I regularly perform a piece originated by Cy Endfield in my strolling work. This appears in Cy Endfield's Entertaining Card Magic by Lewis Ganson (originally published in three volumes then collected in one hardbound volume by Supreme Magic). This volume(s) seems to be virtually unnoticed by magicians, yet contains very direct, commercial material.
Born Cyril Raker Endfield on November 10, 1914 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Endfield was a one-time professional magician who developed a career as a writer in the American motion picture industry. As a result of being blacklisted in the 1950s as a result of his name being brought up by the House Un-American Activities Committee, Endfield moved his family to England where he wrote several screenplays (almost never under his own name) and directed a few films, including Zulu.
He was friends with and even instructed Orson Welles in magic.
He died April 16, 1995 in Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, England.