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kwaw, Thank you for sharing this rather fascinating peek into 18th century cartomancy.

I wanted to know more about the first publication so I did a little digging. The Conjuror's Magazine, or Magical and Physiognomical Mirror was published by William Locke, No. 12 Red Lion St, Holborn.

It ran monthly from Aug 1791 to July 1793 and included "everything from card tricks to occultism. Astrology became such a major theme of its articles that it changed its name in August 1793 to the Astrologer's Magazine and ran for six more issues."

Magicpedia claims "It was the first periodical in which a group advertised themselves openly as workers of magic."

Complete issues can also be seen at the
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