Eddie Joseph

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Eddie Joseph (1899 - 1974) was born in Calcutta, India, of European parents. He lived most of his life in India. Later he moved to England, working for Max Andrews.
Eddie Joseph
BornEddie Joseph
December 03, 1899
Calcutta, India
DiedJune 01, 1974 (age 74)

Eddie Joseps interest in magic was aroused at an early age. However, this interest was brought to a white heat at the age of twelve after viewing his first big mystery show, that of Nicola.

At eighteen, he became a semi- or part-time professional and remained so until 1945 when he became a full-time professional performer, teacher and writer on things magical. He also conducted a School of Magic in Bombay. He had the honor to be chosen to appear in the big Silver Jubillee Show for his late Majesty, King George V. He was also the first magician to do magic over the radio in India, 1933. He has made over 30 broadcasts from the All India Radio stations in Calcutta, Bombay and Lucknow.

Working under the name Eddie Jason, he played exclusive club and party dates in and around Calcutta and Bombay. He had worked out an act in which he used no apparatus except ordinary and borrowed objects. He also did a miraculous mental act assisted by his wife, Sarah. This two person act was recognized as one of the fastest ever seen.

For many years, Eddie was the Indian Representative of the I.B.M. and he was active in the Society of Indian Magicians. During World War II, Eddie was summoned to Headquarters and drafted to do a turn in a mammoth revue for the entertainment of British and American servicemen. He and his wife traveled all over India for the balance of the war.

It's been said that he tried to invent one new trick every day. He wrote over 70 books and pamphlets and contributed many articles to Genii and The New Tops.

Eddie Joseph's first contribution to The Linking Ring was in the September, 1927 issue.

The IBM Ring in Bombay, India is known as the Eddie Joseph Ring.

Eddie Joseph passed away in England in June, 1974.[1]

Books

References

  1. The Linking Ring, Vol. 64, EDDIE JOSEPH MEMORIAL, edited by PHIL W1LLMARTH, September, 1984 - p.71
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