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Paul Curry

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Paul Curry
BornPaul Jerome Curry
August 19, 1917
DiedFebruary 19, 1986 (age 68)
Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, Patchogue, Long Island, N.Y.
CategoriesBooks by Paul Curry

Paul Curry (1917-1986) was the vice-president of the Blue Cross Insurance Company of New York, and an amateur magician who became well-known in the magic community for inventing highly-original card magic. [1][2][3]


Many magicians have performed illusions and effects created by Paul. Doug Henning used Curry's "The Sliding Knot" in one of his TV specials. Curry's most famous creation is Out of This World, which he created in 1942, at the age of 25. Curry is the author of a number of books and manuscripts dealing with his many original magical creations.


  • On March 12, 1977, the Academy of Magical Arts at The Magic Castle awarded Paul Curry a "Creative Fellowship" award.

Marketed Tricks

  • Touch (1937)
  • Stamp It (1939)
  • Out of this World (1942)
  • Sealed Miracles No. 2: Probability Zero (1945)
  • Sealed Miracles No. 1: Color Changing Deck (1945)
  • Sealed Miracles No. 3: Think of a Card (1945)
  • Sealed Miracles No; 4: Follow-Up (1945)
  • The Power of Thought (1947)
  • Never in a Lifetime (1976)
  • Spaced Out (1978)
  • Sure Thing (1978)
  • Simply Miraculous (with Terry Morgan - 1978)
  • The Sliding Knot and Restoration Supreme (1979)



  1. Genii 1986 April, Vol. 49, No. 10, Obituary - Paul Curry, page 677
  2. The Linking Ring, Vol. 66, No. 6, June 1986, Paul Curry Remembered, page 113
  3. Magie (Magischer Zirkel v. Deutschland), Vol. 66, No. 12, Dezember 1986, Nachruf auf Paul Curry, page 374
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  • Paul Curry’s World Beyond (2001), In the Times of Paul Curry, page IX, Itinerary, page XV