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Samuel Sterns

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Samuel Sterns
BornSamuel Frank Sterns
January 24, 1887
Manchester, England
DiedMarch 14, 1971 (age 84)
Espanola, New Mexico

Samuel Sterns (1887-1971) performed as "Sterling The Magician" and "Carl Mysto" was the father of Duke Stern.[1]


He attended his first magic performance in 1894 and was presenting his own shows by 1901 at the Manchester Boarding School. He would tour England as "Sterling the Boy Magician" from 1904 until moving to America in 1906. He also toured Scotland, Ireland and Wales doing his magic and Escape Act In America he described himself as "the undefeated Champion Lover of the Magic Art and its Exponents."

Sterns joined the I.B.M. in 1928 (member no. 2150) and many years he served as co-chair of the Sick and Convalescent Committee.

For a time he lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but later moved to White Rock, New Mexico.[2][3]


  1. Linking Ring, September 1973
  2. Conjurors and Cornfields, Magic on the Indianapolis Stage by Thomas A. Ewing (1999)
  3. Obit, New Tops, May 1971