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From Linking Ring, Feb 1950
BornMino Nowroji Cooper
circa 1881
DiedFebruary 14, 1951 (age 69)
Bombay, India

Mino, the mystic (1881-1951), was a Parsi professional magician starting around 1906. Initially as a society magician, he toured starting in 1906 with a large show throughout India, Burma, S. Africa, and the East.


Mino was a past president of the Society of Indian Magicians in Bombay.

His wife was his assistant in his shows.[1]

At one time he was an Indian motion picture performer. From 1932 until 1941, he did the leading roles in 25 pictures. Mostly comedies, but also a few straight, serious roles. It was between his motion picture contracts that he did a six-months tour of South Africa with a large illusion show.[2]

In his later life, he was dubbed the "Grand Patriarch of Magic" by the Society of Indian Magicians, before he died in Bombay.[3]

Mino's one daughter, Husn Bano, was a well-known Indian motion picture star and an amateur magicienne. [4]

Eddie Joseph dedicated his book Coin and Money Magic (1942) to Mino.

Note: Name also spelled "Minoe" and "Minoo" in some publications.


  1. Sphinx, January 1948
  2. One Man parade, Linking Ring, Feb. 1950
  3. Who's Who in Magic: An International Biographical Guide From Past to Present by Bart Whaley (1990)
  4. Broken Wand, Linking Ring, Apr 1951