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Julien Proskauer

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Julien Proskauer

Cover of Genii (1940)
BornJune 14, 1893
New York City
DiedDecember 18, 1958 (age 65)
New York City
Resting placeTemple Israel Cemetery

Julien J. Proskauer (1893-1958), an amateur magician and author was a head of a publishing firm. [1] He served as President of the Society of American Magicians 1935-1936.


Proskauer became interested in magic since age of ten and contributor to many magazines and journals. His book "How'd ja do that ?" has been widely translated and was the subject of a motion picture. [2]

Julien studied photography earlier in his career and won a number of photographic competitions. He also early on was a city editor and photographic journalist for the Canton Daily News, Ohio, before he returned to his home, New York City and joined his father's printing and publishing company William C. Popper,and continued running it after his father's death.

In 1939 he wrote the introduction to Jean Hugard's "Modern Magic Manual." He was a close friend of the Theodore Hardeen.[3]

He was a stockholder of The Sphinx, served as National President of the Society of American Magicians (1935-1936) and published Conjurors' Magazine from 1945 to 1947.

Proskauer was a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians; International Magic Circle; Magicians' Club of London; Syndicat International Des Artistes Prestidigitateurs of Paris; American Society for Psychical Research.


  • Road to Better Pictures (1919)
  • Spook Crooks! (1932)
  • What'll You Have 1933
  • How'd ja do That? (1934)
  • Suckers All! (1934)
  • Fun at Cocktail Time (1938)
  • Introduction to Modern Magic Manual by Jean Hugard (1939)
  • Puzzles For Everyone 1944
  • The Dead Do Not Talk (1946)
  • Small Arms Shooting
  • Photographic Roguery
  • Radio Revelery
  • Stories in Detective Fiction Weekly 1931-1934


Conjurors' Magazine (1945-1947)


  1. Broken Wand, Linking Ring, February 1959
  2. Tricks That Mystify by Will Goldston (1934)
  3. Obit, Hugard's Magic Monthly, January, 1939