Joshua Jay

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Josh Jay
Born (1981-10-30) October 30, 1981 (age 35)
Canton, Ohio
Occupation Magician, Lecturer

Joshua Jay (born October 30, 1981) is a magician, author, and lecturer who has performed his show in over 59 countries.[citation needed] In 1998 he was crowned World Champion of Close-up Magic at the World Magic Seminar,[citation needed] and he has subsequently appeared on every major television network.[citation needed] Notably, he has performed on Good Morning America and the Today Show.[citation needed] He is the author of seven books on magic, including Magic: The Complete Course [Workman, 2008], which is available in four languages. Jay specializes in close-up magic and is a headliner at the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.[citation needed] He attended Ohio State University, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. Joshua Jay currently resides in New York City.

TV appearances[edit]

  • Discovery Channel's Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic
  • Fox Network's Lance Burton's Young Magician's Showcase
  • NHK's Magic of America (Japanese National Television)
  • NBC's TODAY SHOW (two appearances)
  • ABC’s Good Morning America
  • The Daily Buzz (broadcast on the Spike Network)
  • Brad Meltzer's Decoded (Broadcast on the History Channel)

As author[edit]

Joshua Jay has become one of the most prolific writers of the contracting literary scene in magic.[citation needed] Nearly all his books have been translated into other languages, and two titles have been published for the public: Magic: The Complete Course and The Amazing Book of Cards (Workman Publishing). He is also the publisher of many titles, through his company Vanishing Inc Magic with magician Andi Gladwin.

  • "Overlap (2005)"
  • "Joshua Jay's Magic Atlas (1999)"
  • "A Teens Routines (1998)"
  • "Session: The Magic of Joel Givens (2004)"
  • "Magic: The Complete Course (Book & DVD) (2008)"
  • "Joshua Jay's Amazing Book Of Cards (Book & DVD) (2010)"
  • His book "Joshua Jay's Magic Atlas" has been translated into German, Japanese, and French.
  • "Destroyers: The Magic of Troy Hooser (2001)"
  • "Moments: More Magic of Troy Hooser (2010)"
  • Jay was a featured contributor in The Linking Ring magazine in May 2010 (he also appeared on that issue's cover)[1][2]


First place awards include:

  • 2011 Merlin Literary Achievement Award
  • World Magic Seminar, 1998 First Place Champion (Presented by Lance Burton)
  • International Battle of Magicians (twice, 1996 and 1998)
  • Columbus Magi Fest
  • Kleinman Incentive Award, Most Promising Youth (SAM National Convention)
  • Best Published Trick, Award for Creativity (Linking Ring magazine)
  • Youngest magician to write One-Man-Parade (twenty page exposition of original effects) in Linking Ring magazine
  • Society of American Magicians Close-Up Magician of the Year Award 2011


  • "Close Up, Up Close: Volumes 1 – 3"
  • "Talk About Tricks 1-3"


  • Talk About Tricks (Magic magazine)
  • Under, Over ("M-U-M magazine")

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Warren, Bobby (May 2010). "Moving Forward with Joshua Jay". The Linking Ring. 90 (5): 1, 28–31. 
  2. ^ Jay, Joshua (May 2010). "Hocus Pocus Parade". The Linking Ring. 90 (5): 87–100.