It’s taken a while but I’ve finished our latest Second Hand Books List (Number 81, for those interested in such niceties). And it’s the biggest yet: 66 pages, a positive cornucopia of conjuring chronicles. You can download it from our website as usual. Or just click here.

We have over 2000 titles in stock, from Percy Abbott’s Magic for Magicians (1934) to Allen Zingg’s The Little Box That Could: The Three Keys to Performance Excellence (2005), with titles in between from almost every major magic author of the past 100+ years. Probably the oldest book is Charades, Enigmas and Riddles by ‘A Cantab’ published by Bell & Dalby in 1865, wherein you’ll doubtless find the origins of many of the patter lines used by magicians today.

For the first time, by fairly popular request, I’ve begun to add magazine listings; mainly complete volumes except for certain rarer items. Most are loose copies, but we have some bound volumes and some in custom boxes. There’s still some way to go with this, but at the moment I reckon we have about 3000 listed.

So if you’re looking for Abra, The Altar Flame, Antinomy, Conjurors’ Magazine, The Gen, Magic Manuscript, Magical Gazette, Magical Nostalgic, Magigram, Minotaur, Pabular, Pentagram, New Pentagram, New Tops, Sphinx, Stanyon’s Magic, or Talisman, let us know. We may be able to help.

I’ll be adding to this section when time allows. (So difficult when going through boxes of magazines not to get sidetracked into reading the odd article or a tempting trick which sounds suspiciously similar to the ‘latest’ from ***********, and then discover a couple of hours have passed and you’ve yet to sort a complete volume…)

Don’t forget, if you want to get all the latest news, special offers and additions to the second-hand catalogue join Jim and Gladys and get your name down on our mailing list. We guarantee not to swamp you daily (or even weekly) with plugs for stuff everyone else is selling. And if you change your mind (although why would you?) it takes but a click to cast yourself back into outer darkness.

How did you do? The winner of the munificent Magick Enterprises voucher got nine out of ten.

1. What magic word is derived from a Latin phrase spoken during the most sacred moment of the Catholic Mass.

Answer: Hocus Pocus. From “Hoc est corpus meum”, meaning “This is my body.” Spoken during the consecration of the Host.

2. Who is the Egyptian goddess of magic?

Answer: Isis. She is also the goddess of marriage, healing, and protection. Isis is the wife and sister of Osiris and the mother and sister of Horus. (Relationships between the Egytian deities tend to be a little complicated.) When Osiris was murdered and dismembered by his evil brother Typhon (usually identified with Set) she magically resurrected him by reattaching his limbs.

3. The 1785 translation of 1001 Nights from French into English gave us a popular phrase used to unlock closed and hidden doorways. Which phrase is it?

Answer: Open Sesame. “Open sesame” comes to us from a translation of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. It was the incantation used by Ali Baba to open his hidden cave of treasure.

4. This magician was awarded longest contract ever given to a Las Vegas performer, even Elvis!

Answer: Lance Burton made a career as a magician, from 1979 to 2010. (I was there when he won the FISM Grand Prix in Lausanne in 1982.) After some TV work in California, Burton moved to Las Vegas and began appearing in various clubs. In 1994 he signed a 13-year contract to perform at the Monte Carlo Resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The resort built a special theatre for him in which he performed over 5,000 shows and earned about 110-million dollars during his tenure there. His contract was extended until 2015 but he retired in 2010.

5. In the Harry Potter series, this governing body is led by Cornelius Fudge through the fifth book.

Answer: The Ministry of Magic.

6. In the tarot each card of the Major Arcana has its own number. The Wheel of Fortune, for example, is generally associated with the number ten. Which card is is traditionally linked to the number one?

Answer: The Magician.

7. Where would you wear a Swami Gimmick?

Answer: This device is normally worn on the thumb.

8. In a famous illusion the magician’s assistant is shackled, put in a bag and locked inside a box or trunk. The magician stands on top of the box and raises a curtain. Then instantly the magician and assistant change places. What is the original name of this illusion?

Answer: Metamorphosis.

9. Which famous magician performed at The Egyptian Hall and was the first Honorary President of the Sheffield Circle of Magicians?

Answer: David Devant.

10. As I’m sure you all know, next year is the Sheffield Circle of Magicians’ centenary year. The first meeting was held in 1920. But in which month?

Answer: May.

Tiebreaker: The inaugural meeting of the Sheffield Circle of Magicians took place in May 1920. But on what date? (If no exact date is given, the nearest takes the prize.)

Answer: 18 May.

The ever-popular Christmas Magic Quiz featured at last week’s Sheffield Circle Christmas Social. Here are the questions for those who missed it (no Googling please!):

1. What magic word is derived from a Latin phrase spoken during the most sacred moment of the Catholic Mass.

2. Who is the Egyptian goddess of magic?

3. The 1785 translation of 1001 Nights from French into English gave us a popular phrase used to unlock closed and hidden doorways. What’s the phrase?

4. This magician was awarded longest contract ever given to a Las Vegas performer, even longer than Elvis!

5. In the Harry Potter series, this governing body is led by Cornelius Fudge through the fifth book.

6. In the tarot each card of the Major Arcana has its own number. The Wheel of Fortune, for example, is generally associated with the number ten. Which card is is traditionally linked to the number one?

