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Eddie Joseph

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Eddie Joseph
BornDecember 03, 1899
Calcutta, India
DiedJune 01, 1974 (age 74)
Hampstead General Hospital in London, England
CategoriesBooks by Eddie Joseph

Eddie Joseph (1899-1974) was a full-time professional performer, teacher and writer on things magical. Working under the name Eddie Jason, he played exclusive club and party dates in and around Calcutta and Bombay. He also conducted the School of Magic in Bombay.


Eddie Joseph was a Baghdadi Jew from Calcutta where he was born. Most of his life he lived in India. Later he moved to England, working for Max Andrews. Contributions in magazines and internet claim he was born of English parents, which is obviously wrong.[1]

His interest in magic was aroused at an early age and at the age of twelve he saw his first big mystery show, Nicola.

At eighteen, he became a part-time professional and remained so until 1945 when he became a full-time professional performer, teacher and writer. He was chosen to appear in the Silver Jubillee Show for King George V. He was also the first magician to do magic over the radio in India in 1933, making over 30 broadcasts from the All India Radio stations in Calcutta, Bombay and Lucknow. He had worked out an act in which he used no apparatus except ordinary and borrowed objects. He also did a mental act assisted by his wife, Sarah.

For many years, Joseph was the Indian Representative of the I.B.M. and he was active in the Society of Indian Magicians. During World War II, he was drafted to do a turn in a revue for the entertainment of British and American servicemen. He and his wife traveled all over India for the balance of the war.

It's been said that he tried to invent one new trick every day. He wrote over 70 books and pamphlets and contributed many articles to Genii and The New Tops. Joseph's first contribution to The Linking Ring was in the September, 1927 issue. The IBM Ring in Bombay, India is known as the Eddie Joseph Ring.

Eddie Joseph passed away in England in June of 1974.



  • Tops Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 8, August 1941, EDDIE JOSEPH NO MYTH, Famed Indian conjurer has Given Magic Many Effects, page 15
  • The Sphinx Vol. 45, No. 2, April 1946, Who Is Eddie Joseph by John Platt, page 57
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 27, No. 10, December 1947, The Society, Of Indian Magicians Indian Parade, OUR EDDIE JOSEPH by Dr. Fram Nasikvala, page 55
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 28, No. 3, May 1948, The Eddie Joseph Parade, by Eddie Clever and Bob Weil, page 47
  • Tops Magazine, Vol. 15, No. 9, September 1950, The Eddie Joseph Issue, An Acknowledgment by Eddie Joseph, page 4
  • The New Tops, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1964, Entre Nous by “Dorney”, page 7
  • The New Tops, Vol. 14. No. 7, July 1974, Final Curtain, Eddie Joseph, page 16
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 64, No. 9, September 1984, EDDIE JOSEPH MEMORIAL, HOCUS POCUS PARADE by Phil Willmarth, page 71
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, page 173