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MagicJuggler
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Anchorage, AK
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I have a few very commercial real world routines that I would like to publish, and I'd rather have them published in a magic magazine than in an e-book format at this point. I would like to know what magazines are open to publish the works of an unknown to the magic world magician. I feel these routines are unique enough to warrant publication, and they are real workers. Does anyone have experience with getting published in the more prominent magic magazines, and if so, who to contact to inquire if they're interested in my effects?

I would appreciate any responses.
Matthew Olsen

www.mattolsenmagic.com




I heard from a friend that anecdotal evidence is actually quite reliable.
randirain
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Genii or the club magazines, like "the linking ring."

I have never had any published, but I have been turned down before.
Why? Too complicated for the average user.

If it's simple, go for it. But if takes too many words to explain, they won't publish it.
Should be simple and quick for a magazine publication.

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jimgerrish
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I have had many of my articles published in Genii, The Linking Ring, MUM and others, but after a few months, the items I had published were gone and forgotten, and of course, no one ever paid for an article in a magic magazine. It wasn't until Spellbinder and I started up The Magic Nook in 2003(ish) that I realized the foolishness of publishing in print. Now I get paid for every e-Book article I write. Not a lot, but just enough so I get real feedback from my readers. Honest feedback. If they like my ideas, they buy more. If not, then I never hear from them again. You don't get that kind of feedback from a magazine article. Oh, maybe you'll get a few letters to the editor for a month or two after the article is published in print, but the life of an e-Book is potentially unlimited. I still have people buying e-Books that I wrote in 2003. That NEVER happens in magazine publishing. Recently I have discovered the joys of cross-referencing my other works in the current work. So one e-Book calls immediate attention to others that are relevant to the subject and links to them. You don't get THAT in a printed magazine article. You can also link to videos from an e-Book. You can have hundreds of color photos. You can link to on-line resources for buying necessary parts or props. I don't care how much people tell me they prefer the "feel" of a book, or the "smell of the ink" or irrelevant nonsense like that; I will never go back to publishing for free or for some imagined "prestige" in print magazines.
MagicJuggler
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I am approaching established magazines right now simply because I'm an unknown, and this is a more prominent way of getting my name noticed. This way when I publish other routines through ebook I am more likely to have people notice my material.
Matthew Olsen

www.mattolsenmagic.com




I heard from a friend that anecdotal evidence is actually quite reliable.
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