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Alex De Vega

Alex De Vega

(Glasgow, Scotland: 10th September 1891 - 9th January 1971)

Stage name of Alexander Mackay "Alex" Stewart. Initially pro illusionist with full-evening show that toured Britain for several years. Then physiotherapist. Also pyrotechnist with "Stewart's Displays", continuing as illusionist on semi-pro basis. In 1922 was hired by Houdini to investigate the "Crewe Circle" of pseudo-psychics. First President of Scottish Conjurers' Association 1924. Invented the Divided Lady illusion ("The Great Divide") by 1945.

Wrote A Whirlwind of Wizardry (1919, with Chris van Bern) and Summertime Sorcery (1939, 17pp). Also wrote 13 manuscripts (1926-48), including Formula X (1947) and The Devil's Whisper (1948).

Coauthors: Chris van Bern

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A Whirlwind of Wizardry by Chris van Bern & Alex De VegaFrom the Introduction:
Remember that the average act, which can be acquired by anyone without much practice, is seen on the Halls so often that one becomes absolutely bored with it. They are known in the profession as “Penny a bunch Acts.” Now with a little application you can stand apart from this bunch, and be a specialist, so this book is offered in the sincere hope that you will be able to glean an act from it, and we tell you to do so in all confidence, as the material is original, and has seldom, if ever, been used in public.
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More Selected Secrets by Alex De VegaFrom the Foreword:
In presenting a further selection of secrets to the fraternity, I have again chosen these of general interest. It will be understood that these secrets are written for the advanced performer. Where the item is an improvement of a known effect. I have taken it for granted that the reader is familiar with the working of same; should he not be so, however, full descriptions will be found in the standard text-books on Magic.
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  • Dyeing Billiard Balls
  • The "Repeater" Smoke Trick
  • The Tobacco Trick (Simplified)
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Selected Secrets by Alex De VegaFrom the Foreword:
In selecting these Secrets, I have endeavoured to interest the Fraternity at large. Whether you are a manipulator, impromptu or spectacular worker I trust you will find herein some secret that will add to your reputation as a magician.

The secrets are chosen from over 300 which I classified when writing The Whirlwind of Wizardry and while many are not complete tricks or effects in themselves they are just what adds that little extra touch of smartness to an act, or that little effect to fill up a break.

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  • That Broken Match
  • Self Igniting Dove Pan
  • Knotted Changing Silks
  • Splinters:...
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Patterettes by Alex De VegaFrom the Foreword:
"Patterettes" is not really a book of Patter. Personally I do not believe in ready-made Patter; which is like ready-made clothing - must be altered to suit the individual. "Patterettes" is rather a collection of snappy little gags that may be added to your patter at your discretion. I do not claim originality for what is to follow: some are original but many are not. They are taken from my "gag books" in which I have collected many notes of little sayings, jokes, etc. which I have made suitable for patter in connection with conjuring and the allied arts.
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