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Dr. Stanley Jaks (b.1903-d.1960) performed close-up magic as "Jack Stanley" for international figures such as the King of Yugoslavia and then as "Dr. Jaks" when he came to America.


Born in Germany but grew up in Switzerland, Jaks saw Okito at the age of 15 which sparked his fascination with magic. He went to school to become an illustrator, before deciding to try his luck performing magic for a living. In his early 1930s, he performed with a partner, Jolowitz, in a comedy magic act billed as Jax and Jax.

In 1934, still living in Switzerland , he was performing his close-up magic as "Jack Stanley" for international figures such as the King of Yugoslavia.

For many years Jaks corresponded with Ted Annemann, sending him material for his magazine The Jinx. Ted added the "Doctor" to his name and printed the effects under the name "Dr. Jaks." When Jaks came to America, his agent suggested he be booked under that name.

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