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Jerry Andrus

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Jerry Andrus

Cover of Genii (1989)
BornGerald O. Andrus
January 28, 1918
Sheridan, Wyoming
DiedAugust 26, 2007 (age 89)
Albany, Oregon
Resting placeJefferson Cemetery, Plot 148N, Cemetery Hill Road, Jefferson, Oregon
CategoriesBooks by Jerry Andrus

Jerry Andrus (January 28, 1918 - August 26, 2007) was well known for his remarkable optical illusions, many created in his shop and home that he called the "Castle of Chaos". He published under the name J.A. Enterprises.


Andrus was born in Sheridan, Wyoming, but grew up in Albany, Oregon.

James ("The Amazing") Randi speaking
shortly after Jerry Andrus' Death

In 1954 he invented his most famous illusion, the Linking Pins.

An interesting aspect of many of his magic presentations was that Jerry would not say anything that was not true, deceiving the audience by visual means alone.[1][2][3]



  1. Cover, M-U-M, Vol. 58, No. 4, September 1958, Jerry Andrus, magician-of-the-month, by Leslie P. Guest, page 129
  2. Cover Genii 1989 October
  3. Obit Genii Magazine, Vol. 70, No. 10, October 2007, In Memoriam, Jerry Andrus 1920-2007, by Jon Racherbaumer, page 12
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  • Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 79, No. 10 October 1999, Our Cover, Jerry Andrews, A Magician of a Different Kind, by Ray Hyman, page 52
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 87, No. 10, October 2007, BROKEN WAND, Jerry Andrus, page 128
  • M-U-M, Vol. 97, No. 5, October 2007, Broken Wand, Jerry Andrus, page 26, Jerry Andrus, by Jon Racherbaumer, page 66
  • M-U-M, Vol. 97, No. 6, November 2007, Andrus Memorial, page 22
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 91, No. 5, May 2011, I.B.M. Youth Trivia Contest – Jerry Andrus, page 25