Written by Allan Slaight

2007
Work of Stewart James

215 pages (Hardcover), published by Magicana
Illustrated with drawings by Joseph K. Schmidt.
Language: English

(65 entries)

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Allan Slaight Introduction ix
Allan Slaight Stewart James: An Appreciation xi
Philip T. Goldstein Jamesosophy xiv
Stewart James The Boy's World Stewart describing how he started in magic and how he started creating magic 1
Unknown The Knot of Enchantment Each end of a rope tied to each wrist, magician manages to tie a knot in the ropeAlso published here
  • "The Knot of Enchantment" (Boy's World, 1915-16)
3
Stewart James A Match for Gravity Bar bet, looping pendulum, heavy expensive object tied on a string is dropped, but the string loops around a pencil just before object fall on floorAlso published here
  • Linking Ring, Sep 1926
5
Stewart James Murder by Suggestion Using sum of two cards to determine a number, which corresponds to a list of body parts where a victim is to be stabbed, magician predicts the body part correctlyAlso published here
  • Typewritten instructions, 1928
8
Stewart James Spell of Mystery Spectator cuts the deck anywhere, top two cards are used to form a card (value and suit). Magician then spells to find the cardAlso published here
  • Marketed by SJ, June 1929
11
Stewart James Balldown Small metal ball penetrates through larger wooden ball held snugly inside a tubeAlso published here
  • Handwritten notes, November 10 1929
13
Stewart James Freedom of the Sieze Magician divines card that was placed face to face with another card in the middle of the deck, deck held behind the back the whole timeAlso published here
  • marketed by Abbott's 1937
16
Stewart James Simplicity Four Ace Trick Standard Ace Assembly effect, no sleightsAlso published here 19
Stewart James Miraskill Magician can predict number of red and black cards in two pilesAlso published here
  • Marketed by SJ, July 1935
22
Stewart James Face-Up Prediction Similar to The Trick That Cannot Be Explained 24
Stewart James The Book Of The Dead Two spectators select a page each from a loose-leaf book, magician makes the two pages transposeAlso published here
  • marketed by Abbott's, 1939
28
Stewart James Sefalaljia One-man miniature spirit cabinet

Phase one: ball and glass placed in cabinet. When cabinet opened, ball is magically inside the glass now
Phase two: Handkerchief tossed inside the cabinet knots itself
Phase three: Finger ring of spectator magically threads onto a piece of rope that has both ends outside of the cabinet
Phase four: cigar placed inside the cabinet lights up and smokes itself
Phase five: Bottle of milk placed inside cabinet, liquid slowly disappears
Related toAlso published here 31
Stewart James Sefalaljia Jr. Just the ring and string portion of Sefalaljia, but done under a handkerchiefRelated toAlso published here 36
Stewart James, Allan Slaight The Man in Aberystwyth 38
Stewart James The Love-Sick Tennis Ball Tennis ball inside a box rolls out by itself, apparently on commandAlso published here
  • Tops, Dec 1940
40
Stewart James Remembering the Future First spectator chooses a card, second spectator cuts the deck and adds some numbers until single digit is arrived at, which matches the value of the first selectionAlso published here
  • marketed by SJ, 1941-42 and 1947
43
Stewart James Further Than That production of selection, Royal Flush, and other stuffAlso published here 47
Stewart James Half and Half Word randomly formed by combining two lists of letters, magician predicts the word correctlyAlso published here 50
Stewart James The Robot Deck Stack that allows you to do seven routines in a row

Mental Spell, Straight Poker, Stud Poker, Blackjack, Bridge, Scrambled Spelling Bee, Prophetic Card Discovery
53
Stewart James Silkscreen (1991) Handkerchief levitates with a folded screen as a backdrop 59
Stewart James Vocalculate Lie detector plot, three people select a card each, magician divines each card by detecting liesInspired byAlso published here
  • handwritten notes, 1945
62
Stewart James The Prophet's Choice Card at a number predicted by magician, two decks used, two cardsAlso published here
  • Typewritten instructions, Oct 6, 1946
64
Stewart James Go Go Vanisher Handkerchief used to vanish small objectsAlso published here
  • marketed by Harold Sterling, 1947
67
Stewart James The Clincher Spelling to thought of cards with a poker themeAlso published here
  • typewritten instructions, Aug 1947
71
Stewart James, Allan Slaight The Other Place Stewart's ideas on the creative process 74
Stewart James First Class Passage A ring is threaded onto a rope, in between two rings that are knotted onto the ropeRelated toAlso published here
  • Marketed by Sterling, 1947
78
Stewart James Jamesway Poker Deal Deal a winning hand after shuffling a packet of cards any number of times, includes a version for a Five Aces dealAlso published here
  • Marketed by SJ, 1948
81
Stewart James Ten Nights In A Cardroom Multiple phase routine with ten tricks

