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J. Russell Duck

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J. Russell Duck
BornJohn Russell Duck
August 19, 1909
Moshannon, Pennsylvania
DiedMay 24, 1959 (age 49)
Philipsburg, Pennsylvania

J. Russell Duck (1909-1959), known professionally as "Rusduck", was a police chief in Pennsylvania.


He was active in the IBM and the Magicops.

In February, 1957, Mr. Duck founded the magazine The Cardiste, devoted entirely to card tricks. He continued the magazine until illness prevented him from working. He succumbed to cancer in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania. The periodical “The Cardiste” run from February 1957 until August 1958 for a total of 11 issues. The 12th issue was published posthumously after Rusduck's death in Ibidem magazine.

He is noted for his work on Card Stacks and invented the Stay-Stack.


The Cardiste [1] [2]


  1. Magical Bookie, No. 32, October 1969, The Cardiste, page 3
  2. Genii, Vol. 69, No. 9, September 2006, Books Reviewed by Jamy Ian Swiss, The Cardiste – J. Russell Duck, page 100
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 30, No. 11, January 1951, Magicops on Parade, by Eddie Clever - J. Russell Duck, page 65
  • Goodliffe's Abracadabra, Vol. 27, No. 700, June 1959, Obituary, J. Russell Duck, page 97
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 39, No. 6, August 1959, Broken Wand, J. Russell Duck, page 97
  • Genii Magazine, Vol. 30, No. 6, February 1966, Russduck, by Harry G. Frank, page 234