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Stanley Collins

(Rotherhithe, London, England: 31st August 1881 - 22nd May 1966)

Full name is Stanley Martin Collins. Inspired around age 20 seeing Prof. Willis do the Conus Aces and immediately learned from Sach's Sleight of Hand. Pro since 1916 when he played St. George's Hall. A non-smoker and non-drinker, he despised his audiences. Retired in 1939.

Invented the Jumping Rubber Band (1911), Collins Count (1912), Collins Four Aces (1912), Penetrating Card (1915), and Nic's Napkins (by 1928).

Wrote Original Magical Creations (1914, 111pp), Deceptive Conceptions in Magic (1920, 112pp), Collins' Card Conceits [1925], A Conjuring Mélange (1947, 256pp), and a chapter in Bobo's Modern Coin Magic (1952). As "S. Wynne Burne" wrote Anthology of Love Poems (1929), a rare forcing book. Other poetry force-books as "S. Martin" and "S. Frank Harris". Also wrote as "Bold Pincher". Articles in Magician Monthly, Magazine of Magic, Sphinx, Linking Ring, Collectors Annual, Pentagram, and Magic Cauldron.

Biographer is Thomas A. Sawyer, Stanley Collins: Society Entertainer & Magic Collector (1984). See Thomas A. Sawyer, Men of Letters: Stanley Collins and Trevor H. Hall (1991, c70pp).

Coauthors: Paul Gordon

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Nonpareil Book Mystery: A Holiday in Morocco by Stanley CollinsThis is a digital reproduction of a progressive anagram based book test. It includes a handwritten letter by Stanley Collins to a Will, the instructions, and the force book titled A Holiday in Morocco by S. Martin.

Effect: Spectator chooses three cards from a deck of cards. The first card determines the page, the second the line number, and the third the word. Spectator looks up the word in A Holiday in Morroco book. You are able to determine the chosen word letter by letter. Stanley Collins uses an alphabet deck to reveal each letter.

1st edition ~1920; PDF 21 pages.

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Transcendental Book Test by Stanley CollinsEffect: The book of love poems may be given for examination, opened at any page by a spectator, and whatever the number of the page is selected, spectator counts the words of this number and remembers same. Performer then picks up a paper and pencil, and predicts the word selected. This can be repeated with a different word.

Note: You will receive the force book (Anthology of Love Poems by S. Wynne Burne) as PDF. The easiest way to use it is to load it onto a phone, tablet or eReader and present it that way in electronic form to the spectators. Alternatively you can print and bind it at a...

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Stanley Collins

Deceptive Conceptions in Magic by Stanley CollinsFrom the Foreword:
Written entirely during my service in the Army and the major part of it whilst under shellfire at Ypres and on the Somme, this book was ready for the press save the sketches, early in 1919.

Anticipating almost immediate demobilisation, I determined to post to my home the manuscript that had been such a labour of love to me, with some small magical apparatus that had accompanied me during the campaign. I am still awaiting the arrival of that parcel.

Considerably lightened by the possession of an exceptional memory, my task of re-writing is now finished and I confidently...

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Original Magical Creations by Stanley CollinsFrom the Foreword:
Magicians who are seeking that evanescent "something new" which, like the Family Ghost, is very often talked about but seldom seen, will, I venture to prophesy, find "something new" in Original Magical Creations.

In penning this volume my aim has been twofold. In the first place, I have set out to describe in detail the methods by which certain experiments originated by myself are performed, and secondly my endeavour has been to teach how to perform them, which is a totally different proposition.

To carry out this plan in its entirety, the inclusion of the covering...

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Stanley Collins & Paul Gordon

Collins's Card Conceits by Stanley Collins & Paul GordonStanley Collins was one of the finest card magic creators ever, and Collins's Card Conceits was his finest hour.
  • The "T-Square" Colour Change
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • "Jumbo" Comedy of Errors
  • All Fours
  • A.J.A.X. 2
  • A.J.A.X. 3
  • Red and Blue
  • Pictures and Pips
  • A Card Comedy
  • The Homing Aces
  • Cards and Cords
  • Card, Crayon and Cross-words

1st edition 1925, reprint 2007, 1st digital edition 2014, 50 pages.

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