Conjuror's Magazine (Locke)
|Conjuror's Magazine (Locke)|
|First issue||August 1791|
The Conjuror's Magazine subtitled "or Magical and Physiognomical Mirror" by William Locke started as a Magic Periodical including everything from card tricks to occultism. Volumes one and two ran from 1791 to 1793. Astrology became such a major theme of its articles that it changed its name in August 1793 to the Astrologer's Magazine and ran for six more issues.
It was the first periodical in which a group advertised themselves openly as workers of magic.
The list of contents for the first issue on August 1791:
- Horary Regency of the Plants
- Decumbiture of a Gentleman, &c.
- Astrological Tables
- Explanation of, and Directions for, using the astrological Tables
- Philosophical and ingenious Amusements
- Surprising and entertaining Deceptions on Cards
- A Mathematical Combination, &c.
- How to Guess the Thoughts of any Person
- The Art of Fortune-Telling by Cards
- To make Sport and cause Mirth with Quicksilver
- The Old Woman and the Dumplings
- The Art of telling Fortunes by the Lines in the Hands
- Physical Amusements from Pinetti
- To make a Ring shift from one Hand to another, &c.
- To Guess by Smelling, &c.
- Legerdemain Performances.
- To make one Pen-knife out of Three, jump out of a Goblet
- To pull off any Person's Shirt, without undressing him.
- Method of Assaying Gold and Silver by a short Process
Some of the magic articles in the December, 1791 issue:
- "To Make a Person Tired or Sweat at Carrying a Small Paper or Stick Out of the Room."
- "A Droll Trick With a Cock."
- "The Cambridge Scholar, or a Comical Trick Played With a Fowl."
- "Ingenious Method of Throwing a Ring Out of a Window on a Dark Night and Causing It to be Found in Gentleman's Pocket or Sleeve, as Performed by Herman Boaz.'"
- Volume 1
- 1 (Aug 1791)
- 2 (Sep 1791)
- 3 (Oct 1791)
- 4 (Nov 1791)
- 5 (Dec 1791)
- 6 (Jan 1792) [Printed as ‘Feb’ in error]
- 7 (Feb 1792)
- 8 (Mar 1792)
- 9 (April 1792)
- 10 (May 1792)
- 11 (Jun 1792)
- 12 (Jul 1792)
- Volume 2
- 13 (August 1792)
- 14 (Sep 1792)
- 15 (Oct 1792)
- 16 (Nov 1792)
- 17 (Dec 1792)
- 18 (Jan 1793)
- 19 (Feb 1793)
- 20 (March 1793)
- 21 (April 1793)
- 22 (May 1793)
- 23 (June 1793)
- 24 (July 1793)
- Volume 3
- 1 (?)