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Dr. Joseph Fries

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Dr. Joseph Fries
BornJoseph Harman Fries
June 22, 1903
Brooklyn, New York
DiedDecember 20, 1982 (age 79)
Point Pleasant (N.J.) Hospital

Dr. Joseph Fries (1903-1982), a pediatrician, was an amateur magician who performed pocket and parlour magic, music, and lightning cartoons.


Fries was a member S.A.M. Parent Assembly Ring No. 1. and an honorary member of the Magicians' Club.[1]

Fries taught fellow amateur Irving Desfor in 1931.

In the October 1947, Hugard's Magic Monthly, it was reported that Dr. Joe Fries new book would be published soon.

Fries was part of the New York Magic Table, which for over 30 years, magicians would meet at Rosoff's Restaurant near Broadway Monday through Friday at noon.

He also helped initiate the Tannen Magic Jubilee (first held 1960).

In 1980, Fries was honored with "SUPREME ORDER OF HOUDINI" for being a member of SAM for 51 years.

Dr. Fries' two sons, Dr. Ian Fries and Dr. Brant Fries, were also members of the SAM Parent Assembly.[2]


  • The Mystic Necktie, Jinx, No 33, June 1937.
  • Torn Sentiment, Jinx, No 71, 16 Dec 1939.
  • The Illusive Knot; The Fastest Knot on Record, Hugard's Magic Monthly, Vol 3 No 10, March 1946.
  • The Heavenly Helicopter, Hugard's Magic Monthly, Vol 8, No 3, Aug 1950.
  • Utility Bill Fold, MUM, Vol 41, No 9, Feb 1952.
  • Acme Poker Deal, Hugard's Magic Monthly, Vol 10, No 1, June 1952.
  • The Obedient Card, MUM, Vol. 64, No. 2, July 1974.


  1. Tricks That Mystify by Will Goldston (1934)
  2. New York Times Obit