There might still be some magicians out there interested in magic history and related subjects and not having info of the best associations or publications. Here some info:
In 1950 The Magic Collectors' Association was founded and it is still alive today, stronger than ever with some 400-500 members (I think) around the world. They publish MAGICOL, an interesting magazine about magic history 4 times a year (the last issue is no 140!).
Every year in April-May we have a big convention nowadays most often in Schaumburg outside Chicago. During four days 200-300 historians/collectors from all over the world meet to listen to interesting lectures, see old tricks seldom performed and most important, talk with each other.
There is also a very big dealer set up, where you can buy antiquarian and out of print stuff - very often the books that got away and you now are looking for!
Every year there is a guest of honor, whom you have a good chance to meet and talk to. Here just a few from early years: Al Flosso, Sid Lorraine, Dorny, Gene Gordon, Walter Gibson, Stewart James, Milbourne Christopher, Marion Nicola, Will Rock, Jane Thurston, Virgil&Julie, John Calvert and from recent years Jay Marshall, Teller, David Ben, Gay Blackstone, Paul Daniels. And they are all very accessable during our meetings.
You might also become a collector of magic stuff!! There are illusions, tricks, Houdiniana, books, posters, photos, ephemeria, magazines, business cards, magic mirrors etc etc!! Or you can do like some guys - THEY WANT IT ALL!
Access to all this will cost you ONLY $ 20 a year and here is where you send your money:
Magic Collectors' Association
PO BOX 511
Glenwood, Ill 60425-0511 US
For many early years Jay & Francis Marshall and the Chicago boys were the great engine behind the club and the early "conventions" were in the back rooms of Magic Inc and the small theatre there. Great times. Today David Meyer and wife Anita and Tom Ewing carry the major workload with a lot of help from other members.
Do join the club and go to one convention. You will never regret it - and your understanding and respect for magic will forever change. You might even become a better performer!