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Stewart James

(Courtright, Ontario, Canada: 14th May 1908 - 5th November 1996)

Of Scots ancestry. Learned on 7th birthday. IBM member since 1926. Prolific and highly creative inventor, he published first trick ("Surprising Suspension") in 1926. Major later effects include Ball of Fortune = Medallion (June 1929 in Sphinx, with later revisions), the Mosteller Principle (1929), the synonymy principle (in 1930s), Miraskill (1935), Headline Prediction (1938), Sefalaljia (1939), Fantastic Facsimile (by 1940), Lac-Lite (by 1940), The Book of the Dead (by 1940), Tip-See (1940), Remembering the Future (1947), Jamesway Poker Deal (1948), and First Finger of Fate (1954, with Freer). 1982 AMA Creative Fellowship.

Edited Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks (3 vols, 1941, 1962, 1980), a classic series; and wrote booklets: The Nullifactor [1954, 8pp], First Call to Cards (1954, 28pp), Magic Mine No.1 (1957, 28pp), and Case for Cards (1958, 22pp). Many tricks in magazines, including in Sphinx (1926), Canadian Magician's Digest (1929), Jinx, Phoenix, New Phoenix, New Tops, Pentagram, Ibidem, Epoptica, and the all-James issue of Arcane #10 (1983). See P. Howard Lyons and Allan Slaight (editors), Stewart James in Print: The First 50 Years (1989), which at 1,025 pages was the then largest page-count of any book about a single magician ever published in English. See also Allen Slaight (editor), The James Files (2000, 3 vols, 1770pp).

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Quick Hypnotic Tricks by Stewart JamesThis ebook contains twelve extraordinary, pseudo-hypnotic tricks that can be performed with sensational results by anyone.

Not true hypnotism, which requires long practice and frequently fails, but cleverly disguised natural principles that are little known. One of the most unusual collections of odd information ever assembled. So-called instantaneous hypnotic methods that depend on applying pressure to certain nerve centers to create temporary paralysis are strictly avoided in these instructions.

This series of science-baffling effects appear to be contrary to all natural laws. Deemed...

2018 / 9 / 14

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Jamesosophy by Stewart JamesPersonally I find any trick using a swastica not a particularly good idea today, because the swastica is loaded with meaning not necessarily appropriate for entertainment. But we should not forget that this manuscript was originally written in the 1940s.

The gem in my opinion is the last effect, "The All Clear Card Transformation."

Here are the effect descriptions as they were originally written by Stewart James.


The performer writes a prediction and anyone retains it for the time being. He now displays a card, the same size as a playing card, bearing a Swastica. The assertion...

2011 / 3 / 8

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