The February 2008 issue of Magicol
(my second favorite magic magazine) is at hand and proves to be another wonderful effort.
The feature article, by Lindsay Smith, is titled Collecting the Con, or A Collector and His Money Are Soon Parted. This is a twelve page overview on collecting books and ephemera on con games, frauds, swindles and cheating. The piece is geared for those new to the genre and, in fact, shows how that genre can be categorized an even subcategorized. Examples of items within those classifications are given as well as illustrated.
Wayne Wissner goes in search of the Mysterious Wishbone Ring (the M or W shaped magicians ring sometimes associated with Ed Marlo).
Joseph Atmore shares a collectors dream turned nightmare turned[ending withheld].
Clay Shevlin shares Part II of his Visit to Old Bailey (Part I of which can be found here
). Unless Clay subscribes to Genii
soon, the only way you can continue with this fascinating read is to join the Magic Collectors Association! (A bargain at just $25 a year. Email magic[dot]collectors[at]sbcglobal[dot]net for information.)
There are three book reviews, including one penned by the aforementioned Mr. Shevlin on Burton Sperbers A Checklist of Conjuring Catalogs
which you may have seen advertised lately. If you are even considering purchasing the book, make sure you read this well written and balanced review first.
Editor David Meyer includes his usual dose of Notes & Comments which are always of interest and often steers readers toward something not found in the mainstream.
Information on the upcoming Collectors Weekend (in honor of Harry The Hat Anderson) is included in this issue as well.Magicol
is a quarterly that is nicely produced (this editions back cover is a full color reproduction of a letter from Theodore Deland whose letterhead was fabulous). Use the email address noted above and join! You wont regret it!