Mahatma (Vols. 1-9) by George Little

(c. 1895,1994) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Details: Mahatma was a monthly magic periodical founded by George Little, which was published March 1895 – February 1906 (issue 104).[1] According to Alfredson and Daily,[1] it was “the first English language magical serial of any substance”. With the September 1902 issue, it became the official magazine of the Society of American Magicians.[1] Mahatma was printed in the back of New York City’s Martinka’s magic shop.[2]

The first issue of Mahatma was published in March 1895.[1] There was a gap in publication of 28 months between issues 8 and 9 of volume 1. During this time, the publishers put out 2 other magazines that followed the numbering of Mahatma: Vaudeville and Artist Era. Vaudeville claimed to be a continuation of Mahatma with a change in name and format, and ran for two issues (Volume 1 Numbers 9 & 10). Only two issues of Artist Era are known to exist (Volume 1 Numbers 11 & 13). When it continued publication of volume 1, Mahatma ignored the numbering of Vaudeville and Artist Era and continued with volume 1 number 9.

in 1902, Mahatma began publishing the meeting notes of the Society of American Magicians.[2] It became the society’s official magazine starting with the September 1902 issue.[1]

A complete set comprises nine volumes, all containing 12 issues except for volume 9, which contains only 8.[1] Vaudeville and Artist Era are sometimes considered necessary to complete a collection.

Contents:

Mahatma – Index – 38 pages
The History of Mahatma – Richard Kaufman, July 1994
Mahatma Index – Stephen Hobbs
Index of Effects
Mahatma Contributors
Mahatma – Volume I – 12 Issues – March 1895 to June 1898 – 184 pages – including:
The Vaudeville (Lawrence & Little) – Volume I, Number IX – November 1895
The Vaudeville (Lawrence & Little) – Volume I, Number X – November 23, 1895
Artist Era (Little & Clivette) – Volume I, Number II – February 4, 1896
Artist Era (Little & Clivette) – February 26, 1896
Mahatma – Volume II – 12 Issues – July 1898 to June 1899 – 136 pages
Mahatma – Volume III – 12 Issues – July 1899 to June 1900 – 126 pages
Mahatma – Volume IV – 12 Issues – July 1900 to June 1901 – 108 pages
Mahatma – Volume V – 12 Issues – July 1901 to June 1902 – 121 pages
Mahatma – Volume VI – 12 Issues – July 1902 to June 1903 – 166 pages
Mahatma – Volume VII – 12 Issues – July 1903 to June 1904 – 144 pages
Mahatma – Volume VIII – 12 Issues – July 1904 to June 1905 – 145 pages
Mahatma – Volume IX – 8 Issues – July 1905 to February 1906 – 97 pages

  • Publisher: Kaufman and Greenberg
  • Pages: 1132
  • Location: Washington DC, USA
  • Dimensions: 9″x11″
  • Date: 1895, 1994
  • Binding: hardbound

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