Ye Olde Magic Mag
|Ye Olde Magic Mag|
|First issue||October 2014|
Ye Olde Magic Mag, also known as YOMM, is a quarterly publication dedicated to the history of magic and to general magic collecting news, published by Marco Pusterla.
The magazine started in October 2014 with the release of one "Issue Zero", in digital format, freely downloadable, and with a printed version. Issue Zero was a "sampler" issue, with only a few pages (8 in the PDF; 12 in the print edition). From December 2014, the first issue was published, both in digital and print format.
The printed version is European A5 format, on yellow paper, stapled, with an average of 56 pages per issue. The digital version is distributed as a PDF, in landscape format in US "letter" size, suitable for printing or display on tablets. From Vol. 3 issue 1, the digital version is the same format as the printed one (European A5). The digital version is watermarked with the name and email address of the buyer.
The print version is in a limited print run (25 copies for vol. 1 issues 0 and 1, 50 copies for Vol. 1 issues 2, 3 and 4; and 75 copies for the following issues), numbered and signed by the publisher and containing an "insert", being a piece of memorabilia (a token, a postcard...) or some other paper ephemera related to the magazine.
Every issue contains a variable number of articles, with generally a major (cover) article which spans most pages, and a variable number of other articles by the editor or contributors. Constant columns are "Auction Action", a review of significant magic items sold at auction in the past quarter, and "Chewing the (magic) fat", a group of short stories about magic anecdotes, book reviews, general rambling from the editor on items pertaining magic collecting and history.
- Vol. 1 No. 0 - sampler issue. Robert-Houdin, Roxy Award on Magic History. Insert: postcard Roxy Award
- Vol 1. No. 1 - Count Otnip d'Irrab, Christian Chelman's "Pacte", Chefalo, Dante, Robert-Houdin. Insert: Christian Chelman's token 
- Vol 1. No. 2 - Thomas Denton, Vincenzio Barletti, Magic Books sold in 2014, Amazing Chang, Chris Van Bern, Bartolomeo Bosco. Insert: reproduction of Italian magic advertising from 1787 
- Vol 1. No. 3 - Abraham Colorni, Luca Trono, Robert-Houdin's mystery clock. Insert: details of the mechanism of Robert-Houdin's clock 
- Vol 1. No. 4 - Frantisek Samek, FISM review, FISM book, Stars of Magic playing cards, Pinetti Spanish text. Insert: a "Stars of Magic" playing card
- Vol 2. No. 1 - Charles Dickens, Annie Abbott in Italy, review of European Magic History Conference, Vanni Bossi, how to collect digital magic. Insert: audio CD of Richard Hambling 
- Vol 2. No. 2 - Byzantine book of secrets, Yank Hoe, the origin of the Matrix trick, magic books sold in 2015. Insert: postcard reproducing a poster of Yank Hoe.
- Vol 2. No. 3 - The first card stack in history. Insert: reproduction of magic tricks from Balliol 453.
- Vol 2. No. 4 - Wandohobb: the first black mind reader. Insert: a copy of The Magic Wand from 1913 from the collection of Chris Charlton.
- Vol 3. No. 1 - Short stories. Translation of tricks from Tommaso Campanella's De Senso Rerum et Magia. Insert: reprint of an Italian "book of secrets" from 1815.
- Vol 3. No. 2 - Special Collections. Marco Pusterla's magic exhibition. Philip Jonas in Italy. Important magic books sold in 2016. Insert: leaflet for "Magic: the Entertainment of Deception" exhibition.
- Vol 3. No. 3 - Billy Purvis' book and tricks. Buatier de Kolta's gun patent. Annie Abbott and the "Ernesto Fournier" affair. Insert: scaling card for Billy Purvis.
- Vol 3. No. 4 - Alexander Canaris - the worst magician in history. Fred Culpitt and David Devant. No insert.
- Vol 4. No. 1 - The magic tricks of Chefalo, part 1. Robin fined. Review of European Magic History Conference. Insert: Chefalo's photo .
- Vol 4. No. 2 - The magic tricks of Chefalo, part 2. Early years of Robin. Checklist of Italian magic dealers. Pases magic coin. Felice Brazzetti and theater lightning. Important magic books sold in 2017. No insert.