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Jack Merlin

(Schenectady, New York: c1885 - ?)

Stage name of James "Jimmy" W. Myers from 1906 until later legalized. Learned at around age 20 assisting Nightingale. Debut in 1906 as amateur. Pro vaude comedy cardman since 1908 throughout the USA, England (1908-11), Australia (1916 and 1926), and Canada (1935). An alcoholic, he disappeared after 1935.

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Jack Merlin
... and a Pack of Cards (used) by Jack Merlin

Softcover book stapled in good condition. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

2021 / 2 / 4

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Jack Merlin
... and a Pack of Cards by Jack Merlin

This publication is in my opinion among the best books on cards ever written, but it is rarely mentioned or recommended. I am not sure why this is. Perhaps one reason is that Jack Merlin himself has not left a large footprint in the magic literature besides this one publication. He has a published trick in Expert Card Technique and if you read Card College 1 you will have learned the Jack Merlin's Riffle Shuffle. Farelli mentions in his Farell's Card Magic: "I agree with Mr. Jack Merlin that the custom of continually practicing in front of a glass is the cause of the unfortunate habit many magicians have of blinking at the precise moment of performing...

2010 / 3 / 24

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