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Jacob Daley

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Dr. Jacob Daley (March 26, 1897 - February 17, 1954) was a plastic surgeon and amateur magician. Born in Russia, he came to New York at the age of three. He graduated from Fordham University School of Medicine then founded the American Otolaryngologic Society for Plastic Surgery.

Jacob Daley
BornMarch 26, 1897
DiedFebruary 17, 1954 (age 56)
New York
CategoriesBooks by Jacob Daley

Several of his routines he developed were published in the Stars of Magic series. He also took the photographs for Dai Vernon's Royal Monte and Slydini's The Art of Using the Lap as a Servante.

He has a chapter on the side steal in the third edition of Expert Card Technique. Daley's favorite book was The Expert at the Card Table.

He died suddenly following a luncheon show before the Art Directors Club, in New York where he had just finished performing a version of Vernon's The Travelers and his Cavorting Aces.

During the last months of Dr. Daley's life he evolved another of his excellent card tricks, which he demonstrated for Dai Vernon. Dai Vernon included this trick in his book The Dai Vernon Book of Magic as a tribute and called it "The Last Trick of Dr. Jacob Daley" (also known as Daley's Last Trick).[1]


  • Sphinx Award in 1939.



  1. Obit Genii 1954 March