Conjuror's Magazine (Locke)

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Conjuror's Magazine (Locke)
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EditorsWilliam Locke
FrequencyMonthly
First issueAugust 1791
Final issue1794

The Conjuror's Magazine subtitled "or Magical and Physiognomical Mirror" by William Locke started as a Magic Periodical including everything from card tricks to occultism. Volumes one and two ran from 1791 to 1793. Astrology became such a major theme of its articles that it changed its name in August 1793 to the Astrologer's Magazine and ran for six more issues.

It was the first periodical in which a group advertised themselves openly as workers of magic.

The list of contents for the first issue on August 1791:

  • ASTROLOGY
    • Horary Regency of the Plants
    • Decumbiture of a Gentleman, &c.
    • Astrological Tables
    • Explanation of, and Directions for, using the astrological Tables
  • Philosophical and ingenious Amusements
    • Surprising and entertaining Deceptions on Cards
  • A Mathematical Combination, &c.
    • How to Guess the Thoughts of any Person
    • The Art of Fortune-Telling by Cards
    • To make Sport and cause Mirth with Quicksilver
    • The Old Woman and the Dumplings
  • The Art of telling Fortunes by the Lines in the Hands
  • Physical Amusements from Pinetti
    • To make a Ring shift from one Hand to another, &c.
    • To Guess by Smelling, &c.
  • Legerdemain Performances.
    • To make one Pen-knife out of Three, jump out of a Goblet
    • To pull off any Person's Shirt, without undressing him.
  • Metallurgy
    • Method of Assaying Gold and Silver by a short Process

Some of the magic articles in the December, 1791 issue:

  • "To Make a Person Tired or Sweat at Carrying a Small Paper or Stick Out of the Room."
  • "A Droll Trick With a Cock."
  • "The Cambridge Scholar, or a Comical Trick Played With a Fowl."
  • "Ingenious Method of Throwing a Ring Out of a Window on a Dark Night and Causing It to be Found in Gentleman's Pocket or Sleeve, as Performed by Herman Boaz.'"

Issues

  • Volume 1
    • 1 (Aug 1791)
    • 2 (Sep 1791)
    • 3 (Oct 1791)
    • 4 (Nov 1791)
    • 5 (Dec 1791)
    • 6 (Jan 1792) [Printed as ‘Feb’ in error]
    • 7 (Feb 1792)
    • 8 (Mar 1792)
    • 9 (April 1792)
    • 10 (May 1792)
    • 11 (Jun 1792)
    • 12 (Jul 1792)
  • Volume 2
    • 13 (August 1792)
    • 14 (Sep 1792)
    • 15 (Oct 1792)
    • 16 (Nov 1792)
    • 17 (Dec 1792)
    • 18 (Jan 1793)
    • 19 (Feb 1793)
    • 20 (March 1793)
    • 21 (April 1793)
    • 22 (May 1793)
    • 23 (June 1793)
    • 24 (July 1793)
  • Volume 3
    • 1 (?)
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
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