1. Shuffled deck, you deal and win a game of draw poker
2. Four spectators name a number each, the cards at those positions have the same value
3. You are able to name every card in a hand of poker as it is being dealt
4. Card to pocket, card is lost in the deck by spectator, then card appears in your previously empty pocket. Effect is repeated.
5. Challenge card location
6. Prediction trick
7. You deal yourself good cards for poker
8. You can predict what cards you will receive for poker
9. Blackjack deal, spectator can name any number of hands and you will always win with a blackjack
10. Shuffled deck, you blindfold yourself, you deal for poker and win once again
Also published here
  • Marketed by SJ, 1948
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Stewart James Pokericulum Poker routine, spectators are allowed to switch hands with you before you deal the final card to everyone, but you still winAlso published here
  • Marketed by SJ, 1948
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Stewart James So-Fair Poker Deal Multi phase poker deal, you always get a winning hand despite spectator getting to choose which card is dealt to youAlso published here
  • Marketed by SJ, 1948
96
Stewart James Gobak Card Mystery Selected card vanishes from packet, then returns and located by spectator spelling nameAlso published here
  • Marketed by SJ, 1948
98
Stewart James The Purloined Letters A poem that predicts a selected card, has three different outs to predict three different cardsAlso published here
  • Marketed by SJ, 1948
102
Stewart James Pocket of Persistence Deck is placed in pocket unseen, magician can be blindfolded, but is able to extract winning poker hands, and even the mate to a previously selected cardAlso published here
  • Typewritten instructions, Apr 1949 and Aug 1958
105
Stewart James Essay by SJ Essay on creativity 108
Stewart James Ring Leader Two rings on a magic wand, covered by handkerchief. One of the rings is made to penetrate off the wandAlso published here
  • Handwritten notes, 1950
111
Stewart James Falling Card Five cards are clipped onto bulldog clips and threaded on a rope, when pulled taut, the selected card falls off the clip while the other four remain clippedAlso published here
  • Letter to Francis Haxton, Sep 1951
114
Stewart James Micawber Card is freely named, deck is removed from box and to show one card is reversed in the deck. This reversed card is used to locate the named card.Also published here
  • Linking Ring Oct 1952
116
Stewart James Baker's Dozen System Stack that forces the number thirteen, no matter where the audience stops dealingAlso published here
  • Handwritten notes, 1953
119
Stewart James The Doozer Cards chosen by spectator and performer magically reverses in the deck. Freely named card then appears to be the only card with a different backAlso published here
  • Linking Ring Oct 1953
121
Stewart James Matchimera Also published here
  • First Call To Cards, 1954
125
Stewart James Lejun Prediction placed in clear tumbler, in full view. Card is chosen fairly and found to match predictionAlso published here
  • Linking Ring, Aug 1954
127
Stewart James The Gofar Ball Ball disappears from a tube, travels to under an inverted tumbler under a second tubeAlso published here 131
Stewart James The Tenth Variation Two cards chosen in red pack found to match two cards previously reversed in blue pack. Then the back colors of the selections change places.Also published here
  • Letter to Francis Haxton, Feb 28 1961
134
Stewart James My Father's House Stewart talks about his unbearable father and the house he built 137
Stewart James Card V Four cards in a group of five will secretly code the identity of the fifth card, done over telephoneInspired byAlso published here
  • New Tops, Dec 1961
139
Stewart James The AAG Principle Five by five square filled with numbers generated by adding numbers up, magician can predict the totalAlso published here
  • New Tops, Oct 1962
142
Stewart James Split Second Packet of cards are torn in two, two spectators choose a half of a card, found to matchAlso published here
  • New Tops, Dec 1962
144
Stewart James Strangers From Two Worlds Five photos, one of them being a celebrity. Spectator mixes them up and place them in a row, magician is able to eliminate all the four random photosInspired byAlso published here
  • New Tops, April 1963
147
Stewart James Double Boomerang Two cards chosen, one is divined by magician, one is found in a sealed envelope. Cards are chosen via mathematical procedureRelated to
  • New Tops, Dec 1964
150
Stewart James Incantations 20 card force, different ways of presenting itRelated toAlso published here
  • Handwritten notes, 1964
153
Stewart James Oraclew Magician divines a thought of number, predicts the card at the position of the number, and spells spectator's name to locate another selected cardAlso published here
  • New Tops, Jan 1967
156
Stewart James Dollars and (6th) Sense Three coins are pocketed by three spectators, performer divines them (uses bills instead of coins)Inspired byAlso published here
  • Linking Ring, Oct 1971
159
Stewart James, Allan Slaight Parent-Thesis An article about Stewart's experience of child abuse, sad childhood, and horrible family 162
Stewart James The Secret Partner Poker routine, with a storyAlso published here
  • Typewritten instructions, Feb 14 1979
167
Stewart James TRY aNother FIELD Magician predicts a number, a card, and a picture from a picture deckInspired byAlso published here
  • Letter to Allan Slaught, Dec 1979
171
Stewart James Ontene Prediction Sixteen cards dealt into four by four square, magician predicts the sum of any chosen row or columnAlso published here
  • Handwritten notes, June 1983
175
Stewart James The Dream Goes On Two spectators each name a card freely, cards are found by counting and spelling in two different decks, includes version for a larger settingAlso published here
  • Letter to Howard Lyons, March 15 1984
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Stewart James A Class By Itself Off-beat prediction by lexicon deck, which was also used to determine page numberAlso published here 184
Stewart James Anger With a 'D' Slip of paper with words THENTEAR is used to predict TEN HEART and THREATEN, card trick and book test togetherInspired byAlso published here
  • Letter to Allan Slaight, Dec 12 1984
186
Stewart James Package Deal Card is inserted into a packet of nineteen cards at random spot by spectator, will form four hands of poker for four straightsVariations 189
Stewart James, Allan Slaight While At The Talking Table Stewart James talking about his imaginary friends that help him create tricks 192
Allan Slaight Acknowledgements 199