Stanley Collins (1881-1966) invented many magic effects based on mechanical and hydraulic principles.
|Born||August 31, 1881|
|Died||May 22, 1966 (age 84) |
|Categories||Books by Stanley Collins|
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.
- Original Magical Creations (1915)
- Deceptive Conceptions in Magic (1920)
- Collins' Card Conceits (1925) - reprinted in 2007 by Natzler Enterprises & Paul Gordon
- A Conjuring Melange (1947)
- Stanley Collins: Conjurer Collector and Iconoclast by Edwin Dawes (2002). (This book also includes CD-ROM of Collins performing a few brief card flourishes.)