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The Update

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The Update
PublisherBill Whittington
First issueJuly 27, 1982

The Update was a newsletter sent out to members of a magic co-op keeping up to date on the latest in magic publishing, managed by Bill Whittington.

Virtually every magic publication was listed in The Update. Whittington, who subscribed to over 40 periodicals, reviewed each issue for any mention of a new or pending releases. Files were maintained on over 2,000 publishers and eventually a computerized list was maintained on available, pending and promised works.

The goal was to inform the members as quickly as possible as to what new items were available.

The Updated was published as needed, sometimes as much as a month between issues , depending on what had been published in the interim. It arrived in a plain envelope, without a return address. Without a name nor phone number, only the members knew the origin and how to order.

Due to other obligations, Whittington stepped down from the management of the co-op, but compiled the issues as "The Update File, July 1982-September 1992" in 1992.[1]


  1. The Update File, July 1982-September 1992 by Bill Whittington (1992)