The name Wandohobb is all but unknown today, but he was the first black mind reader in history. All but forgotten… until now! Great magicians are well known, their stories widely told and repeated, so much so they seem to be the only ones who ever existed. This is not so: many other people, through the centuries, have performed magic for entertainment, and these are the characters we celebrate in this issue of Ye Olde Magic Mag!
In this issue:
- The first black mind reader: the mysterious and forgotten Wandohobb, who thrilled European audiences with demonstrations of thought reading at the end of the 19th century, being also mentioned by Italian novelist Emilio Salgari (of whom you can read in Vol. 2 Issue 1). Another excellent contribution by Dr. Felice Pozzo, Italy’s foremost expert on Salgari.
- A review, by James Smith, of the recent Magic History Gathering @ The Magic Circle in London, UK
- Magic competitions are now numerous: where and when did they start? The answer is in the article of Prof. Angelo Mitri and it will surprise you!
- Prof. Eddie Dawes gives us some information on an unknown English magician from the end of the 19th century, Dr. Denno, whose walking stick surfaced in Vol. 2 Issue 3, and a photo of this obscure performer is finally published.
- Marco Pusterla, our editor, has recently acquired part of the collection of Chris Charlton, as you can read on the blog, and this issue contains more information on many previously unknown matters about Charlton.
- How tall was the mysterious Erdnase? Read a tongue-in-cheek investigation on this subject, and you will perhaps learn something more in the quest to identify the author of one of the most influential magic books ever.
- Could a magic book have been instrumental in having a burglar apprehended? read Pietro Micheli‘s article and make your mind up, while learning about rare Italian magic books.
- …and much more, including an overview of the major magic items sold at auction in the last three months, in our Auction Action; then book reviews, magic frauds, events, etc!
All this and more in the last issue of the second volume of Ye Olde Magic Mag!
This issue contains almost 23,000 words and, once again, is available as a Download and in printed format, LIMITED TO 75 SIGNED AND NUMBERED COPIES, for the most distinguished collectors.
The Digital Issue no. 4 of Volume 2 of Ye Olde Magic Mag is 3MB in size, has 39 pages and it contains almost 20,000 words. Download your copy now!
Ye Olde Magic Mag is the first fully-digital magazine on Magic History and on collecting magical memorabilia, edited and published by Marco Pusterla, M.M.C. A quarterly publication, it is available in a small number of printed copies, all individually numbered and signed, for real collectors. The printed version (52 pages long) gives access to the digital one and is shipped post-free worldwide! With the printed edition there is a small magical collectible, something exclusive to Ye Olde Magic Mag. You cannot reserve a number as they are assigned sequentially when you order a copy. If you prefer, you can subscribe to the magazine with a PayPal recurring payment.