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Joseph C. Keller

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Joseph C. Keller
BornDecember 15, 1884
Dayton, Ohio
DiedSeptember 9, 1968 (age 83)
Dayton, Ohio

Joseph C. Keller (1884-1968) was a Lyceum illusionist and Chalk Talker.


Keller became interested in magic after seeing a performance of Alexander Herrmann. He started his professional career as assistant to Arthur Leroy. [1]

At the time of the 1913 flood in Dayton, he was playing the old Grand Theater. All his equipment was destroyed in the fire during the flood, and he was forced to rebuild his own illusions.

He was a member of IBM Ring 3 in Troy. Ohio.

For 36 seasons he played the part of Santa Claus at Dayton's largest department store.[2]


  1. Tricks That Mystify by Will Goldston (1934)
  2. Broken Wand, Linking Ring, October 1968