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Albert Goshman

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Albert Goshman (1920-1991), a bagel baker from Brooklyn, became one of the greatest close-up magicians of all time and early in his professional magic career billed himself as "The Baker That's a Faker".

Albert Goshman
BornAlbert Goshwinsky
December 06, 1920
New York City
DiedFebruary 13, 1991 (age 70)

During War World II, while working in a defense plant, he discovered a small book of coin and pocket tricks and

began to study. Following the war, he became a regular visitor at the New York's magic shops. He favored coin magic and began calling himself Fakir, the Baker.

He relocated to the west coast in the early 1960s and beginning in 1963 was a regular performer at the Magic Castle. He became known for his routine involving coins and salt shakers.

Goshman also developed a number of foam rubber products including sponge balls. As demand grew, he expanded in to larger quarters and finally purchased a building to house his manufacturing enterprise.[1]



  • Four Cards through a Newspaper (Manuscript) (1968)
  • Coins thru the Table (Manuscript) (1968)
  • The Card in the Purse (Manuscript) (1968)
  • Magic by Gosh by Patrick Page (1985)


  1. Obit Genii 1991 March