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collected almanac, the by Richard Kaufman

(c. 1982,1992)

Richard’s Almanac was acclaimed as one of the finest newsletters ever devoted to close-up magic. Its publication from 1982 to 1987 was a highlight in the history of close-up magic periodicals. And now, all four hundred pages of the original newsletter, containing tricks from the greatest close-up magicians of our time, have been reprinted in a beautiful hardcover volume.

Richard’s Almanac reveals dozens of brilliant routines from Vernon, Jennings, Slydini, Klause, Racherbaumer, Mario, Sankey, Goldstein, Cervon, Carney, Gallo, and many others, most of which have never ever been published anywhere else! This is the only place you can read them! And it’s a treasure trove of astounding creations in the art of close-up magic.

Over 175 superb routines with cards, coins and impromptu magic with everyday items such as rings, bills, spoons, pens, rubber bands, matches, dice, wristwatches, and seashells. Over 400 pages, 800 beautiful line drawings, a 50-page bonus section with a dozen routines not in the original newsletter are included. A BULL update and retrospective, and a peek at the Japanese edition of Richard’s Almanac, plus a complete cross referenced index with cover art by Sid Lorraine also are part of this extensive work.

  • Publisher: Kaufman and Company
  • Pages: 398
  • Location: Washington DC, USA
  • Edited by: Richard Kaufman
  • Dimensions: 9
  • Date: 1982,1992
  • Binding: hardbound

Approx. Price: $55.00 (03/2003) ***

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2 reviews for collected almanac, the by Richard Kaufman

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    George Guerra

    A True Classic

    In the Magic Cafe, someone asked the question, "If you could only keep 5 books or series of books, which would you keep?" Among the books in my answer was Richard’s Collected Almanac. The others were Lorayne’s Apocalypse volumes, Giobbi’s Card College series, Ibidem set, and all six volumes of Marlo’s Magazine. Collected Almanac is full of great magic from top names in the field. Richard Kaufman is no stranger to those who admire well illustrated and well published books on magic, so this is definitely a MUST in any library. BTW, the most popular answer was Paul Harris’ Art of Astonishment set.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Definately worth a look.

    This is a wonderful book featuring the complete compilation of Richards Almanac, a monthly (and eventually quarterly) magazine that ran from 1982 to 1985.

    First of all, there are "bonus" items worth a mention. The book starts off with an interesting history of the magazine, why it was made, original plans for its name and so on. There are also a few extra tricks that did not make it into the final magazine, and for the sake of curiosity, the first issue in its Japanese form.

    The magazines themselves are very good, featuring wonderful magic from many of the best magicians, including Dingle, Sankey, Roth, Jennings and many others. There are simply too many good peices of magic to describe here.

    Finally, the Bull column is an interesting one, which often talks about the then current events in the magic world, so it is nice to look back and read about them.

    Highly recommended to all.

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