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That Old Black Magic

Props, Books and DVDs for Mystery Entertainers and Historians. All Prices are for Domestic Shipping. Please contact Jim Magus for additional costs incurred on shipping out of the continental United States.
That Old Black Magic; the Lives and Legends of Great African American Magicians. Over twenty five years since the very first book on the subject, the award winning Magical Heroes, was written (also by this author), That Old Black Magic offers the little known biographies of remarkable black stage magicians who pioneered the art of magic. This exciting book explores offers the complete life stories of Richard Potter (who was America's first black celebrity), Jacob Kellies, Henry "Box" Brown (who escaped slavery by mailing himself in a box across the Mason Dixon Line), the Boomskies (who were assistants to Herrmann the Great before performing magic shows on their own), Prince Joveddah de Rajah (a black man from Illinois who disguised himself as an East Indian prince to avoid racism in Vaudeville), the great Black Herman, and so much more. $49.97 plus $5.00 shipping in the USA.
Secrets of Dr. Sigmund Fraud; A Tribute to the Pioneering Comedy Mentalism of Terry Nosek. New for 2021. A book with over thirty mentalism and mental magic routines, half of them created by Terry Nosek, half of them inspired by Terry's humorous style. $30 plus $5 shipping in the United States.

Acworth; Heritage History Hauntings

Acworth; Heritage History Hauntings. This exciting book explores Acworth, Georgia, history as documented in historical newspaper accounts of the past, and information discovered through internet research, as well as stories that have been told and passed down about the city of Acworth and its people, with an emphasis on ghost stories and hauntings. $25 plus $5.00 shipping in the USA.

Monster Jukebox

Monster Jukebox. A history and analysis of spooky music, horror music, monster music, and Halloween music, from the beginning of time until the end of the twentieth century and beyond. A great resource for the Monster disc jockey, Halloween party planner, haunted house organizer, professional musician, or enjoyer of all things spooky. $40 plus $5.00 shipping in the USA. A review from the blog horrornews.net: "Magus is a true music fan (if not apparent from this written achievement). More so (and better yet for us) Jim Magus loves horror music! So much, that he has dedicated his time to a 407 page book that covers it all. I’m not kidding ! I am not aware of any human being who has spent so much time into research and writing about music history as Magus has done in his new book sporting the title: “Monster Jukebox; a History of Spooky Music from the Beginning of Time“. The book is designed to keep you educated, entertained, and is so big it could stop a door (in between readings) To bring you up to speed. “Music Jukebox” is a mammoth on book that covers the gamut of historical music and musical offerings that crossover or directly market to the horror genre. As music lovers ourselves, we can appreciate horror in music ranging the gamut from direct pieces like 1960’s “Monster Mash” into that of the present days of Heavy metal and Marilyn Manson-type music acts (also paying homage to the this much loved tradition of horror content in music). The book covers the areas of classical, music, rock, jazz, big band, country, folk, punk, movie, gothic and gothabilly. A wide music genre span here really goes without saying, however this book is actually more than that as you make your way thru the pages. There is a historical aspect that Jim has spent time to research and include that goes along with the music pieces and styles mentioned. One could easily use this impressive piece as a historical means of educating yourself just on the music alone. In addition, black and white images are included through-out helping readers to visualize some of the pieces and releases mentioned along the way. Time periods? Yes, plenty here beginning with the Renaissance and early traditional times. Monster Jukebox is unique book. In fact, readers will most likely consume this encyclopedia of music entries in bits and pieces starting with their favorite eras and then working down into the smaller stories that have been gathered around each song and music style. It digs into pieces like “Look out for the Hood-doo Man”, “Ogo Pogo” and “My Son the Surf Nut” as examples. Magus explores the year that “Monster Mash” debuted and what the world was like at that time. As music evolved so did the themes and influences. Monster as a theme was catching on indeed with several copycat entries to follow. Influential monster themes of those eras would also leak over in the song titles with popular TV characters such as the “Adam’s Family” and “Munsters” paving the way. Horror Icons such as the werewolf, Dracula, ghouls, Frankenstein, and ghosts each played a part of the bigger picture in this theme based evolution. “Helter Skelter”, a seemingly innocent song, would become the theme song of one Charles Mason painting a different perception to its meanings . King Kong, Godzilla, and even variations that delved more into erotica would also transpire and become central to the movement. (Anyone remember Blue Oyster Cult’s Godzilla?). All the same, The theme was growing and embraced as the years went by. The devil, vamps, and vampires would spark the way for even greater themes to come that speak of “Hells Bells, “A Highway to Hell” and variations of the often revisited “Twilight Zone”. Ghosts and specters were not far behind, followed by serial killers and all sort of variations on the dead. We have clearly seen a wave of horror influences shaping our music tastes and providing many decades of much loved sing alongs. Nightmares and dreamscape’s continue to provide the basis of new compositions while paying homage to the older ones. Jim Magus has provided a great piece of literature that if not documented already has been realized thru this offering of research to the world. Horror fans and music lover alike should grab a copy for those rainy days when you aspire to be the life of the party thru consumption (with so many music history tidbits to speak about). Rock operas, music soundtracks, plays, Halloween themes and the entire echelon of modern heavy metal releases can look towards the past to invent for the future. It’s been a fun ride. A ride that has been documented per the book: “Monster Jukebox; a History of Spooky Music from the Beginning of Time”. Nicely done, we look forward to future research projects that Jim becomes inspired time to research and develop!"

