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Jean Irving

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Jean Irving
BornIrving Eugene Watson
December 21, 1872
Binghampton, New York
DiedJanuary 5, 1944 (age 71)
Jersey City, New Jersey

Jean Irving (1872-1944) was a professional fire-eater, trapeze artist and magician for fifty-two years and was known to friends as "The Magician of Hubers Museum".


At sixteen he was doing a Trapeze Act with his older brother.

Irving also performed as "Dantell," "Nemo", and "Nostaro". [1] As the "Human Salamander," he worked Side Shows, Museums, and other attractions.

In 1894 he entertained Grover Cleveland, then President of the United States.[2]

Irving was President of the National Conjurers Association from 1918 until 1919 and was one of the organizers of its famous "Inner Circle", which met at Trilby's, in New York's Greenwich Village district.[3]

In 1926, a Sam Brown of Marion, Ohio was submitting magic tricks to the magazine "Popular Magic" under the name of Jean Irving (unknown to him that there was already a magician using that name). [4]



  1. Magic World August 1918
  2. Obit Genii 1944 February
  3. Linking Ring (January, 1927); page 859
  4. Letter to MUM April 1926.
  • Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, March, 1932