Talisman

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Talisman
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First issueMarch 6, 1970
Final issueJuly 30, 1971 (Vol. 2, No. 21)
Total issues75

Talisman was a weekly American Magic Periodical edited by Jules Lenier and published by Jerry Blount.

An additional two issues, Vol 2, #22 and #23, were published in 1978 by Jeff Busby Enterprises.

It now provides a slice of the Los Angeles Magic scene of the early 1970's, centered primarily on the Magic Castle.

It began as a 4 page (8 1/2 x 11) publication, but with issue 14 it began in 7 x 10 and by issue 23 it was up to 8 pages long.

It featured at least 1 to 3 tricks (mostly close-up cards and coins, with a sampling of mentalism), a fair bit of editorial commentary, the occasional review, some cartoons and ads. The staff artists included Roger Rittner and a later a young Steve Spill.

The contributors included Ron Wilson, Francis Carlyle, Michael Skinner, Martin Lewis, Bruce Cervon, and Gerald Kosky. The editorials by Lenier, and in the later writings of Jerry Blount after Lenier left, usually were composed of multiple short unrelated paragraphs expressing opinions on various current magic happenings.

The first issue contains a trick by Lenier and two gags contributed to Rittner and Blount (but were actually Lenier's who didn't want it to appear as everything in the magazine would be by him). He would also later use the pseudonyms J. Reinel (Lenier backwards) and Hakim Sardis.

In July 1971, Blount developed a serious problem with his arm which kept him from typing. This ceased publication of the magazine on July 30, 1971 until years later, in 1978, when the two final issues (post dated) were released.

Genii Corporation published a hardbound compilation in 2011.[1]


References

  1. http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=244822#Post244822
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