Hugard's Magic Monthly

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Hugard's Magic Monthly
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FrequencyMonthly
PublisherJean Hugard
First issue1943
Final issue1964
Alfredson/Daily#2795
CARC65
AskAlexander28

Hugard's Magic Monthly (HMM) was a Magic Periodical that ran from Vol. 1, No. 1, June, 1943 to Vol. 21, No. 6, (No. 6 had no date, but No. 5 was January, 1964).

During the first years, Hugard was printing 2,000 copies, with about 500 subscribers (the remaining copies were sent to dealers like Max Holden).

It was edited and published by Jean Hugard until he died in 1959. The magazine was carried on after his death for many years by Blanca Lopez and Milbourne Christopher.

In 1949 a column on general magic news was written by an anonymous author known as Frank Joglar. It would not be revealed until many years later that the author was actually Milbourne Christopher.

A few popular serials were Hagard's "Houdini's Unmasking: Fact Vs. Fiction" (June 1957-January 1959) and Martin Gardner's "Encyclopedia of Impromptu Tricks" (March 1951 - April 1958).

During the last seven years of his life when he was totally blind, his stage assistant who had been with him more than 50 years, Mrs. Myra Benson, took care of the business details and the mailing. Blanca Lopez, his close friend, made the layouts, ordered the illustrations and saw the issues through the press. When she was away Milbourne Christopher helped with these details.

It was the first magic magazine to be reprinted for sale when Paul Fleming started to reprinted issues in book form in 1945.

References

  • Jean Hugard by James B. Alfredson (1997)
  • A complete online archive of Hugard's Magic Monthly is accessible via a paid membership to the Conjuring Arts Research Center.
  • See some of Fred Braue's personal evaluation of the tricks published on the Genii Forum
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