Ancient and Modern Classics of Bizarre Magick

Ancient and Modern Classics of Bizarre Magick. This book for magicians, mentalists, bizarrists and mystery performers offers updates on classic bizarre and seance routines from past masters, updates on classic Tarot routines, magic with Ouija cards, a few routines for Jack the Ripper seances, presentations for some popular contemporary bizarre classics, how to localize a storytelling routine with a stunning conclusion, and more. Contributions from Al Desmond, Mark Piazza, Sudo, and the late Ed Loveland. Plus, learn how I created a popular Ghost Tour and how to present entertaining and mindblowing fortunetelling at corporate events. Unsolicited Review from Larry Baukin: "Just finished the Ancient and Modern Classics of Bizarre Magick. What a wonderful read! I especially liked your section at the end on corporate Tarot reading. The application of the sixteen Myers-Briggs personality types to the sixteen Tarot court cards was very cool. I also loved the way you juxtaposed the Thoth and Rider Waite decks in the interpretations for the various minor arcana cards. Of particular interest was your very creative and original approach to introducing the elemental and astrological symbols inspired by the dominate suit as it randomly appears in the reading. The outs were fantastic. I'm going to use this technique immediately as I often like to point out to the sitter the significance of a particular suit that is 'conspicuously missing' from the spread. Many possibilities! Looking forward to volume 2." $40 plus $5.00 shipping in the USA.

Poe Pourri

Poe Pourri. A book featuring over sixty routines on Poe's life or works, with contributions from Max Maven, Eugene Burger, David Parr, Paul Prater, Dan Baines, T Everett Bookings III, Masklyn ye Mage, Misty Lee, Master Payne, Jim Kleefeld, Joe Daniels, Mark Piazza, Mathew Gostelow, Nick Compise, Marc Charisse, Chad Crews, Keith Black Hart, Tim "Santiago" Converse, and more. Foreword and editing by Prof BC. Reviewed by Rolando Santos in August 2016 Linking Ring: "Highly Recommended." Price of $75.00 plus $6.00 shipping.

Poe Puzzle

The Poe Puzzle. A Limited Edition of only Thirteen signed and numbered Poe Puzzles as featured by Jim Magus at the 2016 East Coast Spirit Sessions. A 12" x 16" full color picture of Poe,framed and matted, is displayed and shown to be a jig-saw puzzle. One piece is removed from the puzzle. A second unassembled puzzle is revealed and the pieces are examined to show they are different. A spectator, under the guidance of Poe's spirit, selects one of the many puzzle pieces and tries it in the assembled puzzle. It is shown to be the missing puzzle piece. You can view it being performed on the Services page of this website. Price of $260 plus $20 shipping. Please inquire prior to ordering to ensure availability, as there are only two remaining as of January 2019.

