Well, until someone objects.....
Film director and cardman Cy Endfield passed away on April 16  at his home in England, at the age of 80. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he studied at Yale and then worked with the New Theater League in New York. From there he moved to Montreal, and then Hollywood, where an encounter with Orson Welles at a local magic shop led to work as an assistant with Welles' famous Mercury Theater group. After serving in the army during World War II he began directing short subjects for MGM, moving up to features with Gentleman Joe Palooka in 1946.
He continued directing feature films, but his American career was cut short in 1951, when his political activities during his college years caused him to be blacklisted during the repugnant McCarthy era. As a result, he relocated to England, and remained based there for the rest of his life. He resumed his directing work, at first using a pseudonym, and helmed many movies, including Zulu and Mysterious Island. His work was the subject of a tribute at the Telluride Film Festival in 1992, which occasioned his last visit to the country of his birth.
His creativity extended to other areas: in 1972 he designed a limited edition chess set using precious metals, to commemorate the Spassky-Fischer championship match. To magicians he is best known for a book trilogy, Cy Endfield's Entertaining Card Magic, written by Lewis Ganson and published by Harry Stanley's Unique Studio in London starting in 1955. His work can also be found in such magic magazines as the Phoenix and the Gen. During the early 1980s he published an unusual "coded alphabet" in Pabular, the close-up journal edited by Fred Robinson. In fact, this was a system for a one-handed computer keyboard that Endfield had invented, and he used his friend's magazine as a means for establishing the system in print. Pabular readers were somewhat perplexed!
He is survived by his wife, Maureen, and two daughters.