7. Where would you wear a Swami Gimmick?

8. In a famous illusion the magician’s assistant is shackled, put in a bag and locked inside a box or trunk. The magician stands on top of the box and raises a curtain. Then instantly the magician and assistant change places. What was the original name of this illusion?

9. Which famous magician performed at The Egyptian Hall and was the first Honorary President of the Sheffield Circle of Magicians?

10. As I’m sure you all know, next year is the Sheffield Circle of Magicians’ centenary year. The first meeting was held in 1920. But in which month?

Tiebreaker: The inaugural meeting of the Sheffield Circle of Magicians took place in [*******] 1920. But on what date? (If no exact date is given, the nearest takes the prize.)

In a closely-run contest first prize of a £10 Magick token went to Julie Hall with nine correct answers! (And no, she hadn’t seen the questions before.) Luke Robson was runner-up with eight. How well did you do?

Answers next week.

I’ve had a couple of calls asking if we’re open on Saturday and/or is The Lounge accessible without a boat or scuba gear. Check your local conditions, of course, but we’re fine here (open as usual today, incidentally) no puddles and traffic seems to be moving OK on Parkway. But soothing tea will be available as usual.

June did suggest we offer a 1p discount on all purchases to encourage attendance, but I felt that such an extreme reaction could set a dangerous precedent.

Nevertheless, to err on the safe side, Paul Voodini’s Recollections of a Society Clairvoyant event on Saturday evening has been cancelled. We’ll reschedule when the stars align.

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Coming to the Magick Lounge near you on Thursday 7 November is a lecture by the inimitable Steve Rowe. (Sorry this notification is a bit late but I’ve had to replace my main edit pc, and I’m still in the middle of a long and painful installation process.)

Steve exploded onto the magic scene a few years ago. Not only is his magic practical, it has also been worked and refined to perfection.

“Steve Rowe is a genius – simple as. He is one of the most creative people I know. His standard of work is second to none. Just one of his tricks has revolutionised my wedding set and I’m fairly sure that I use more of his material than anyone else. The magic world is in a much better state with Steve Rowe in it. Long may he continue to share his creations with us. Thank you Steve (and my spectators thank you as well!)” Craig Petty

His unique approach to organic magic is sure to make an impact on your own working set. Every move, every beat, and every word has been thoroughly thought out. Here you will get a real insight into creating props, and structuring your own routines to get the maximum impact possible.

“I use at least one of Steve Rowe’s clever effects at every gig!” Gary Jones

Clear your diary and join us on a fun-packed session delving into the mind of one of the most creative thinkers around.

The venue for this outstanding event is The Magick Lounge 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG. Doors at 7 o’clock as usual and the lecture will start at 7:30. Admission is free to Sheffield Circle members, £10 for visiting magicians and £5 for juniors.

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Following their hugely successful debut at the Bizarre Hauntings convention in Baltimore, USA, Mr Voodini & Madam Celeste return to the UK to present a free preview of their show Recollections of a Society Clairvoyant at Sheffield’s Magick Lounge on Saturday 9 November at 7:30 pm.

This is an enchanting two-person telepathy and second-sight act, combining theatre, stage mind-reading, and ghost stories!

Expect to be amused, bewitched, and bedazzled as you take a journey into the intoxicating world of Victorian Spiritualism in the company of Voodini & Celeste, society clairvoyants par excellence!

The Magick Lounge is at 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG. Doors will open to seekers of esoteric entertainment at 7 of the clock. Attend with an open mind and a keen but willing intellect.

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Coming to a Magick Lounge near you on Wednesday 11 September is a lecture by Kainoa Harbottle, whose magic breathes new life into the tired phrase “right before your very eyes.” His performances represent his wish to share with others, uncanny experiences — events that bring to life our desires. By making money appear from nowhere, reading people’s minds, and proving that (with the right encouragement) anyone can perform the seemingly impossible, Kainoa endeavors to make magical experiences meaningful to all.

Kainoa was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and began performing magic after spending a good deal of his youth working with a local drama group (excellent training for any would-be magician!). By high school, he was performing semi-professionally, including weekly tablehopping at Curtis Kam’s showroom in Waikiki, as well as in restaurants and private shows for both the business sector and the tourist industry.

After attending college in Los Angeles where he was a Junior Member at the Magic Castle, Kainoa headed east, earning a Ph.D. in English from the University of Delaware. His research is on Victorian performance magic and the connections between the works of Professor Hoffmann and John Nevil Maskelyne with the popular literature and periodicals of the period.

Kainoa has written extensively on coin manipulation as well as how to apply practical theatrical techniques to increase the quality of the audience’s experience.

As I’m sure our eager reader knows, The Magick Lounge is at 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG. Doors will open with surprising precision to the cognoscenti and other magicians at 7 o’clock and the lecture will start at 7:30. Don’t forget that admission is free to Sheffield Circle members, £10 for visiting magicians and £5 for juniors. Come and enjoy a fascinating, entertaining and educational uncanny experience.