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Find the Lady, also known as the Elusive Lady, was a stage illusion created by Amac based on three card monte with giant playing cards.
Amac performed it around 1921 in London. It was so successful that Amac later used it as his complete act.
Nicola developed a version in 1923 as "The Prison Door Illusion", which was also used by David Bamberg (Fu-Manchu) in 1931.
With Amac's permission, Cecil Lyle performed the original version from 1940 until 1955, calling it "Find the Lady".
Since Lyle's death in 1955, it has been owned and performed by Faust (Granville Taylor). Faust owns Amac's original "Find the Lady" equipment and holds the sole performing rights throughout the world for this illusion.
"Find the Lady" illusion is explained (but not generally believed to be Amac's method) in John Northern Hilliard's Greater Magic A Practical Treatise On Modern Magic.
At the 2007 L.A. Conference on Magic History, Jim Steinmeyer explained and performed his version of Amac's "Find the Lady" illusion. The method was not the same as Amac's.