Ellis Stanyon

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Ellis Stanyon
BornWilliam Ellis Stanyon
January 8, 1870
Leicestershire, England
DiedSeptember 2, 1951 (age 81)
West Hampstead, London, England
Resting placeWest Hampstead Cemetery

William Ellis Stanyon (1870 - 1951), born in Leicestershire, England was a professional magician and magic dealer in London. Stanyon became interested in magic after seeing a magic show at his school and getting a copy of Professor Hoffmann's Modern Magic.


Ellis Stanyon started his first periodical known as 'Stanyon's Serials' in 1899. A year later he published-edited Stanyon's Magic. In the first issue of Magic he set out his intention which was to‚ 'popularize the Art of Sleight of Hand'. His periodical was 8 pages per issue and contained, news, tricks, reviews and gossip, as well as advertisements. It was first published in October 1900 and ran for 177 issues (1400+ pages) with a break during the 1914-1918 war and the final issue was published in June 1920. After his death in 1951, Stanyon's son Cyril took over the magic business.


  • New Juggling Tricks (1901)
  • New Coin Tricks (two volumes)
  • New Handkerchief Tricks
  • New Card Tricks
  • New Miscellaneous Tricks
  • New Fire Tricks and Chemical Magic for the Stage


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  • Goodliffe's Abracadabra, Vol. 12, No. 294, September 1951, Sic Transit Ellis Stanyon, page 126
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 31, No. 8, October 1951, Ellis Stanyon Called By The Master, page 27
  • Tops Magazine, Vol. 16, No. 11, November 1951, ELLIS STANYON DIES, page 27
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 88, No. 1, January 2008, Letters From the Past, page 54
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Stanyon, Ellis, (Prof.), engl. Zauberkünstler; Zauberkunst-Fachschriftsteller; Zauberartikelhändler, page 291
  • Ellis Stanyon MAGIC bibliography
  • New Juggling Tricks, Stanyon, 1901
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