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Joe Berg

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

Joe Berg
BornJoe Berg
December 13, 1902
Pinsk, Russian Empire (currently Belarus)
DiedFebruary 19, 1984 (age 81)
CategoriesBooks by Joe Berg

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 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.

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 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 ]

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

Awards and honors

Marketed Tricks

  • Flash Appearance Card Frame (1939)

Mechanical Decks



  1. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, October, 1933
  2. Cover Genii 1953 October
  3. Cover Genii 1974 October
  4. Obit Genii 1984 March
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