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Gerald Kosky

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Gerald Kosky

Cover of Genii (1949)
BornFebruary 27, 1907
Oil City, Pennsylvania
DiedApril 29, 1987 (age 80)
Los Angeles, California
CategoriesBooks by Gerald Kosky

Gerald Kosky (1907-1987) specialized in cards and mentalism.


During his youth, he lived all over the world (England, Canada, Argentina, New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Houston and San Francisco). In 1921, he finally settled down in Los Angeles, California.

Gerald was never a full time professional performer but did work some night club and cruises. He developed two specialty acts, Mr. O'So (a Japanese magician) and Professor 'Iggins' (an English magician).

He was the Assistant Editor for the first few issues of Genii and was on the cover of Genii 1937 February (Volume 1, Number 6).

He was very active in magic societies . He helped form the "Los Magicos" with Caryl Fleming in 1936 and served as president for many magic organizations over the years including PCAM. Kosky erved in the armed forces and was given honorable discharge in 1944.[1]

He contributed to many magazines including The Sphinx, The Jinx, The Linking Ring, The Magic Wand, The Cardiste, Abracadabra, The Gen, Hugard's Magic Monthly, The Phoenix, The Bat, and MUM.

Before his death he lived just half a block from the Magic Castle and performed there many times.


Some of his most popular effects:
Cover of Genii (1937)


He was given a Literary Fellowship by the Academy of Magical Arts in 1982.



  1. By Thompson, Jr., J.G.. "My Best", 1945, p. 365
  • Cover, Genii Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 6, February 1937, Gerald Kosky, page 4
  • Cover, Genii Magazine, Vol. 13, No. 11, July 1949, Gerald Kosky, page 340
  • Cover, M-U-M, Vol. 48, No. 6, November 1958, Gerald Kosky, magician-of-the-month, by Leslie Guest, page 210
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 45, No. 10, October 1965, Annemann Jinx Hocus Pocus Parade, Gerald Kosky, page 68
  • Cover, Genii Magazine, Vol. 37, No. 1, January 1973, Our Cover, Gerald Kosky, page 20
  • Cover, Genii Magazine, Vol. 41, No. 2, February 1977, Gerald Kosky, by WWL (Jr), page 80
  • Cover, The New Tops, Vol. 19, No. 6, June 1979, Cover Portrait… Gerald Kosky …by Hugh Riley, page 8
  • Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 62, No. 3, March 1982, Our Cover, Gerald Kosky, by John Braun, page 52
  • Cover, M-U-M, Vol. 72, No. 5, October 1982, Magician of the Month, Gerald Kosky, by John Zweers, page 7
  • Genii Magazine, Vol. 50, No. 11, May 1987, Obituary, Gerald Kosky, page 825
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 67, No. 7, July 1987, Broken Wand, Gerald Kosky, page 98
  • M-U-M, Vol. 77, No. 4, September 1987, Broken Wands, Gerald Kosky, by John Zweers, page 98