What is Marty’s Magic Ruseletter?

Marty’s Magic Ruseletter is, as the name suggests, a FREE monthly newsletter on magic as both a hobby and performance art. Subscribing to the Ruseletter is the best way to keep up-to-date with the latest content on my magic blog, Marty’s Bag of Tricks.

If you want to learn more about the Ruseletter before subscribing, I recommend reading Monthly Update #1. Once you subscribe, you’ll receive future issues on the last day of every month in your email inbox.

How Often Do You Publish New Material?

The newsletter is published monthly (see the Monthly Updates section). However, I actually post articles to Substack weekly, not just at the start of each month. Suppose you’d like to receive an email notification on the day each article is published (rather than wait for the next monthly update). In that case, you can turn on additional notifications for each newsletter section (go to your account page to do this).

Modify Notifications

You can turn them all on or pick and choose which notifications you want to receive in your inbox. The monthly update will be the only newsletter you’ll be subscribed to by default. I hate spam, so I’d rather you consciously opt-in to the other notifications. If you do, you’ll receive two or three weekly emails from me as well as the monthly update on the first Sunday of each month.

What are the Main Benefits of Becoming a Subscriber?

Subscribing will give you access to my original close-up magic. Each month, I’ll share several unpublished magic tricks for you to learn, practice and perform.

As a valued subscriber, you’ll also be given access to some of my unpublished magic books in syndicated form. Once each book has been written, I’ll publish it as an ebook and possibly a physical book (depending on demand). However, subscribers will retain access to the web versions of the book forever.

Is the Ruseletter really free?

More than 50% of the content available on the Ruseletter is available for free. All of my monthly updates are available to read without a paid subscription.

For the rest of the regular articles, I use a "freeven" subscription model, which means that every evenly numbered article is free to read. In addition, all of the Legends of Legerdemain and Obscure Origins posts are not behind the paywall. I’ve done this to encourage all magicians, young and old alike, to learn more about the history of magic.

Want to read everything I write? Then I encourage you to upgrade to a paid subscription. I’ve kept the cost ridiculously cheap, given the amount of time and effort I put into each and every article. Currently, a monthly subscription costs $5 (£4) per month. Pay for an annual subscription, and you’ll get two months for free. So for $50 (£40) per year, you can get access to everything I write. Paid subscribers also gain direct access to all of the hidden pages on my blog. This includes 27 magic trick tutorials. However, if you are content with only accessing the free articles, then that is perfectly okay with me.

By becoming a paid subscriber, you’ll be supporting the publication of both free and paid-for content both here and on my blog. If you don’t want to pay a subscription but would still like to support my writing, you can do so by buying me a coffee via Ko-Fi.

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Hey, there. I'm a learning technologist working in the UK higher education sector and a passionate amateur magician.