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kramerica2010
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I'm sure there have been many debates and topics covering which magazine is the best. I did a search ending up with a whopping 200+ pages. I looked around at many pages and I only found topics covering my query about 2 years ago. I'm sure the quality has changed since then so I am requesting if someone could give me an update or a link to another page saying which magazine is better for which taste etc. Thanks
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Are you looking for a particular genre? A few that I find interesting, and spend my money on, are...(these are numbered, but not necessarily in order of preference)

1. Antimony (a quarterly close-up mag that looks, feels and read like a book. They cap their year with a CD for subscribers that contains PDFs of all four issues, plus a fifth bonus issue). Very cool, and very hospitable service.

2. The Looking Glass (also a close-up quarterly, and I'm not sure if new issues are in the works, but vols. 1 - 4 are still available and very cool). This one comes from Richard Kaufman and Jon Racherbaumer, so you know the quality is good.

3. Mind Over Magic (another quarterly, this time devoted to mentalism). This is a thinner, lower budget publication but there are a couple of gems and good ideas in every issue.

4. Genii (I'm always excited to see this appear in my mailbox. Recent issues on Hofzinser and Caveney/Lenert prove that this publication just gets better and better). **Now that Mike Caveney is involved in Magic magazine, perhaps he can make it readable once again.

5. Apocalypse (long out of publication, but still available as a 4 volume, bound set) This is the best money you'll ever spend if you like cards, coins, cards, ropes, cards, misc close-up, cards... you get the drift. Harry Lorayne's writing/teaching/afterthoughts (also rants, biographical anecdotes, etc) keep me fastened to my close-up mat for hours on end. This was a 20 year long publication and featured some of the best minds in magic, some of whom are todays biggest "stars."

There are many more to choose from but these seem to be top of mind, for me anyway.
mackmania
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I believe that Magic is the best of the widely publicized magic magazines. However, I do think that one should look into getting old magic newsletters. The Jinx and The Sphinx are teriffic and can be purchased bound or in ebook form. THe Phoenix is great too. I'll have to look into getting Apocalypse.

Merry Christmas,
mackmania
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Gosh... I feel so left out... Channel One... the lonley girl at the dance...Sob....

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Boy, is my face red! Sorry Doomo (or is it Tony Miller??). I have to admit that, when I wrote my list I was actually, foolishly, unaware of Channel One but now that I've seen the list of contributors I'm betting that this is a pretty classy production. I must confess that I have yet to see an issue, but will certainly add it to my list of must haves.

Thanks for the tip, and consider yourself included.
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Just to update my post...
I initially purchased two issues of Channel One and enjoyed them so much that I bought myself a two year subscription (at a discount, no less). So, forgive my inadvertant exclusion of this publication based entirely on my ignorance. Take my word for it...if you have yet to discover this gem I highly recommend you look into it. Check out http://www.rfaproductions.com/ChannelOne.htm
You won't be disappointed.
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