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Alex Elmsley

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Alex Elmsley (March 2, 1929 – January 8, 2006) was born in St. Andrews, Scotland. He was notable for his invention of the Ghost Count, also knonwn as the Elmsley Count.

He began practicing magic in 1946, as a teenager. He studied physics and mathematics at Cambridge University; whilst there he was also secretary of the Pentacle Club.

He was employed as a patent agent and later computer expert, but his true love was card and close-up magic.

He created a number of classic sleights and effects, including the Ghost Count, Between Your Palms, Point Of Departure and Diamond Cut Diamond.



  • "Low Cunning" lecture notes (1957).
  • "Low Cunning" lecture notes for US (1959).
  • "Cardwork" lecture notes (1975)
  • 4 Card Trick (1967)
  • The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley (vol. 1 1991, vol. 2 1994).

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