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Rajah Raboid

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Rajah Raboid
BornMaurice P. Kitchen
January 22, 1896
New Orleans, Louisiana
Miami, Florida

Rajah Raboid was a premier vaudeville mentalist known in several venues including radio mentalism and crystal gazing.

He started out performing in carnivals as a magician, calling himself "Ray Boyd", before switching to mentalism.

Raboid would broadcast on Mexican radio to avoid legal problems that might result from his question-and-answer show. In New York City, he performed to sold-out houses in theaters and sold books, and offered readings. He became extremely wealthy and owned a mansion in Miami Beach, Florida.[1]

In the late 1930s, he performed a sawing in half illusion with Johnny Eck and his twin brother.[2]

He has been credited as being the first man to fly a plane while blindfolded and performed his knife throwing act on the television show You Asked For It.

His first wife Nellie performed under the stage name "Raynell, the Miracle Girl."[3]


  1. The Mind Readers - Masters of Deception by William V. Rauscher(2002)
  3. August 2004 M-U-M (cover)