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Magicana was a magic newsletter started by Bill Woodfield in 1946 as a "A Trade Paper for Magicians" and was included within Genii starting in 1948.

Charlie Miller took over calling it Magicana New Series from 1964 to 1978.

When Richard Kaufman became the publisher/editor of Genii in 1998, he revived the Magicana section and began writing it himself. Earle Oakes was brought on as illustrator. Joshua Jay guest-wrote one Magicana in 1999 (the August 1999 issue) before becoming the writer/editor of the Talk About Tricks column in MAGIC magazine. David Acer took over writing Magicana in 2005, starting with the May 2005 issue and continuing to this day.

Other guest writers for Magicana during the Kaufman era include The Flicking Fingers (August 2000), David Ben (August 2006), Jon Racherbaumer (August 2008) and David Regal (June 2009).

Magicana Columnists from 1998 to Present

  • David Acer (Confessions of a Road Warrior) (21 columns that ran intermittently from February 2000 to September 2007. Counterposed anecdotes or road stories with close-up magic.
  • David Britland (Cardopolis). First column ran in February 2010. Card magic.
  • Eugene Burger (Our Magical Art). Theory. Column alternated between Magicana section (e.g., June 2000) and Intermission section (e.g., August 2002).
  • Bob Farmer (Flim-FlaMagic). Close-Up/scams.
  • Phil Goldstein (The Other Month). Mentalism.
  • Larry Jennings (The Jennings Tapes), written by Richard Kaufman. Cards. Column debuted in the January 1999 issue. [from the column masthead] "Late at night, the great Larry Jennings would sit in his den and talk at length, explaining the ingenious magic he had created that day. Only a cassette recorder heard his words... Before dying in October 1997 he gave many of those tapes to your editor. Readers of Genii (his favorite magic magazine) now have a chance to eavesdrop on the thoughts and tricks of one of the most prolific and creative magicians of the latter half of the 20th century."
  • Luke Jermay (The New Mind). 6 columns that ran intermittently from July 2007 to January 2009. Mentalism.
  • Patrik Kuffs (Mind Stunts). Mentalism. First column in May 2010 issue.
  • Harry Lorayne (Hidden Gems). 12 installments that ran intermittently from the January 2007 issue to the March 2009 issue. Column focused on previously published tricks the author favored that might have been overlooked.
  • Max Maven (Lost Horizons). Projected series along the lines of Harry Lorayne's Hidden Gems column, featuring a selection of previously published tricks the author favors that might have been overlooked. First installment ran in the January 2010 issue
  • Danny Orleans (Pediatrix). Children's Magic/Theory. Alternated between Intermission section (e.g., Genii May 2001) and Magicana section (e.g., Genii June 2000).
  • Barrie Richardson (From My Thoughts). Mentalism
  • Jay Sankey (Sankey’s Secrets). Close-up. Three installments, all in 2003.
  • Al Schneider (The Schneider Technique). Close-up magic.
  • Jeff Sheridan (Sheridan Speaks!). Stand-Up/Street magic.
  • Thomas Solomon (Diary of an Escape Artist)
  • James Swain (The Card Expert). Card magic
  • Gregg Webb (The Webbmaster). Close-up/parlor/billiard-ball magic. Only contributor to illustrate his own column.


Magicana 1999

  • March 1999
    • No Magicana (special Genii Goes to London issue - 10 tricks included as part of the feature)

Magicana 2000

  • May 2000
    • No Magicana (special Tokyo Magic issue - 16 tricks included as part of feature)

Magicana 2001

Magicana 2002

  • November 2002
    • No Magicana (article on The Coin Mysteries of Dr. Sawa includes 6 tricks)

Magicana 2003

Magicana 2004

Magicana 2005

  • April 2005
    • No Magicana (special Romaine issue - 3 tricks included as part of his feature)
  • September 2005 (A Daryl Magicana)
    • Diminishing Returns (bills)
    • The King of Queens (cards)
    • Money Transfer (coins)

Magicana 2006

  • June 2006: A Jack Parker One-Man Magicana by David Acer
    • Oddservation
    • Traveling Without Moving
    • On, In and Under
    • Remote Control
    • No Fuss
    • All That Jazz
    • Rabbits
    • Labelled a Cheat
    • Altered States
  • September 2006
    • The Evolution of Coins Across (Jonathan Townsend)
    • Jon's Coins Across (Jonathan Townsend)

  • December 2006
    • The Ring (Brian Nordstrom)
    • About Face (Richard Hucko)
    • Invisible Touch (Patrik Kuffs)
    • The Schneider Technique: Squeeze (Al Schneider)
    • Changing of the Cards (Dr. Giorgio Tarchini)

Magicana 2007

  • August 2007 (A Pete Biro Magicana)
    • Card In Balloon
    • Bongers/Biro Poker Stunt
    • Comedy Egg Juggling
    • Biro’s One Piece Diminishing Cards
    • Chop Glass
    • The Ring on Wineglass
    • Working Without a Net

Magicana 2008

Magicana 2009

  • February 2009
    • Currency Swap (Hiro Sakai)
    • Quiet Revolution (Hiro Sakai)
    • The Bill Doctor (Hiro Sakai)
    • YKK (Hiro Sakai)
    • Balloon Bank Nite (Hiro Sakai)
    • The Strange Pass (Hiro Sakai)
    • The Uncluttered Mind (Hiro Sakai)
  • July 2009
    • Unfair Trade (Shiv Duggal)
    • Cash In Hand (Shiv Duggal)
    • Reorient Express (Shiv Duggal)
    • Exchange of Wealth (Shiv Duggal)
    • Vice Versa (Shiv Duggal)

  • August 2009
    • Double Stuff (Pete McCabe) (see video on right)
    • Matchmaker (Per Strandberg)
    • Four Gone Conclusion (Jacky Kahan)
    • Real-Life Nightshades (Dylan Gelinas)
    • Super Collectors (Doc Docherty)
  • October 2009
    • No Magicana (special THE JINX: 75th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION issue - over a dozen tricks included as part of this feaure)

Magicana 2010