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Hugh Mackay

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Hugh Mackay

Cover of Linking Ring (July 1925)
BornHugh Mackay
June 09, 1890
DiedJuly 09, 1943 (age 53)
Edinburgh, Scotland

Hugh Mackay (June 9, 1890 - July 9, 1943) was one of Scotland's magical stalwarts who came to magical prominence during the 1920s when he began his many publishing activities and founding the Council of Nine. A member of the The Magic Circle and the IBM (serving as Scottish and British representative), he was a friend of Tom Sellers.


Mackay published under his own name and the pseudonyms of Sirius and Dr. S. Holmes. Mackay's first publishing venture was a periodical Magical Criticisms as Sirius. After only five issues, he quickly followed that with The Magical Observer (Starting in June, 1923 for two years, with 24 issues in all).

In 1927, he formed the Council of Nine for the purpose of Magical Research and discussion of other subjects relative to the Art of Magic.[1][2][3]


  • Classical Conjuring (1925)
  • A System for Card Signals (1926)
  • The Art of Reversing: The Controller (1927)
  • A Transmitter for Telepathists (1928)
  • Silent Transmission with Six Cards (1930)
  • A Monograph on Card Transmission (1934)
  • Card Prediction by Indexes and Other Tricks (1935)
  • At Home Tonight (1940)


  1. Cover The Linking Ring, Vol. 3, No. 3, July 1925, Vol. III - BRITISH SPECIAL - No. III, HUGH MACKAY, page 31
  2. Tricks That Mystify by Will Goldston (1934)
  3. "130. DR. HOLMES, I PRESUME? HUGH MACKAY OF EDINBURGH AND THE COUNCIL OF NINE", A Rich Cabinet Of Magical Curiosities By Edwin A. Dawes, The Magic Circular, Vol. 81, No. 872, January 1987, page 7
  • Obit, The Sphinx, Vol. XLII, No. 8, October 1943, Editor's Page, page 178
  • Obit, The Magic Wand, Vol. XXXII, No. 199, October-November 1943, page 80