Salon de Magie

The Story Behind



There are two editions available to close-up magicians, mentalists, historians, collectors, or those who like an intriguing story about a fascinating character. Although each book has the identical text and medley of 70 of Jak’s tricks, each cover has its own design.


The book of 296 pages is bound in a dark red cloth matching the leather of Dr. Jaks’s original book, matching headbands and footbands, with gold titles on the spine and the front cover, and a dust jacket that is translucent Mylar.


This copy is printed the same as the other, but is bound in dark red bonded leather with a sensuous texture to it, and includes a full-color photo section of the 22 props from the original Book of Mysteries.

     The front cover is stamped to match the Jaks book with gold titles and decoration, and the top edges of the pages are of burnished gold. There are endbands at the head and foot of the spine, a special bookmark and a Dr. Jaks bookplate are enclosed, and a colophon is tipped-in with signatures of both Ken Klosterman and Leo Behnke. Each copy is numbered as one of fifty copies, and it is enclosed in a red cloth-bound slipcase.

     After 28 years, the Dr. Jaks book is finally available so all members of the magic arts can read about, and appreciate, what the man did for our profession. He changed and paved the way for future practitioners of those two arts to be considered artists and to earn larger fees. Those two fields of conjuring are the artistic presentation of close-up and the legitimate presentation of mentalism.

     Thank you, Dr. Stanley Jaks...

Ken Klosterman