This issue features new and fascinating research by Ricky Jay and Enrique JimÃ©nez-Martinez that casts doubt on the integrity of the stories in The Life, Adventures, and Unparalleled Sufferings of Andrew Oehler. It simultaneously takes a look at the degree of suffering magicians faced at the hands of religious persecutors in the 1400s to 1800s!
Additionally, there is a rare and privileged look into the New York magic scene from 1938-1958, courtesy of none other than Jean Hugard! His letters to Orville Meyer have been reproduced and annotated. They contain all the salient tips, tricks, commentary, and, of course, gossip that you would expect… and more!