Professor James Carl (1875-1955) was the stage name of semi-profession magician and ventriloquist James Wakefield.
A politician (town councillor), he specialized in cigar magic. During his career appeared several times at Maskelyne’s Theatre and also before Royalty.
He served with the motor transport in France in the First World War and performed shows to the troops in the hospitals near the front lines. Later he did Christmas entertainment at the Derby Institute for the Deaf for fifty successive years.