James H. Steinmeyer (born 1 November 1958) has been called by The New York Times the "celebrated invisible man—inventor, designer and creative brain behind many of the great stage magicians of the last quarter-century."
Jim Steinmeyer has worked with most of the leading magician around the world, produced magic for their television specials, and authored many books on illusions and the history of magic. He served as a consultant for notable magicians including Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield and Lance Burton and developed magic for Orson Welles, Harry Blackstone, and The Pendragons.
Jim Steinmeyer was the Magic Designer for Doug Henning on his four television specials, six touring shows and two Broadway shows.
For one of David Copperfield's television specials, Jim proposed the scenario and secret by which the Statue of Liberty "disappeared."
In 1991 he was awarded The Creative Fellowship by The Academy of Magical Arts.
Jim produced the 1997 four hour A&E Television Special, "The Story of Magic," hosted by Ricky Jay.
- Device and Illusion (1991)
- The Magic of Alan Wakeling (1993)
- Art & Artifice and other Essays on Illusion (1998)
- The Complete Jarrett (2001)
- Impuzzibilities (2002)
- Hiding the Elephant (2003)
- The Conjuring Anthology (2006)
- The Glorious Deception (2006)
- Further Impuzzibilities (2006)
- Technique and Understanding (2009)
- Antonio Diavolo, A Souvenir of his Performance (with John Gaughan) (1986)