Magicseen Magazine is a European magic publication that launched in 2005. It comes out six times a year and is available in print or online format. I had heard good things about it, so I wanted to check it out for myself. I ordered the March 2009 issue with Pete Firman on the cover.
The magazine has a nice design which translates nicely to PDF format. I worried that it might be difficult to read because of the three column layout. I assumed that I would have to scroll from top to bottom multiple times on each page to read an article. Luckily, this was not the case. I could easily zoom in enough to read the text on the screen without being so close as to have to scroll around very often.
The magazine contains the kind of things you would expect: reader letters, news, product reviews, magician profiles, trick explanations, interviews, convention coverage, etc. Each of theese were well written. Of course, the focus is on the European magic scene, which is a nice change of pace for us Americans.
Like any magazine, they must make money with ads. I would estimate that about a third of the space is dedicated to this. That’s not necessarily a bad thing in a magic publication, since I like to keep up to date on the newest products anyway.
Overall, I liked the experience of reading Magicseen on my computer. Like many of you, I would prefer to hold the physical copy in my hand as I comb through it, but it’s nice to have the option for both. If you are thinking about checking it out, Chris Wasshuber from www.Lybrary.com offers an online annual subscription for only $22. That’s not a bad deal for six issues. If you want to receive the print issues as well as the PDFs, the cost is $29.90.
If you subscribe, you will also recieve a bonus Masterclass eBook containing 61 tricks from the first 24 issues of the magazine. On top of all of that, the offer comes with a full money-back guarantee. So, they obviously stand behind their product.
- Available from www.Lybrary.com