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Joseph Deodato

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Joseph Deodato
BornDecember 18, 1867
Mesuraca, Italy

Joseph Deodato came to America to perform in 1866. He performed in pantomime or was assisted by his son as a translator. [1]

Part of his act include sword swallowing (which he gave up for a time when he hurt himself after coughing while the sword was still in) and producing yards of colored paper and a brass rod from his mouth after eating burning paper.[2]

He played at the Carnegie Lyceum on March 26, 1912.[3]

There was a booklet published in 1921 by Houdini for a movie scenario called "Mistero di Osiris or the Mystery of the Jewel (Talisman); Mystery Tale of Old Egypt by "Giovanni Deadota". Some speculate that Deadota may have been Deodato.


  1. Conjurers Monthly Magazine, June 1908
  2. Conjurors and Cornfields by Thomas A. Ewing (1999)
  3. MUM, April 1912