Arthur Buckley

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Arthur Buckley (1890-1953) started out in 1908 as 'Young Dante, King of Kards' and 'Kind of Koins', then performed as 'Mysto' in Australia and New Zealand.

Arthur Buckley
BornArthur H. Buckley
December 15, 1890
Sydney, Australia
DiedFebruary 20, 1953 (age 62)
He came to USA in 1918. He became well known in America on the major vaudeville circuits of the 1920s. He was schooled by the great sleight-of-hand artists he met in the entertainment business and by professional gamblers he met in his early years touring Australia.


By 1925, he was working as a two-person mind-reading with his partner/wife Helen.

By 1934, Buckley came back to the US to settle in Chicago to work as an electronics engineer for Reliable Electric in a creative and consulting capacity. He developed a number of commercially successful patents. In Chicago, he became close friends with Alton Sharpe.

He developed one of his most well-known coin sleights the Muscle Pass sometime before 1948 as well as originated and developed the card production known today as the "split fan" production.

Just before his death, he made a TV appearance on the Don Alan Show, then flew at once to the Coast where he appeared on "You Asked For It" with his coin manipulations. The day he returned to work in Chicago, he suffered a heart attack.

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Between 1921 and 1924, Buckley has written a series of twelve problems under the name New and Improved Effects with Cards. These effects are:

  • A Triple Climax
  • The Burglar
  • Twelve Cards to Pocket

If someone can finish and dated the list, thanks in advance.

THE FIRST TEN OF THESE IMPROVED AND ORIGINAL CARD PROBLEMS, SERIES ONE AND TWO, WERE PUBLISHED IN TWO SMALL PAMPHLETS OF FIVE EFFECTS EACH IN 1924. (Excerpt from Improved and Original Card Problems - 1930)

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