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Eugene Bernstein

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Eugene Bernstein

Cover of Genii (1944)
BornEugene Bernstein
April 19, 1896
St. Paul, Minnesota
DiedJanuary 29, 1972 (age 75)
Chicago, Illinois

Eugene Bernstein (1896 - 1972) was a prominent Chicago attorney that specialized in hypnosis, and magic "that bordered on the weird and occult".


As a cub reporter for the Chicago Record Herald, Bernstein became interested in magic while covering an assignment exposing mediums and their methods.

Bernstein was National President of both the Society of American Magicians (1939-40) and IBM (1942-43). He also served as legal adviser for many years to both magic organizations and the Magic Dealers.

Gene lectured on abnormal psychology and made appearances on radio, and TV. He was under contract to United Artists in connection with promotional work in its picture "Black Magic."

Bernstein acquired all the apparatus of Joseffy including the famous talking Skull of Balsamo and contributed the effect "The Spirit Grip" to Greater Magic. [1] [2] [3]


  1. Cover Genii Magazine, Vol. 9, No. 1, September 1944, HYPNOSIS by Eugene Bernstein, page 13, EUGENE BERNSTEIN, page 14
  2. I.B.M. News Highlights by Luther Southworth Genii Magazine, Vol. 16, No. 1, September 1951, page 31
  3. The Linking Ring, Vol. 52, No. 3, March 1972, Cover, EUGENE BERNSTEIN, page 34, Broken Wand, EUGENE BERNSTEIN, page 112
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 22, No. 5, July 1942, Cover
  • Tops Magazine, Vol. 11, No, 7, July 1946, Eugene Bernstein – Top-Notcher in Hypnotism!, page 4
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 37, No. 11, January 1958, Eugene Bernstein – Wartime IBM President by Remington Keys, page 32
  • Linking Ring, Vol. 49, No.2, February 1969, GENE BERNSTEIN by Frances Marshall, page 22
  • The New Tops, Vol. 12, No. 3, March 1972, It's a Mystery to Me, by Clarke Crandall, page 43