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Stanley Collins

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Stanley Collins
BornStanley Martin Collins
August 31, 1881
Rotherhithe London, England
DiedMay 22, 1966 (age 84)
St. Leonards-on-Sea, England
CategoriesBooks by Stanley Collins

Stanley Collins (1881-1966) invented many magic effects based on mechanical and hydraulic principles.


Inspired by the magic performances of Chung Ling Soo, in 1905 he began to perform as "Loo Sing." Collins went on to become a highly successful society conjurer. His greatest claim to fame may be as a collector of rare and antique magic books.

In particular, Stanley Collins' conjuring with cards is acknowledged to have been well ahead of his time. His "Collins' Aces" routine is still being performed by some today.

He is credited with inventing the Jumping Rubber Band in 1911.[1]

Stanley wrote a section in J. B. Bobo's Modern Coin Magic and numerous articles for The Sphinx, The Jinx, Hugard's Magic Monthly, Pentagram, and The Linking Ring.



  1. The Magician Monthly, Vol. 8, No. 1, December, 1911
  2. M-U-M, Vol. 93. No. 2, July 2003, From Our Point of View, page 49
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 31, No. 3, May 1951, the Stanley Collins COLLECTED PARADE by Eddie Clever, page 51
  • Goodliffe's Abracadabra, Vol. 41, No. 1062, June 1966, STANLEY MARTIN COLLINS, page 339
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 46, No. 7, July 1966, Broken Wand STANLEY COLLINS, page 97
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 79, No. 855, May 1985, A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities by EDWIN A. DAWES, 113. STANLEY COLLINS – ON HIS MAJESTY'S SERVICE, page 326