The Essential Stewart James


Canadian Stewart James was the most prolific inventor of magic in the twentieth century. His prodigious output has been recorded in two mammoth publications totally over 2,700 pages. James’ vast body of work has now been distilled to fifty of his “greatest tricks”—The Essential Stewart James

Allan Slaight, co-editor of Stewart James In Print and author of The James File, asked dozens of Stewart James’ aficionados including Max Maven, Michael Weber, Bob Farmer, Stephen Minch, Bill Goodwin, Gordon Bean, David Ben, Roy Walton, Charles Reynolds, Gabe Fajuri, Steve Beam, and Peter Duffie, among others, to whittle over one thousand of James’ creations down to their fifty favourite.

This book is for those who own the earlier Stewart James tomes (Stewart James In Print: The First Fifty Years and The James File), but are intimated by the size and scope of the material, this book is for you! The Essential Stewart James serves as a tourist guide through the land of James.

It is for those who are encountering this wily Canadian wizard for the first time, this book serves as a primer to the brilliance of the man, his methods and his magic.

By Stewart James. Edited by Allan Slaight. Black and white, hardbound volume, 8.75” x 11” (22 x 20 cm), 2 lbs (0.8 kg), with line art illustrations. 199 pages.


For Canada and the USA, $45 USD post paid. Canadian residents subject to HST. International orders are $55 USD shipped air mail, postage paid.


Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication

The essential Stewart James / created by Stewart James ; edited by Allan Slaight ; illustrated by Joseph Schmidt.

ISBN 978-0-9780675-2-6

1. Magic tricks. 2. James, Stewart. 3. Magicians–Canada–Biography. I. Slaight, Allan II. Title.

GV1547.J35 2007 793.8 C2007-904080-2