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G. W. Hunter

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G. W. Hunter
BornGeorge Walter Hunter
May 16, 1850
DiedMay 17, 1936 (age 86)
London, England

G. W. Hunter (May 16, 1850 - May 17, 1936), born George Walter Hunter, was a British comedian/singer also noted for his close-up magic and inventions. He was known the "Father of Pocket Tricks".


Hunter came to the United States when he was 21, moving back to England in 1880.

Hunter's wife, Aimee Desiree (also known as Mystia) was a professional conjurer in the 1890s.

He created the Hunter Knot, Acrobatic Matchbox, Dual Control gimmick, the Red Snapper, G.W. Hunter False Shuffle and G. W. Hunter's Cigar Production.

A talented magician, Max Holden said that he was one of the first magicians to master The Expert at the Card Table[1].

Hunter contributed to most of the magic magazine of his time and Will Goldston published many of Hunter's ideas in his books.


"Mystia" or "The World or Magic", which was written in the 1890s, is to be included in "The Davenport Story" Volume Two, The Lost Legends (2010).


  1. The Linking Ring (Jan 1933) v12 issue11 p924