Arthur Stanley Jefferson (16 June 1890 – 23 February 1965), better known as Stan Laurel, was an English comic actor, writer and film director, famous as the first half of the comedy double-act Laurel and Hardy. His career stretched from the silent films of the early 20th century until after World War II.
Laurel performed in a magic act called "Martini & Maxmillian" before he joined Hardy. The act went back to circa 1903 but Laurel was only in it for a short while around 1918. He was Maxmillian.
In his 2008 book, Cocktail Card Magic, Bill Abbott reveals a discovery he made "while screening a short film entitled Oliver The Eighth, starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, released on January 13, 1934... [in a scene] involving the butler Jitters... an invisible deck of cards is used. During this sequence the basic Invisible Deck handling attributed to Fields is showcased including many of the gags and bits of business popularized by Don Alan."
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