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Eugene Bernstein

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Eugene Bernstein (1896 - 1972) was a prominent Chicago attorney that specialized in hypnosis, and magic "that bordered on the weird and occult".

Eugene Bernstein
BornEugene Bernstein
St. Paul, Minnesota
DiedJanuary 29, 1972

As a cub reporter for the Chicago Record Herald, Bernstein became interested in magic while covering an assignment exposing mediums and their methods.

Bernstein was National President of both the Society of American Magicians (1939-40) and IBM (1942-43). He also served as legal adviser for many years to both magic organizations and the Magic Dealers.

Gene lectured on abnormal psychology and made appearances on radio, and TV. He was under contract to United Artists in connection with promotional work in its picture "Black Magic."

Bernstein acquired all the apparatus of Joseffy including the famous talking Skull of Balsamo and contributed the effect "The Spirit Grip" to Greater Magic.[1][2][3]


  1. Cover Genii 1944 September
  2. I.B.M. News Highlights by Luther Southworth Genii 1951 September
  3. Memorial Issue - Linking Ring, March 1972