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New Editor for M-U-M Magazine


The Society of American Magicians has selected Alan Howard to succeed Michael Close as the Editor of the M-U-M magazine. Mr. Howard was previously the editor of Juggle Magazine and associate editor of MAGIC Magazine. After a rigorous two-month process, Mr. Howard was selected from the six applicants and has been contracted to begin in October 2017 to assemble his staff and work with Mr. Close to transition the publication’s editorial responsibilities. Mr. Close’s last issue will be the December 2017 issue, with Mr. Howard’s first issue the January 2018 issue.

The Society cannot thank Mr. Close enough for his over 9 years at the helm of the M-U-M, bringing interesting features, diverse informational columns, tricks and magic product reviews to our compeers. Mr. Howard will work to assemble his design team and columnists. He expects to continue the longstanding high-quality magazine that the members expect from our flagship publication.

Alan has a long history as a writer and has written for everything from The Guinness Book of World Records to Boy’s Life. In 1998 he became Associate Editor of JUGGLE Magazine and took over full editorship of the publication 2001. After Stan Allen stepped out as publisher of that magazine, Alan continued as an independent publisher/editor, handling 100% of the publication.

During those years, Alan also on MAGIC Magazine, becoming associate editor in January 2006. Since that time, he was in on every decision, often writing the key stories, and always editing and proofing the balance of content.
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Alan also has a strong background as a performer. He has performed as a juggler in casinos and production shows in Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City, and Freeport, Bahamas. He has performed on over 340 cruises, aboard 56 ships, for 15 cruise lines and on stages and television internationally in the US, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Spain.

Stan Allen, the publisher of MAGIC MAGAZINE and the founder of MAGIC-Live said; “Alan has a deep knowledge of the world of magic, both current and the past. He has a larger personal magic library than I do, and he’s actually read it!”

Alan Howard looks to be a great addition to the 107 year history of M-U-M Magazine.

  1. Thanks! Alan has big shoes to fill, because Michael Close was great, but I am sure he can handle it. Looking forward to see what he does. I love the MUM and look forward to it every month.

  2. Elton Rayburn Sr. says:

    The very best of great reviews and a long line of heath Alan.

  3. George Schindler says:

    Great choice

  4. He sounds like a great find and choice!

  5. Alan: Congrats from your new friends at Ovid Bell Press. We are all looking forward to helping you grow M.U.M. Magazine.

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