|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.
- 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.) 
- ↑ The Magician Monthly, Vol. 8, No. 1, December, 1911
- ↑ 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