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Joseph Irving

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Joseph Irving
BornJoseph Eugene Irving
March 6, 1883
New York
DiedSeptember 1, 1971 (age 88)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Joseph Irving (1883-1971), after starting his stage career at age 12, performed as a juggler, strongman and magician for 76 years.


In 1904, he was in the act with Anna Spillman known as "Irving and Spillman", who would later become his wife.[1]

He had been a member of the IBM starting in 1939 (No. 6528) and performed school shows in Chicago for many years, then later in Oklahoma after moving there around 1960.[2] He served as president of the IBM Ring No. 46, in Oklahoma City.

Assisted by his wife, even with advancing years, he carried large equipment, stage settings and many props.

A photo of the Irvings can be seen on the Conjuring Arts' exhibit, "The Many Faces of Magic."[3]


  1. Joe Irving, Magician Interviewed by John Braun, Linking Ring, January 1943
  2. Broken Wand, Linking Ring, November 1971