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Joseph Bland

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Joseph Bland
BornGiuseppe Belasco or Bolasco

Joseph Bland (?-1898), who may have originally worked as a dance instructor, was a magician and one of the most famous and respected magic dealers in Victorian London.


He started as a dealer around 1855 and had a number of shops from which he sold magical apparatus. In 1863 he moved into the shop on 35 New Oxford Street in London. After his death his business was taken over by Hamley's

He allowed many of his effects to be described by Professor Hoffmann in his books Modern Magic and More Magic.[1][2][3]


  1. The Magic Of Britain by Edwin Dawes
  2. Annals of Conjuring by Sidney W. Clarke's
  3. 84. PIRACY, PLAGIARISM AND MR. JOSEPH BLAND, Complete Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities, by Edwin A. Dawes