Cover of Genii (1945)
|Known for||mentalism and exposing fortune tellers|
Sam Grossman (fl. 1930s) performed mentalism and mindreading at private parties, clubs, and at homes of the elite, as a professional entertainer.
Interested in magic since 1917, Grossman determined to be a mentalist after witnessing a performance by Dunninger at the old Palace Theatre in Times Square in 1926.
He collected over 2,500 volumes on magic and occult sciences on superstitions for a book he was writing.
As a kid growing up in New York's East Side, he was always interested in fortunetellers. But as he grew up, he believed it should only be done for entertainment purposes. He then started exposing fortunetellers to the public whenever possible. This exposure, however, did cause concern to fellow magicians. In the July 1938 issue of the Sphinx, the editor chastised him for an expose which appeared in one of the large Sunday papers on June 5th.
Then in 1939, in the Linking Ring for September he was blamed for ruining the effect still being used by some magicians for his exposure of the 'Spirit Pictures' in that month's issue of Popular Science Magazine.