Thank you, Gabe!

He said it couldn’t be done. In fact, he even put money on it – he was so sure we would never get Magicol No. 181 out by the end of the year. Well, we are pleased to say that our team came together, accepted the challenge, and now, the issue is at the printers.

And, what an issue it has turned out to be.

Tom Ewing starts us off on our international journey walking us through the incredible career of Indian magician, Sorcar. Next, Michael Claxton recounts Douglas Beaufort’s “quasi-diplomatic mission” to Morocco in 1892 – quite a different tale from Beaufort’s original telling in his article for Pearson’s Magazine.

Continuing our tour of the globe, Arthur Moses shares his research on Houdini (as the subject) in foreign titled books. This nine-page database pain-stakingly details titles on or about Houdini in over twenty languages! You will find an incredible table of information with Houdini titles organized in alphabetical order of their language; first listing the title, language, author, publisher, publication date, and the original (English) translated title of the book. Whew!

John Carney and Clay Shevlin also return to present their wares in this issue. No. 181 marks John Carney’s final instalment of Gimmicks, Gadgets and Gizmos, and we thank John for his excellent contributions and for bringing these lovely treasures to light. In his column, Clay Shevlin examines Dr. Trevor H. Hall’s very limited and rare publication, Twelve Friends, which was privately published in 1981. Clay gives us a rich look at this exceedingly rare title.

The Conference Corner also returns: Joe Culpepper and Dr. Gene Matsuura both review, respectively, the 42nd Magic Collectors Weekend (honouring Dr. Gene Matsuura and Ray & Ann Goulet) held in Chicago; and the European Conference on Magic History held in London this year.

For book lovers, there are seven – yes, count them, SEVEN – books reviewed in this issue: The Lives of Showman; Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic; Gibecière (Summer 2011); Memoirs of an Elusive Moth; Rameses, The Forgotten Star; Magical Mathematics and a German-langauge title, Wunder-Herrliches!.

We close the issue with a charming reminder by Richard Cohn about finding magic in the most unexpected places!

We could not have done this issue with our the tireless effort of our talented designer, Michael Albright, who burnt the midnight oil to see this one through so we could have a very happy holiday – which will be especially so, when Gabe hands over our winnings!

But, don’t forget…

As the year comes to a close, it is also time to renew your subscriptions forMagicol. You can easily renew online, or download the renewal form here. Save time and register now for the forthcoming 43rd Magic Collectors Weekend May 10-12, 2012.

Finally, Happy Holidays from all of us at Magicana!

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