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Joshua Jay      

Magician & Co-Founder of Vanishing Inc. Magic

Joshua Jay is a magician, author, and lecturer. He has performed in over 100 countries, and he was awarded the top prize at the World Magic Seminar in 1998. He fooled Penn and Teller on their hit show, Fool Us, and he holds a Guinness World Record for card tricks.

Joshua has designed illusions for stage and screen, including a recent collaboration with HBO for "Game of Thrones". Joshua consulted with the United States Postal Service on the design of their postage stamp series, Magic.

In January 30, 2016, at the Columbus Magi-Fest, Joshua set the Guinness World Record for Most Selected Cards Found from a Shuffled Deck in One Minute. He found 21 cards, a record that still stands.

Joshua has done innovative research into what he has classified as "Tragic Magic," tricks that have proved fatal to magicians, assistants, and even spectators. Joshua has delivered keynote addresses on the history of magic at museums across the country, and written an academic article on the subject for Gibiciere.

Joshua appeared at the 2008 Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama, and has also delivered private performances for former President Clinton.

In 2008, Joshua and best-friend Andi Gladwin founded Vanishing Inc. Magic, a retail magic outlet that manufactures and distributes props to magicians. Vanishing Inc. is currently one of the largest magic shops in the world, with warehouse and shipping operations in the US and Europe.

He has authored three books for the public: "MAGIC: The Complete Course", "The Amazing Book of Cards, and, for children, Big Magic for Little Hands*. Joshua has also authored a dozen books for magicians and served for 12 years as the Tricks Editor at MAGIC Magazine.

Jay has done magic on numerous television shows, most recently "Good Morning America" and "The Today Show". Most recently, in January 2018, Joshua was recognized by the Society of American Magicians with their highest proclamation, for his contribution to the art of magic. Joshua attended Ohio State University and currently resides in New York City.

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