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Cushing Strout

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Cushing Strout
BornSewall Cushing Strout Jr.
April 4, 1923
Portland, ME
DiedNovember 21, 2013 (age 90)
Ithaca, NY
CategoriesBooks by Cushing Strout
Professor Cushing Strout (1923-2013) has a Ph.D. from Harvard University in American Studies and had an endowed chair in that field at Cornell University until 1989 when he retired.


He became interested in magic as a boy when he saw Harry Blackstone Sr.. After an apprenticeship to Ernest A. Carter, he was for a time in his youth a semi-professional at clubs, hotels, occasionally for the USO during WWII A devotee of the card magic of Dai Vernon and Stewart James. Strout later focused on the narrative trick and has said, "In some cases the plots in this book are based on famous stories, such as those by Conan Doyle and Lewis Carroll, which have seldom been used by magicians"[1]

In 2005, his first book of card magic was released by the Toronto publishing house, I Saw That!, a collection of tricks called On the Other Side of the Mirror.


Non magic works

  • The Pragmatic Revolt in American History: Carl Becker and Charles Beard (1959)
  • The American Image of the Old World (1963)
  • Hawthorne in England: Selections from "Our Old Home" and "The English Note-Books" (1965)
  • Conscience, Science & Security: The Case Of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer (1965) editor
  • Spirit of American Government by J. Allen Smith (1965) editor
  • Intellectual History in America (1968) editor, two volumes, Contemporary Essays on Puritanism, the Enlightenment & Romanticism, and From Darwin to Niebuhr
  • Divided We Stand: Reflections on the Crisis at Cornell (1970) editor with David I. Grossvogel
  • The New Heavens and New Earth: Political Religion in America (1973)
  • The Veracious Imagination: Essays on American History, Literature and Biography (1981)
  • Making American Tradition: Visions & Revisions from Ben Franklin to Alice Walker (1990)


  1. THE MAGIC CIRCULAR, Vol. 100, No. 1077, April 2006
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