A new online publication, the Journal of Magic Research, seeks to promote the application of scientific methods in magic research.
The journal is published by Past International President Dr. William E. Spooner (left). “At the present time,” writes Dr. Spooner, “the use of scientific methods in research is practically non-existent within the magic fraternity. A scientific approach to magic can provide information not available through traditional historical research.”
John Moehring, former editor of MAGIC magazine and M-U-M, will serve as editor of the JMR. Past International President Dr. William A. Wells and Dr. Gerry S. Hayes are associate editors.
The premiere issue provides an overview of the format and purpose of the JMR and presents a brief review of past and recent applications of scientific processes to magic research. An article, "Variables Effecting Gel-time of Superabsorbent Polymers,” serves as an example of the type of research the JMR seeks to publish.
The issue also includes criteria for submitting articles to the JMR. “Articles should be founded on a rational process that uses scientific skills,” states Dr. Spooner. Intellectual rights of all submissions will remain the sole property of the contributing authors.
There is no charge to subscribe. If you would like to receive the first issue of the JMR or know of others you think would be interested, e-mail the publisher at firstname.lastname@example.org.