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[[Joe Berg]] (1903 - Feb 19, 1984) from Pinsk, Russia was a magic dealer and inventor. He immigrated to the U.S. with his parents in 1914.  He learned magic from [[Johnny Platt]]
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'''Joe Berg''' (1902-1984) was a magic dealer and inventor.<ref>Who's Who in Magic, [[Sphinx]], October, 1933</ref>
  
In the early 20s, with partners [[Sam Berland]] and [[Harry Faber]], he spent over 25 years at the Princess Magic Shop in Chicago, Illinois. His customers and friends included Harry Houdini,
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== Biography ==
Harry Blackstonc, Howard Thurston, Carl Rosini, and a host of other greats. Later, in the 1950s, he moved and opened his own shop in Hollywood, California.
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Berg immigrated to the U.S. with his parents in 1914 and learned magic from [[Johnny Platt]].  
  
Joe, along with [[Sam Berland]], were among the founding members of the [[The Wizard's Club]] in Chicago, an organization for magicians, organized at the home of Sam Berman.  
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In the early 20s, with partners [[Sam Berland]] and [[Harry Faber]], he spent over 25 years at the Princess Magic Shop in Chicago, Illinois. His customers and friends included [[Harry Houdini]], [[Harry Blackstone]], [[Howard Thurston]], and [[Carl Rosini]]. Later, in 1953, he moved and opened his own shop in Hollywood, California.
  
He invented many effects including the [[Ultra-Mental Deck]] in 1937.  His silk magic effects can be found in [[Rice's Encyclopedia of Silk Magic]].  
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Berg, along with [[Sam Berland]], were among the founding members of the [[The Wizard's Club]] in Chicago, organized at the home of [[Sam Berman]].  
  
Joe named Henry Hardin's [[Princess Card Trick]] after the Princess Magic shop. He made special packets of cards where you could do it in front of the spectator (rather then going into your pocket). Later Nick Trost made the packets as specially printed cards. [ need to verify this ]
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He invented many effects including the [[Ultra-Mental Deck]] in 1936. His silk magic effects can be found in [[Rice's Encyclopedia of Silk Magic]].  
  
Joe Berg died five days after he suffered a stroke while walking up a hill to the [[Magic Castle]].
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Berg created a version of Henry Hardin's [[Princess Card Trick]] with special packets of cards where you could do it in front of the spectator (rather then going into your pocket). Later [[Nick Trost]] also made the packets as specially printed cards. [ need to verify this ]
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Joe Berg died five days after he suffered a stroke while walking up a hill to the [[Magic Castle]].<ref>Cover [[Genii 1953 October]]</ref> <ref>Cover [[Genii 1974 October]]</ref> <ref>Obit [[Genii 1984 March]]</ref><ref>Cover [[Genii 1983 April]]</ref><ref>The Linking Ring Vol. 64, No. 4 April 1984, Joe Berg Dies Suddenly, by Frances Marshall, page 112</ref>
  
 
== Awards and honors ==
 
== Awards and honors ==
 
* Masters Fellowship from [[Academy of Magical Arts]] (1983)
 
* Masters Fellowship from [[Academy of Magical Arts]] (1983)
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==Marketed Tricks==
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* Flash Appearance Card Frame (1939)
  
 
== Mechanical Decks ==
 
== Mechanical Decks ==
* [[Ultra-Mental Deck]]
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* [[Pirate Deck]] (1926)
* [[Latest Blank Deck]]
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* [[Rainbow Fan Deck]] (1934)
* [[Rainbow Fan Deck]]
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* [[Ultra-Mental Deck]] (1936)
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* [[Auto-Spell-It Deck]] (1940)
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* [[Latest Blank Deck]] (1941)
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* [[Novel-Gali Deck]] (1948)
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* [[Mirro-Peek Deck]] (1948)
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* [[Brain Wave Deck]]
 
* [[Brain Wave Deck]]
* [[Auto-Spell-It Deck]]
 
 
* [[Master Color Changing Deck]]
 
* [[Master Color Changing Deck]]
* [[Novel-Gali Deck]]
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* [[Rapid Card Location Deck]] (By [[Joe Fleischman]])
* [[Rapid Card Location Deck]] (By Joe Fleischman)
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* [[Improved Prediction Deck]]
 
* [[Improved Prediction Deck]]
* [[Mirro-Peek Deck]]
 
* [[Pirate Deck]]
 
 
* [[Release-It Deck]]
 
* [[Release-It Deck]]
  
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* Berg's Private Card Problems (1933)
 
* Berg's Private Card Problems (1933)
 
* [[Here's New Magic]] (1937)
 
* [[Here's New Magic]] (1937)
* Magic For Everyone - The Berg Book by [[David Avadon]] and [[Eric C. Lewis]]. (1983)
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* The Berg Book by [[David Avadon]] and [[Eric C. Lewis]]. (1983)
  
== References ==
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* The Linking Ring, Vol. 57, No. 4, April 1977, Memoirs Of A Magician's Ghost, by John Booth, page 51
 
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Latest revision as of 06:24, 13 December 2019

Joe Berg

Cover of Genii (1953)
BornJoseph Bergman
December 13, 1902
Minsk, Russian Empire (currently Belarus)
DiedFebruary 19, 1984 (age 81)
Los Angeles
CategoriesBooks by Joe Berg

Joe Berg (1902-1984) was a magic dealer and inventor.[1]

Biography

Berg immigrated to the U.S. with his parents in 1914 and learned magic from Johnny Platt.

In the early 20s, with partners Sam Berland and Harry Faber, he spent over 25 years at the Princess Magic Shop in Chicago, Illinois. His customers and friends included Harry Houdini, Harry Blackstone, Howard Thurston, and Carl Rosini. Later, in 1953, he moved and opened his own shop in Hollywood, California.

Berg, along with Sam Berland, were among the founding members of the The Wizard's Club in Chicago, organized at the home of Sam Berman.

He invented many effects including the Ultra-Mental Deck in 1936. His silk magic effects can be found in Rice's Encyclopedia of Silk Magic.

Berg created a version of Henry Hardin's Princess Card Trick with special packets of cards where you could do it in front of the spectator (rather then going into your pocket). Later Nick Trost also made the packets as specially printed cards. [ need to verify this ]

Joe Berg died five days after he suffered a stroke while walking up a hill to the Magic Castle.[2] [3] [4][5][6]

Awards and honors

Marketed Tricks

  • Flash Appearance Card Frame (1939)

Mechanical Decks

Books

References

  1. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, October, 1933
  2. Cover Genii 1953 October
  3. Cover Genii 1974 October
  4. Obit Genii 1984 March
  5. Cover Genii 1983 April
  6. The Linking Ring Vol. 64, No. 4 April 1984, Joe Berg Dies Suddenly, by Frances Marshall, page 112
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 57, No. 4, April 1977, Memoirs Of A Magician's Ghost, by John Booth, page 51
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