Unspeakable Acts

Unspeakable Acts; the Biography of Tony Andruzzi, Tom Palmer, and Masklyn ye Mage. Tom Palmer was no ordinary magician. He wasn’t even three ordinary magicians. After making his reputation as an award-winning comedy-magic performer, he ditched it all to become pioneer of bizarre magick, Tony Andruzzi; then wrote and performed under yet a third persona, Masklyn ye Mage. Under one or more of these guises he built pieces for major illusionists, published his own influential magic periodical, headed a witch coven, ran a magic shop, created highly collectible handmade books, hosted an infamous alcohol-fueled annual convention, testified to the Warren Commission on the Kennedy assassination, married four times, and has continued to impact the world of magic 20 years after his death. Get to know him through his own words and through those who knew him. And discover an unforgettable life brimming with hilarious, touching, and outrageous stories—made all the more amazing by the fact that some of them are actually true. Casewrapped hardcover: 535 pages, illustrated. Hardcover, $75 plus $8 shipping in the USA.

Arcana of Bizarre Magick

Arcana of Bizarre Magick. The essential book on bizarre magick, with photographs of bizarrists, 22 essays on various aspects of bizarre magick, and over 70 bizarre magick routines, effects, and ideas. including contributions from T. Everett Bookings III, Tony Raven, Tony Andruzzi, Dennis Marks, Erskine, Harrison Smith, Ford Kross, Docc Hilford, Pascal de Clermont, Scott Davis, Jon Hughett, Harry Meier, Jack Camp, Kotah, and Joe Givan. $60 plus $5.00 shipping in the USA.

Midnight in the Dark Museum

Midnight in the Dark Museum. Over 48 magic routines using Doug Higley's Dark Museum ensemble, with contributions from the most creative minds in contemporary bizarre magick. $35 plus $5 shipping in the USA.

Kon Artiste

Kon Artiste. A book for mystery entertainers, psychic entertainers, bizarrists, magicians and mentalists on how to entertain using a new seance communication device. $35 plus $5 shipping in the USA. Konxari Cards sold separately.

Raising the Dead for Fun and Profit

"Raising the Dead for Fun & Profit is a handbook on how to design, market, and promote a seance party. Jim offers suggestions on making the seance party a year-round entertainment package. The seance party scenarios presented in this book are designed as one or two person portable entertainment vehicles which can be performed in a variety of venues. If your desire is to make a seance party a viable part of your entertainment career, you'll find the information in the marketing section to be extremely valuable. This is an excellent manuscript, and it will be on value to anyone wanting to perform this type of show." ~ Michael Close, in MAGIC magazine "For those of you who either perform or are interested in performing seances, Jim Magus has an excellent manuscript. The book is 84 pages packed with information. Is is pretty much an A to Z primer on putting on a seance party for entertainment." ~ Ford Kross, in Vibrations magazine. $35 plus $5 shipping in the USA.

