not available at my membership level at Conjuring Arts.
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It has been available in four giant volumes - 5 years in each volume, covering all 20 years - for about ten years. Mostly out of print now.
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On 2012-06-01 12:16, Harry Lorayne wrote:
It has been available in four giant volumes - 5 years in each volume, covering all 20 years - for about ten years. Mostly out of print now.

And very expensive.
There is a one volume 1 to 5 on sale at Amazon for $85
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That's cheap - you won't get it from me at that price. (Sure is "expensive" for perhaps FIVE HUNDRED or more great effects/routines/ideas from Slydinis, Vernons, Sol Stones, Zarrows, Edwards, Derek Dingles, Frank Garcias, Ammars, Bob Farmers, Paul Cumminses, Gerald Deutsches, Karrell Foxes, Tom Gagnons, Richard Kaufmans, J.K. Hartmans, Ken Krenzels, Larry Jenningses, Tom Mullicas, Harry Lorayneses, Darwin Ortizes, and on and on.)

Yeah, sure is expensive. You're much better off with the one-trick ponies.

Posted: Jun 1, 2012 3:03pm
Oh, wait, in that same volume, don't want to leave out some "names" - Mike Bornstein, Larry Becker, Don England, Paul Harris, Paul Gertner, Jeff McBride, Patrick Page, Amazing Randi, Jean-Jacques Sanvert, Allan Slaight, Tom Craven, Jon Racherbaumer, Howie Schwarzman, Eric DeCamps, Max Maven, Martin Nash, David Roth, Jim Swain, Richard Vollmer, Meir Yedid, Ed Marlo, Bob Elliott, Roger Krause, Shigeo Takagi. And more. Yeah, sure is "very expensive." Of course many, very many, have thought over the years, that it is the best buy in magic.

Posted: Jun 1, 2012 3:11pm
Make no mistake, I'm not trying to sell anyone anything. Know why? 'Cause I don't have any!! I do have a couple of copies left of Vols. 2 and 4, but they are much, much, more expensive than $85.00 - because there are no more after those. HL.
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$85.00 for an out-of-print vol. 1 is a steal. Vols 2 and 4 are still available from dealers for $80.00 each which is an incredible deal.

I have a lot of the older mags on cd and it's cool reading them, but frankly the material is very uneven. You can go quite a while in some before you really find something worth trying.

That's not the way with Apocalypse. I don't think that anything has ever been published periodically that's as dense with really good to great material as Apocalypse. Pallbearer's Review was top notch and even that wasn't as good. Mr. Lorayne's eye for solid material and his ability to write it up in an understandable and learnable style is unsurpassed.

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MAgicseen is also good, similar to MAgic in many ways and available in the US in both print and PDF

Posted: Jun 1, 2012 5:15pm
Is this the same thing? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Magic-Tricks-A......1wt_1139
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It's the fourth of the Apocalypse anthologies, yes. 56 pounds UK is almost exactly $86 US. And, then you have the shipping which looks like another $5 or so. It's list at $80 here in the US and I know that a few copies are still available at suppliers. Best,
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The Apocalypse series is incredible. There is enough magic in those books to last a dozen lifetimes.
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Not according to djurmann, I'd bet.
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I would like to start buying the Apocalypse books. Do they have magic other than card magic?
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Good Luck. And they have magic in ALL areas - but I usually lean more toward card magic.
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MAGIC Magazine is my favorite. (http://www.magicmagazine.com/) This month Jay Sankey is featured on the front cover!
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On 2012-06-02 14:42, Harry Lorayne wrote:
Not according to djurmann, I'd bet.

What provoked that?! However if that's the way we want to go I will play the game.

There is no magic in the Apocalypse series. None whatsoever, it is just a bunch a tricks.

However, in the right place at the right time just one of those tricks could produce a moment of magic would could last a lifetime. That being the case the number of tricks is less important than are there few. I do not want a million tricks,I want a few tricks that speak to me and to which I can dedicate the time so that I can help them create magic for others.

Tongue firmly in cheek I would add that the entire discourse above is not based on knowledge of the Apocalypse series. So you can decide if it is bias or hearsay!


That out of the way, I too will keep an eye out for the Apocalypse magazine.

Thank you Brad for your help, also epsilon for starting this thread, the ever helpful Spartacus,and Harry for bringing Apocalypse to my attention.

Best wishes,

Danny
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