Jack Sutherland

Burt Easley/Danny Dew Ring


Jack became interested in magic at age 12 and joined the Rabbits In Our Hat club, sponsored by Don Seth. As his knowledge of magic grew he developed a special routine for “Zombie.”

Classical piano became a second passion for Jack and he had seriously considered a career as a concert pianist. He later taught music at Camelback Desert School and Arizona State University. He also gave private instruction. He played daily on his grand piano, his pride and joy

Jack and Lee Earle became friends with Harry Anderson who used to come through town, at the time on the Greyhound bus. Jack’s friendship with Harry was special.

“Magic of the Southwest” was the title of the lecture he presented across the country. Many Ring and Assembly reports applauded his lecture.

Jack performed frequently on local television and offered a full evening show for schools, colleges, civic organizations and trade shows.

Meantime the “Sutherland School of Magic” got underway and IBM Ring 55 met at his home.

Sun Magic was opened about 1980 with Jack as proprietor. Previously Jack was manager and buyer for Bert Easley’s Magic and Fun Shop. Upon Jack’s death at age 48 Sun Magic was owned by local magicians and eventually it was closed.

This is a direct quote from the book “Card Tricks French Style” by Jean Fare:


Here is a wonderful card trick which is an extension of Marlo’s Topsy Turvy Aces Control that you can find in his book: Patented Shuffle, page 134.

After a session with Ed Mario in Chicago around the end of 1974, I got the idea to do this trick with a selected card. I worked on the problem very late at night and found a solution which I showed to Barry Price who liked it very much. He and Jack Sutherland from Phoenix cleaned up my handling of the climax by eliminating two shuffles. And that is the story of Topsy Turvy Plus One.”