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James Carl

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James Carl
BornJames Wakefield
June of 1875
Derby, England
DiedFebruary 22, 1955 (age 79)

Professor James Carl (1875-1955) was the stage name of semi-profession magician and ventriloquist James Wakefield.


A politician (town councillor), he specialized in cigar magic.[1] During his career appeared several times at Maskelyne's Theatre and also before Royalty.

He served with the motor transport in France in the First World War and performed shows to the troops in the hospitals near the front lines. Later he did Christmas entertainment at the Derby Institute for the Deaf for fifty successive years.[2]

He was also the godfather of David Theodore Bamberg (Fu Manchu).[3]

Awards and honors

Life Membership of The Magic Circle, which he joined in 1908.


  • Practical Conjuring (1911).


  1. A rich cabinet of magical curiosities by Edwin A. Dawes (2010)
  2. Magic Circular, April, 1955
  3. Illusion Show A Life in Magic by David Bamberg (1991)