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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An additional note -- This issue is accompanied by the preliminary program and registration form for the 34th Annual Magic Collectors' Weekend to be held May 15-17 at the Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumberg, Illinois. This year's gathering will honor "two consummate collectors from Germany" Rudiger Deutsch and Volker Huber. Among the presentations will be a film on Ottokar Fischer, Nick Ruggiero on Bill Neff's Illusion Show, Trevor Dawson on Ritherdon & Chung Ling Soo, Tad Ware on the scrapbooks of Carl Hertz, Bill McIlhany on pioneers of TV magic, Bob Reed on cups and balls in graphic art, Edwin Dawes on Harry Leat, Richard Hatch on Alexander Adrion, Marshall Brodien on his life in magic, a video presentation on Bellachini XIII, Rudiger Deutsch on collecting magic apparatus, Volker Huber on his remarkable collection, and David Ben will be introducing "an incredible documentary."