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Joseph Jacobs

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Joseph Jacobs
DiedOctober 11, 1870

Joseph Jacobs (1813-1870) was one of the leading conjurers and ventriloquists of the nineteenth century as Wizard Jacobs.


Jacobs was a contemporary of both Professor Anderson, "The Wizard of the North" and Robert-Houdin. All three were touring the British Isles at the same time.[1]

He began performing around 1834 visits to Dover, Brighton, Bath and then London and would continue to perform for another 58 years.

His London debut in the spring of 1835 at the assembly room of the Horn's Tavern in Kennington. In 1854, he embarked on a tour of America, followed by visits to Australia and New Zealand. Jacobs would return to the United States and Australia in 1857.[2]


  1. The History in NEW ZEALAND by Bernard, Magicana, Oct/Nov 2011
  2. Mr. Joseph Jacobs, The Wizard Of All Wizards, And Mr. I.K. Brunel, The Wizard of All Engineers in The Complete Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities by Edwin Dawes (2005)