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James Steranko (November 5, 1938) was born in Reading, Pennsylvania. He is an amateur magician, graphic artist, comic book writer-artist-historian, publisher, and film production illustrator. For the movie industry, Steranko produced a number of posters for various films, and was the conceptual artist on Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark, designing both the look of the film and the character of Indiana Jones.
He learned stage magic using paraphernalia from his father's stage act, and in his teens spent several summers with circuses and carnivals, working his way up to sideshow performer as a fire-eater and in acts involving a bed of nails and sleight-of-hand.
Up through his early 20s, Steranko performed as an illusionist, escape artist, close-up magician in nightclubs, and musician.
He contributed articles on card magic and escapes to Genii magazine. He was on the cover of Genii November, 1962 which he contributed all the magic for the issue that month.
He was editor and publisher of "Prevue", a magazine covering all aspects of the visual media.