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Sam Berland

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Sam Berland

Cover Genii 1973 March
BornSamuel Berland
October 1, 1903
Poltava, Russia
DiedMay 27, 1987 (age 83)
CategoriesBooks by Sam Berland

Samuel Berland (1907-1987) was a magic dealer and inventor of popular effects and routines, especially using thimbles and dice.


During his life he invented more than 100 effects including the popular "Devil's Dollar" and wrote some 13 books on tricks and illusions.

By 1920 Berland and friend Harry Faber were being published by Sphinx Magazine, using the by-line, The Faberlands.

Starting in 1925, he opened the Princess Magic Shop in Chicago, Illinois with partners Faber and Joe Berg, so named because it was in the same building as the Princess Theater, in Chicago's Loop. Berland was also the founder of the Berland Printing Co. in the late 30s in Chicago.

Also with Joe Berg, they were among the founding members of the The Wizard's Club in Chicago, an organization for magicians.

Many of Berland's silk magic effects are included in Rice's Encyclopedia of Silk Magic. He was featured in the Genii 1973 March, Vol 37, #3 issue.

Awards and honors

  • The IBM Ring No. 43 The Harlen Tarbell Ring in Chicago Illinois, gives out the Sam Berland trophy for creativity each year.


  • Sucker Cigarette Box (in Novel Cigarette Tricks)