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Neal Elias

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Neal Elias
BornNeal Charles Elias
March 06, 1921
Cleveland Ohio
DiedSeptember 21, 2005 (age 84)
Cuyahoga County, Ohio
CategoriesBooks by Neal Elias

Neal Elias (b.1921-d.2005) was an amateur magician and origami master.


He worked most of his life for the North Western Railroad as an office clerk and supervisor in the payroll department. He met his wife Betty, the only daughter of a magic shop proprietor, through his frequent visits to the shop.

For years Neal carried on a three way correspondence with Ed Marlo and Lin Searles. Each would write a letter to one of the others to pose problems or answer them.

Origami had come to Neal’s attention in 1951 via one of Houdini’s books on magic Houdini's Paper Magic (1922).[1]

Books and contributions

  • Neal Elias Multiple Shift in The Multiple Shift by Ed Marlo (1961)
  • Neal Elias Flourish one-handed Cut
  • Neal Elias Jumping Card
  • Neal Elias' New Card Controls- a magic booklet published by Karl Fulves and illustrated by Schmidt. (2001)


  1. Tribute page
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 34, No. 1, March 1954, NEAL ELIAS, page 52
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 42, No. 4, Hocus Pocus Parade, by Bill Weldon - NEAL ELIAS, page 60
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 85, No. 11, November 2005, Obit NEAL C. ELIAS, page 135