March 3, 1872
|Died||May 26, 1946 (age 74) |
San Antonio, Texas
Freud started in magic in 1900, working as a mechanic for the Chicago magic dealer H. J. Burlingame.
He performed on the Lyceum circuit starting around 1903, billing himself as Joseffy, a "Necromancer". He eventually stopped performing and became an electrical engineer.
One of his mechanical creations was the talking Skull of Balsamo.
Being very secretive about his inventions, it's been stated that in his book, The Marvelous Creations of Joseffy by David P. Abbott (1908), he either faked the photographs or showed apparatus that he did not actually use in the tricks to mislead the readers to the genuine secrets.
- The Marvelous Creations of Joseffy by David P. Abbott (1908)
- Joseffy by Carl Sandburg (promotional booklet) (1910)
- 1913: Patent 1,056,786 Mechanical parachute, an early version of "Japonette"
- 1914: Patent 1,121,178 Focusing bellows for camera (tension springs on lazytong joints)
- 1915: Patent 1,143,045 Focusing hood on camera
- 1916: Patent 1,200,602 Cleaning brush with scraping edge
- 1920: Patent 1,330,524 Conveying machine, conveyor belt for packaging bottles, boxes
- 1926: Patent 1,582,922 Rotary Pump
- 1929: Patent 1,699,058 Electric cigar lighter with coil
- 1932: Patent 1,870,246 Motor operated switch for high tension lines
- 1934: Patent 1,197,192 Squeegee blade, especially for car windshields
- 1939: Patent 2,184,687 Cigar capping device to keep cigar dry
- 1943: Patent 2,307,882 Food and beverage server, wire holder for plate and cup
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- The Marvelous Creations of Joseffy
- The Marvelous Creations of Joseffy by David Phelps Abbott (1911)
- Chautauqua & Lyceum Magicians
- Who's who in the lyceum By Alfred Augustus Wright (1906)
- INSIGHTS INTO JOSEFFY by Jim Steinmeyer, Magicol May 1997 No. 123
- INSIGHTS INTO JOSEFFY: VIII Joseph Freud and Joseffy by Jim Steinmeyer, Magicol No. 130 February 1999