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J. Marberger Stuart

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J. Marberger Stuart
BornJohn Marberger Stuart
April 03, 1927
New York City
DiedJanuary 2, 1993 (age 65)
Manhasset, Nassau, New York

J. Marberger Stuart (1927-1993), a semi-professional magician, was a senior partner in a large New York law firm working as John M. Stuart.


With help from his amateur magician father, Stuart won his first prize as a magician in an amateur contest at the age of nine. Later most of his prize-winning mysteries are designed by his artist wife, Marjorie.

In 1969, the Stuarts presented in New York a full evening magic show with a murder mystery plot. They also wrote a novel which was gimmicked in several was as a Forcing Book, "You don't have to slay a dragon" (1975).

A life members of the S.A.M., he was on the chair of the judges for the Milbourne Christopher awards by the S.A.M. He has also served as a judge at F.I.S.M.

The Stuarts founded the Dragon Award, which is presented at International Brotherhood of Magicians Conventions, to encourage the greater use of dramatics in magic. [1] [2] [3]

He was elected into the S.A.M. Hall of Fame.


  1. Cover, M-U-M, Vol. 82, No. 8, January 1993, J. Marberger Stuart and Marjorie L. Stuart, by Edward A. Schuman, page 16
  2. The Linking Ring, Vol. 73, No. 2, February 1993, Broken Wand, J. Marberger Stuart Taken Suddenly, page 103