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Jack Avis

Jack Avis

(Beckenham, Kent, England: 27 Jul 1921 - 8 Jan 2004)

Inspired and learned at age 12 from tricks in Wizard comics. Amateur card and close-up magician since then, initially with stage name "Siva". 50 years in printing trade before retiring. Hobbies: cabinet making and book binding. Magic Circle Reference Librarian since 1990. Died of heart attack.

Invented Message from Hades (1953) and the Siva Count (5-as-4) by 1977 when published by Mentzer. Wrote Minds in Duplicate (1956, 32pp). Tricks in Pentagram, New Pentagram, Gen, Abra, Phoenix, Hugard's Magic Monthly, Pallbearers, Chronicles, Linking Ring, MUM, Pabular, Epilogue, Ibidem, and Technomagic.

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Sixty Years of Magic from the Private Notebooks of Jack Avis!

After Jack's death in 2004, 28 notebooks were discovered among his vast collection of manuscripts, books and other publications that contained his collected thoughts over the past half century.

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