BREESE INTRODUCES THE
MAGAZINE NOW ON CD-Rom.
Trixy. 24 magazines for junior magicians published in the 1940s and
a comprehensive index of tricks by Michael Colley together with the
full magic catalogue from the Boy Magicians Service in Prestatyn
Back in the 1940s a lot
of young magical enthusiasts like me joined the Boy Magiciansí Club in
Prestatyn, North Wales. The club was run by a Mr Rees who I believe was
not only a magician but also performed a marionette show. Mr Rees produced
the Trixy - a wonderful little magic magazine - and from this magazine
many of us young enthusiasts learnt the basics of magic. Eddie Burke was a
member and a lot of us older magicians were subscribers. Perhaps Terry
Herbert as well. I must ask him. Once we started to subscribe to the
magazine and had joined the Boy Magiciansí Club we were entitled to wear a
little button badge portraying a rabbit coming out of a hat. It was
printed in black on a white background, I think.
The Trixy was a little
unusual in that it consisted of 24 monthly issues but none of the issues
were dated. As soon as you joined the club you would receive issue number
one and a month later issue number two and so on until you had received a
total of 24 monthly issues. I believe that at times you were allowed to
buy two or three issues in one go. A few years ago I was able to purchase
a small collection of Trixy magazines (at a very high price indeed and now
lost by my scanning people in India) and I noticed that there were, in
some instances, slightly different duplicate copies of the magazines in
the set of 24 which meant that over the years Mr Rees changed and modified
the magazines as they were published. I donít seem to remember that the
changes were substantial but they were there.
Mr Rees also issued a
wonderful catalogue of magic and I worked my way through it over several
years and bought my very first tricks in this way. The set of 24 issues of
the Trixy and the catalogue of magic are reproduced here on this CD-Rom
and I have a very strong suspicion that the release of this CD-Rom is
going to take a lot of magicians Ė who like me were young lads in the
1940s - on a long and happy trip down memory lane.
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