The Magus Video. From a review in Febuary 1992 New Invocation magazine: "It contains a half dozen performable close up effects that Jim has tested before paying audiencs for years. The effects are enveloped in strong bizarre story lines, and seasoned with the right amount of humor to make them all palatable to the average audience. Each of the effects could be a reputation maker in the right hands. One of my favorites deals with Van Gogh's disembodied ear! The video is not a collection of effets and methods, but a story in itself. A coulple becomes stranded in a rainstorm, and must wait at Magus Mansion for the telephone lines to be restored. During their wait, Magus shows them his collection of bizarre items. Jim Magus continues to be one of the great performers of the weerd and bizarre. It is wonderful that we may now view his strange magick in the privacy of our homes whenever we wish. Highly Recommended. ~ Docc Hilford From a letter: "...I particularly appreciate the framing story, which gets away from the standard show-and-tell format that defines most instructional video tapes. ...The acrobatic mini-Ouija is a lovely idea... ...The Runemaster routine contains some very nice moments... The Crowley Tarot routine pushes some very strong buttons." ~ Max Maven From a review in Magick #473 "The newly released Magus Video goes a step beyond most show-and-tell videos, and may set the standard for future video releases. It has a stranded couple story line, dark and rainy armosphere, and provides a realistic showcase for the bizarre magick of Jim Magus.� You see the effects as a logical routine; then, Magus reveals their secrets. Here's a tip.� Sit through the closing credits for a surprising topper." ~ Bascom Jones From a letter: "Its honestly the most entertaining teaching video I've ever seen (and I've seen many)!" ~ Harry Meier From a letter: "... technically just excellent. So much better than 99% of the magic videos so far produced. Wonderful direction, lighting, and sets." ~ Eugene Burger $30 plus $5 shipping in the USA.

Tales from the Talking Board. "Jim Magus has put out a definitive tome on this valuable tool for both bizarre and psychic entertainment." ~ Brother Shadow "...excellent and more importantly, it covers an area much overlooked among past writers." ~ Bascom Jones "...an excellent treatment of a very unique effect in magic." ~ David Goodsell "Highly Recommnended!" ~ Masklyn Ye Mage $30 plus $5 shipping.

Turn of a Friendly Card

Turn of a Friendly Card. Subtitled "A Treatsie on the Tarot", the booklet has twelve chapters: "Agents of Fortune" is an introductory chapter including many tips on using Tarot cards. "Reading the Tarot for Fun and Prophet" is an excellent overview of fortune-telling with Tarot cards. "Tarot Psychometry" is a version of a classic of bizarre magick. "Return of the Sorcerer" explains how to construct an Acrobatic Arcanum (which is a gimmicked Tarot card that may be used to provide animation in a Tarot routine), and provides an eerie seance presentation. "Fortune-Teller Seance" is the author's presntation for another classic of bizarre magick. � "In the Palm of the Hand" offers another use for an Acrobatic Arcanum. "Good Vibrations" uses a miniture dousing rod to locate a selected Tarot symbol. "Don't Fear the Reaper" is an eye-popping bizarre climax for a Tarot routine. "Jack Camp's Zodiac Cartomancy" is a streamlined method of discerning the spectator's astrological sign during a Tarot reading. "Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya" is a powerful bizarre routine using a grotesque prop. "Talisman of Thoth" is a routine designed to introduce the four suits of the Tarot to a lay audience. "The Legacy Tarot" is a pack of Tarot cards that allow the reader to discern a question the client desires answered in the reading. $15 plus $2 shipping.

Mysteries of the Runes

Mysteries of the Runes. "Jim Magus' monograph is really quite good! He gives the reader a solid introduction to Runes and the basic vocabulary and then describes 23 magic effects and techniques using Runes... each effect is clearly described and includes examples of Jim's patter." ~ David Goodsell, in M-U-M magazine "This covers most, it not all, of the Rune effects which have appeared in magical publications over the years." ~ Billy McComb, in Genii magazine "If you are interested in doing something that will be remembered long after your card miracles have been forgotten, for the bizarrist and psychic entertainer, I highly recommend this book." ~ Ford Kross, in Vibrations magazine "Recommened to the specialist..." ~ Jack Griggs, in the Budget "A wealth of material ... recommended..." ~ Brother Shadow, in Vibrations magazine "... practical, appealing ideas... some gems amidst the stones..." ~ Michael Webber, in Inside Magic "Recommended!" ~ Masklyn Ye Mage, in New Invocation $15 plus $3 shipping.

Magical Heroes

Magical Heroes; the Lives and Legends of Great African American Magicians. The groundbreaking book on an unexplored area of magic history. Hardcover, $40 plus $6 shipping.