The latest MAGICOL is at hand. This is the magazine of the Magic Collectors' Association--in case you didn't know.
This issue's feature is an article by Michael Claxton on Henry Mayhew, a 19th century British author and journalist who interviewed British working class people, including street conjurors (in fact, another conjuror actually did the interviews of these performers for Mayhew). These interviews were serialized in a newspaper, but were then published in a four-volume set of books titled London Labour and the London Poor. The article includes excerpts from the original source.
A rather odd but fascinating offering from Edwin Dawes adorns the center page. It's a short piece regarding a 19th century political cartoon with very loose references to conjuring. A few other nice bits and pieces also dedicated to 18th & 19th century British works. (The theme of this particular issue--an overt attempt by editor David Meyer to keep his British readers happy! Don't fret David, your American readers will be happy with this issue as well!) There are also the usual assortment of editorial comments/news and book reviews
There is also a very nice piece on the late Dr. Morris N. Young by James B. Alfredson.
The editor, in his "Comments" section, shares a line from Jay Marshall. It gave me a much-needed laugh; alone worth the price of admission (I've paid more for less amusement). I will not be sharing it here: you'll have to purchase a subscription and try to get this issue yourself. A US subscription/MCA membership is a measly $22 a year. MAGICOL is published four times a year (small format; glossy paper with full-color covers as of late). For anyone interested in collecting and the history of magic, this is an absolute MUST have magazine.
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