Jim Steinmeyer (born 1 November 1958) is an internationally respected designer of magical illusions and theatrical special effects. His best known illusions include Origami, Interlude, and Walking Through a Mirror. He is also an author, consultant and producer.
As a researcher of magic history and a designer of special effects for the theatre, Steinmeyer's work has been featured in theatrical shows such as Beauty and the Beast, Into the Woods, Mary Poppins and Phantom of the Opera. He has also worked as a producer and magic consultant for many magic television shows, and as a consultant and concept designer for Walt Disney Imagineering, where he developed theme park attractions for The Walt Disney Company. For a number of years, he was the magic designer to Doug Henning, and invented illusions for Henning's television specials and two Broadway shows. For David Copperfield, Steinmeyer created the illusion of the Vanishing Statue of Liberty, which was featured on a television special. His magical creations have also been widely viewed through the performances of The Pendragons, Simon Drake, Lance Burton, Ricky Jay, Jason Bishop, and many others. He was the writer and producer of the A&E Network's The Story of Magic, a documentary on the history of magicians.
Steinmeyer lectures on magic and creating other theatrical effects at a variety of places including The Magic Castle, The Magic Circle in London, F.I.S.M. (the international association of magicians), and TED (1998) Conference in Monterey, California. 
The Academy of Magical Arts (aka. The Magic Castle) has awarded him twice with The Creative Fellowship in 1991 and The Literary Fellowship Award in 2002.
Jim Steinmeyer currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles, California.
He has written many books on magic's history and technical books on techniques of illusions. Recent works include:
- The Complete Jarrett, Hahne (2001) ASIN: B0014JAOXO
- Jim Steinmeyer's Impuzzibilities Strangely Self-Working Conjuring, Hahne (2002) ASIN: B000HAUEH2
- Hiding the Elephant - How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear, Carroll & Graf (2004) ISBN 0-7867-1401-8
- The Glorious Deception: The Double Life of William Robinson, Aka Chung Ling Soo, the "Marvelous Chinese Conjurer" Carroll & Graf Publishers (2005), ISBN 0-7867-1512-X
- The Magic of Alan Wakeling: The Works of a Master Magician, Carroll & Graf (Nov 2006), ISBN 0-7867-1807-2
- Art and Artifice: And Other Essays of Illusion,Carroll & Graf (Nov 2006), ISBN 0-7867-1806-4
- Charles Fort: The Man Who Invented the Supernatural, Heinemann (May 2008), ISBN 0-434-01629-2
- The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston Versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, a member of Penguin Group. 2011. ISBN 978-1-58542-845-8. OCLC 646111788.
- Hologram Illusion, Issued March 1, 1994, US Patent No. 5,291,297.
- Origami Illusion, Issued March 29, 1994, US Patent No. D345,595.
- "Jim Steinmeyer" at the Internet Movie Database
- "Designer and inventor of illusions and theatrical special effects for magicians and Broadway shows". Jim Stienmeyer. Retrieved 2007-04-17.
- T. A. Walters, "Jim Steinmeyer: Deviser of Illusions", MAGIC Magazine, September 1996
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