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Arnold Belais

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Arnold Belais
BornNovember 4, 1890
New York City
DiedJanuary 29 1973 (age 82)

Arnold Belais (1890-1973), a life insurance agent in New York City, served on many SAM committees and was the organizer of "The Imps", a magic club for young people.[1][2]


Belais joined SAM (Parent Assembly) in 1910 as member No. 414[3] He specialized in "Jumbo Magic" and invented a number of magical effects and constructs his own apparatus having been trained in his earlier years as a watch-maker and jeweler like[4] He was known for his The Multiplying Pipes and Smoke Up Sleeve.

He performed in many of the principal hospitals and institutes in New York City. When not performing, he worked with the 'Amateur Actors' League of America, in charge of the Magical Department and the Amateur Player , the official organ of the League.[5]


  • To the Point in Sphinx, Vol. 29, no. 10, Dec. 1930, page 400.
  • Turnover Die Trick in the October 1944, Hugard's Magic Monthly
  • A Stamp Collector's Nightmare - Hugard's Magic Monthly, Vol 3 No 5 Oct 1945
  • The Smoking Multiplying Pipes in Hugard's Magic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 1, June 1954, p. 145
  • Harlequinade in M-U-M, vol. 41, no. 10, march 1952, reprint in Magic from M-U-M compiled by Milbourne Christopher (1954)
  • Waller Silk Penetration Climax in MUM Feb 1955
  • A New Cigarette Move in Hugard's Magic Monthly - August, 1958
  • Life Saver Combination in M—U—M, Vol. 52, No. 1, June 1962, p. 35
  • Card Case Levitation in M-U-M, Vol. 58, no. 8, january 1969, p. 33
  • Arnold Belais' Long Shot Card Trick, MUM June 1971
  • Super Market Magic, MUM July 1973


  1. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, March, 1936
  2. Obit MUM April 1973
  3. MUM membership list AUGUST, 1944
  4. Sphinx November 1933
  5. cover American Magician August 1910