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Joe Stuthard

Joe Stuthard

(Canada: 16th September 1911 - 27th April 1992)

Aka "The Canadian Funatic". Learned in the 1930s from books (including Erdnase) and working carnivals, fairs, and streets. Invented Trilby Deck (1949) and Stinger Kliptrik monte trick (1950). Wrote Svengali Subtleties (1948, 19pp) and Stooging Around (1949, 34pp). Moved to Britain.

In 1953 co-founded (with Harry Baron) The Kaymar Magic Company in Billericay, Essex County, England, where he worked briefly. Moved back to Canada and then around 1956 on to Australia where he ran a travelling magic pitch stand in Sydney for several years until retired, leaving the business to Rod Junor.

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Joe Stuthard
Stuthard's Svengali Subtleties by Joe Stuthard

An excellent work on the Svengali Deck, including drawings and photos.

  • Mechanics Of Svengali Deck
  • Handling The Svengali Deck
  • Main Points To Remember
  • Running The Cards
  • Double Lift
  • The Riffle Shuffle
  • The Overhand Shuffle
  • The Fan
  • The Spread
  • The Drop
  • Effects With Svengali Deck
  • Stabbing Trick No. 1
  • Stabbing Trick No. 2
  • Stuthard’s Svengali Subtlety
  • Methods Of Switching Deck To Ordinary Cards
  • Suggested Routine With The Svengali Deck
  • Finally

1st edition 1948, 15 pages; PDF 13 pages.

★★★★★ $8
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Joe Stuthard
Stooging Around by Joe Stuthard

From the introduction:

By daring to write a booklet on the subject of stooges, I realize that I am liable to cause a great deal of heated discussion among magicians all over the world. No magician deplores the use of stooges more than one who has never used them! That same magician will, nevertheless, often rely upon the use of a faked deck of cards or, if he is an illusionist, he will proudly point to the speed with which his assistants make use of the trap in the stage. What is the difference between the use of such subterfuges and the use of an accomplice or stooge? If the same effect...

★★★★★ $7
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