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Gerald Kaufman

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Gerald Kaufman

Self portrait in Genii 1952 June
BornGerald Lynton Kaufman
March 12, 1893
New York City, New York
DiedApril 19, 1968 (age 75)
New York City, New York
CategoriesBooks by Gerald Kaufman

Gerald Kaufman (1893-1968), an architect who had specialized in country houses, was an amateur magician in New York City.[1]


He began performing Needle Swallowing in 1912 and performed telepathy with Marie Therese.

He created The King Can Do No Wrong (better known as The Hotel Mystery) which was marketed by Al Baker in 1935 and later described in Genii 1941 September.

Kaufman, who served as president of the SAM Parent Assembly #1 (1960-61), was also an illustrator for the Sphinx.[2]He was also a stockholder in Sphinx and director in 1938.[3]

He was a contributing editor for the puzzle books "Fun For the Family", "Fun For All" and others.



  1. The Sphinx, Vol. 32, No. 8, October 1933, Who’s Who in Magic, page 232
  2. Genii 1968 April
  3. By Thompson, Jr., J.G.. "My Best", 1945, p. 365
  • Genii Magazine, Vol. 16, No. 10, June 1952, Rotogravure Picture, Gerald Lynton Kaufman, page 389
  • M-U-M, Vol. 52, No. 1, June 1962, GERALD LYNTON KAUFMAN, magician-of-the-month, by Leslie P. Guest, page 10
  • Goodliffe's Abracadabra, Vol. 45, No. 1182, May 1968, Gerald Lynton Kaufman, 75, died, by Robert Lund, page 275
  • M-U-M, Vol. 58, No. 1, June 1968, Broken Wands, Gerald Kaufman, page 50