Stanley Collins - Conjurer, Collector & Iconoclast
Edwin Dawes
Kaufman and Company (2002)
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Edwin Dawes: Stanley Collins
©2002 Kaufman and Company
Hardcover, 352 pages

Stanley Collins - Conjurer, Collector & Iconoclast

In Stanley Collins-Conjurer, Collector and Iconoclast, master historian and author Edwin A. Dawes leads you through the life of happiness and heartbreak of this brilliant magician and collector.

A great character of British magic during the first half of the 20th century, Stanley Collins was unique in that his tremendous conjuring skills were allied to high intelligence, musical talent and rapier-like wit.

Moreover, in his own elegant style, Collins made important and long-lasting contributions to the literature of conjuring and provided interesting, amusing and frequently hostile views concerning figures and institutions of the magical establishment. He personally knew many of the "greats" of this period, and his views of them make fascinationg reading. In particular, Stanley Collins' conjuring with cards is acknowledged to have been well ahead of his time by some of today's expert cardicians. His "The Collins Aces" routine is still being performed by today's top cardmen.

Each volume also contains two never-before-published books by Collins: Wizardry on a Winter Evening (17 pages) and his final opus Gems of Personal Prestidigation (78 pages) which contains his ultimate version of "The Collins Aces." Also included with each copy is a CD-Rom with a 1922 Pathe Pictorial film of Collins performing flourishes.

Pages 352 - Hard Bound

Product Details
LoC Classification GV1547.C628
Extras Dust Jacket
No. of Pages 352
First Edition Yes
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf E
Condition Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Notes
Stanley Collins

Born:
Stanley Martin Collins
August 31, 1881
Rotherhithe London, England

Died:
May 22, 1966 (age 84)
St. Leonards-on-Sea, England

Stanley Collins (1881-1966) invented many magic effects based on mechanical and hydraulic principles.
Inspired by the magic performances of Chung Ling Soo, in 1905 he began to perform as "Loo Sing." Collins went on to become a highly successful society conjurer. His greatest claim to fame may be as a collector of rare and antique magic books. In particular, Stanley Collins' conjuring with cards is acknowledged to have been well ahead of his time. His "Collins' Aces" routine is still being performed by some today.
He is credited with inventing the Jumping Rubber Band in 1911.[1] Stanley wrote a section in J. B. Bobo's Modern Coin Magic and numerous articles for The Sphinx, The Jinx, Hugard's Magic Monthly, Pentagram, and The Linking Ring.

Books
Original Magical Creations (1915)
Deceptive Conceptions in Magic (1920)
Collins' Card Conceits (1925) - reprinted in 2007 by Natzler Enterprises & Paul Gordon
A Conjuring Melange (1947)
Stanley Collins: Conjurer Collector and Iconoclast by Edwin Dawes (2002). (This book also includes CD-ROM of Collins performing a few brief card flourishes.) [2]

References
1.? The Magician Monthly, Vol. 8, No. 1, December, 1911
2.? M-U-M, Vol. 93. No. 2, July 2003, From Our Point of View, page 49
The Linking Ring, Vol. 31, No. 3, May 1951, the Stanley Collins COLLECTED PARADE by Eddie Clever, page 51
54 – THE WORLD'S FAIR, SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 1966, ...About MAGICIANS by BAYARD GRIMSHAW
Goodliffe's Abracadabra, Vol. 41, No. 1062, June 1966, STANLEY MARTIN COLLINS, page 339
The Linking Ring, Vol. 46, No. 7, July 1966, Broken Wand STANLEY COLLINS, page 97
The Magic Circular, Vol. 79, No. 855, May 1985, A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities by EDWIN A. DAWES, 113. STANLEY COLLINS – ON HIS MAJESTY'S SERVICE, page 326

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Collins, Stanley
(1881-1966 )

Collins was born in London. Affected by the magic performances of Chung Ling Soo , in 1905 he began to perform as "Loo Sing." Collins invented many magic effects, largely based on mechanical and hydraulic principles. Credited with inventing the Jumping Rubber Bands in 1911. He wrote various books: Original Magical Creations (1915), Deceptive Conceptions in Magic (1920), Collin's Card Conceits (1925), A Conjuring Mélange. He also wrote numerous articles in The Sphinx, The Jinx, Hugard's Magic Monthly, Pentagram, and The Linking Ring.