Eddie Joseph (1899-1974) was a full-time professional performer, teacher and writer on things magical. Working under the name Eddie Jason, he played exclusive club and party dates in and around Calcutta and Bombay. He also conducted the School of Magic in Bombay.
December 03, 1899
|Died||June 01, 1974 (age 74) |
He was born in Calcutta, India, of European parents and lived most of his life in India. Later he moved to England, working for Max Andrews.
His interest in magic was aroused at an early age and at the age of twelve he saw his first big mystery show, Nicola.
At eighteen, he became a part-time professional and remained so until 1945 when he became a full-time professional performer, teacher and writer. He was chosen to appear in the Silver Jubillee Show for King George V. He was also the first magician to do magic over the radio in India in 1933, making over 30 broadcasts from the All India Radio stations in Calcutta, Bombay and Lucknow. He had worked out an act in which he used no apparatus except ordinary and borrowed objects. He also did a mental act assisted by his wife, Sarah.
For many years, Joseph was the Indian Representative of the I.B.M. and he was active in the Society of Indian Magicians. During World War II, he was drafted to do a turn in a 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. 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 of 1974.
- A Practical Lesson in Cups and Balls (1936)
- Advanced Lessons in Cups and Balls (1938)
- Strictly Magic (1939)
- How to Pick Pockets (1940)
- Magic and Mysteries of India (1941)
- Last Word On Cups and Balls (1942)
- Coin and Money Magic (1942)
- Come, Good Spirits (1948)
- My Favorite Routine with Cups and Balls (1949)
- The Art of Body Loading and Productions (1950)
- Card Bonanza (1950)
- Dumbfounders with Cards (1950)
- More Dumbfounders with Cards (1951)
- The Hindu Cups (1956)
- The Manual of the 3 Shell Game (1959)
- The Art of Eddie Joseph (1969)
- Eddie Joseph on Cups and Balls (1984)
- Joseph's The Complete Dumbfounders (2004) by Paul Gordon & Natzler Enterprises
- ↑ The Linking Ring, Vol. 64, EDDIE JOSEPH MEMORIAL, edited by PHIL WILLMARTH, September, 1984 - p.71