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Joseph Dunninger

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Joseph Dunninger (April 28, 1892- March 9, 1975) was born in New York, New York, known as "The Amazing Dunninger" was one of the most famous mentalists of his time. He was a pioneer performer of magic on radio and television.

Joseph Dunninger
BornJoseph Dunninger
April 28, 1892
USA
DiedMarch 09, 1956 (age 63)
CategoriesBooks by Joseph Dunninger

Dunninger began as a magician then later perfected the mind-reading act that made him famous. Among the people Dunninger preformed for were six Presidents, Thomas Edison and Pope Pius XII. Like his friend Houdini, Dunninger was a debunker of occult phenomena who modestly assessed his own skills as "Any three-year-old could do it .... with 30 years practice."

Joseph Dunninger died of Parkinson's disease in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.

Awards and honors

Quotes

  • "For those who believe, no explanation is necessary; for those who do not believe, no explanation will suffice."

Radio

Dunninger performed his mentalism on the radio in 1929 and from 1943-1944.

TV

  • The Dunninger Show on NBC.
  • The Amazing Dunninger on ABC (May 9 - October 10, 1956)

His act consisted of reading the thoughts of audience members and visiting special guests.

  • Dunninger's final series of programs for ABC-TV, recorded in 1971, were never broadcast. By that time he was suffering from Parkinson's disease and could not summon up the strength of presentation he'd previously displayed.

Books (by or about)

  • Dunninger's Tricks De Luxe (1918)
  • Dunninger's Tricks Unique (1918)
  • Dunninger's Master Methods of Hypnotism (1923)
  • Popular Magic (1926)
  • Universal Second Sight Mysteries (1927)
  • Houdini's Spirit Exposes and Dunninger's Psychical Investigations (1928)
  • Popular Magic Vol. II (1929)
  • Popular Magic and Card Tricks (1929)
  • Inside the Medium's Cabinet (1935)
  • How to Make a Ghost Walk (1936)
  • What's On Your Mind (1944)
  • 100 Houdini Tricks You Can Do (1954)
  • The Art of Thought Reading (1956)
  • Magic and Mystery: The Incredible Psychic Investigations of Houdini and Dunninger (1967)
  • Dunninger's Complete Encyclopedia of Magic (1967)
  • Dunninger's Secrets as told to Walter Gibson (1974)
  • Dunninger's Monument to Magic (1974)
  • Dunninger's Book of Magic (1979)

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