I have already submitted an entry. And I encourage others to do so as well. Here are the details from Chris. He sent out the following to subscribers of his newsletter last week:
I want to try an experiment which will only take a bit of thought from each
of you, but the rewards to each one participating will be huge.
Please email me your three favorite articles, effects, features, etc. you
have read in a magic magazine. Any magazine qualifies. Can be the big ones
Genii, Magic, LR, MUM, can be the old classics, Jinx, Sphinx, Hugard's,
Stanyon, Mahatma, Gen, Magic Wand, Magigram, can be smaller lesser known
ones like Oracle, Blueprint, etc. any magic magazine is fine.
Give it some thought. Your three absolute favorite items. I only need the
reference, the year/volume/issue/page number as well as title and author of
I will compile all of the submissions I get and everybody who contributed
their three favorites will receive the entire compilation free of charge.
In other words, you will get a crowdsourced best of the best from the world
of magic magazines. Sort of a treasure map you can use to find the most
interesting items. Depending on how many submissions I will get I might
even be able to rank them. If say an article is recommended by multiple
folks then that would be something worth noting in the compilation.
Please give it some thought. Reflect on your magazine reading over the last
years. What stood out? What articles do you still remember vividly? What
has helped you in your own progress as magician? What effect from a
magazine made it into your working repertoire?
Spread the word. The plan is for this project to be continually updated with new editions sent out to those who submitted an entry.
Submissions can be sent to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org