Alex Elmsley

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Alex Elmsley

Cover of Genii (1996)
BornAlexander Edward Darby Elmsley
March 02, 1929
St. Andrews, Scotland
DiedJanuary 08, 2006 (age 76)
Resting placePutney Vale Cemetery and Crematorium, Wimbledon

Alex Elmsley (March 2, 1929 – January 8, 2006) was notable for his card sleight, the Ghost Count, which later became known as the Elmsley Count.



Elmsley began practicing magic in 1946, as a teenager. He studied physics and mathematics at Cambridge University; while there he was also secretary of the Pentacle Club.[1]

He was employed as a patent agent and later computer expert, but his true love was card and close-up magic.

He created a number of classic sleights and effects, including the Ghost Count, Between Your Palms, Point Of Departure and Diamond Cut Diamond. See also The Mathematics of the Weave Shuffle (Faro Shuffle) in The Pentagram, Vol. 11, No. 9-10-11 of June, July, August 1957.[2][3]



  • Low Cunning lecture notes (1957).
  • Low Cunning lecture notes for US (1959).
  • Cardwork lecture notes (1975)
  • 4 Card Trick (1967)
  • The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley (vol. 1 1991, vol. 2 1994) written by Stephen Minch.
  • Alex Is As It Again (Lecture Notes) 1997


  2. Cover Genii 1996 October
  3. Obit Genii 2006 March
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