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Jay Ose

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Jay Ose

Cover of Genii (March 1963)
BornJaven Alvin Ose
November 6, 1911
Echo, Minneapolis, Minnesota
DiedNovember 5, 1967 (age 55)
Hollywood, Los Angeles

Jay Ose (b.1911-d.1967) was a close-up performer who worked nightclubs and became one of the first resident magicians at the Magic Castle.[1]


In the early days at the Castle, Jay made a point of remembering everybody's name, along with the names of their wives, children, dogs and cats. Months after meeting them, and sometimes years, he'd call the person by name.[2]

He was technical adviser on many films including the Cincinnati Kid and Flim-Flam Man. Jay died just two months after The Flim-Flam Man was released.


  1. Genii Magazine, Vol. 32, No. 3, November 1967, Jay Ose, Born November 6, 1911 - Died November 5, 1967, Tribute by Lou Derman, page 119
  2. Cover, Genii Magazine, Vol. 27, No. 11, March 1963, Our Cover, Jay Ose, by WWL (Jr.), page 284