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Jack McMillen

Jack McMillen

(Stockton, California: 19th April 1911 - 14th February 1993)

Learned at age 11 from books, including Hatton and Plate's Magicians' Tricks. Debut at age 12. Railway manager (retired 1976). Semi-pro close-up magician 1930s-80s in San Francisco, including as an instructor at Golden Gate Magic shop. Specialized in gambling demos and card and coin work. 1991 AMA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Invented JM Card Rise (1927), Witchcraft Card Rise (1930), and Astral Vision (by 1942). Wrote Take a Card (1930, 10pp, with Judson Brown) and Sleights & Swindles (15pp). Tricks in Sphinx, Phoenix, and Genii.

Coauthors: Michael Landes, Judson Brown

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Jack McMillen & Judson Brown
Take a Card by Jack McMillen & Judson Brown

This hard-to-find book of eleven clever card effects was ahead of its time and still plays well to today's audiences. While not self-working, magicians with ordinary card ability can do them all.

The effects include:

  • An Instantaneous Detection
  • The Haunted Whisper
  • The Hazy Pips
  • From Another Deck
  • A Joker Location
  • Another Joker Location
  • Blowing the Pips
  • A New Reverse Location
  • Upside Down
  • The Phantom Pips
  • Topsy-Turvy Location

Acclaimed by close-up masters including Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller, McMillen and Brown were known as the most skillful card performers on the Pacific coast. Those who knew...

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Michael Landes & Jack McMillen
Jack McMillen by Michael Landes & Jack McMillen

"Dai Vernon was a huge admirer of Jack McMillen, and so am I. The content of this book, capably presented by McMillen's friend and student of many years, Michael Landes, will bring great happiness to any advanced practitioner of the art. I have printed and spiral-bound the PDF into a book, which is now full of underlines, highlights, and personal notes. One of the Top Ten Buys at!" - Roberto Giobbi

Jack McMillen is famous for his (plunger) card rise. Seventy-five years after first appearing in print, it remains the preferred pure sleight of hand method for the rising cards, as well as a powerful more...

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