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Roger Barkann

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Roger Barkann

Cover of Genii (1938)
BornBarkann Rosinoff
June 25, 1909
Jersey City, New Jersey
DiedMay 23, 1987 (age 77)
CategoriesBooks by Roger Barkann

Roger Barkann (1909-1987) performed as the "Trojan Trixter" while attending the University of Southern California (then known as Barkann Rosinoff). He was one of the first magician to do an act in rhyme. He was also the first editor of the SAM Parent Assembly in New York City's newsletter, Spellbinder, and later became their Dean.


Barkann received a degree in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. From Philadelphia he moved to California where he enrolled at the University of Southern California, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree. From California he came to New York and became the first qualified expert in the Insurance Field then made a name for himself in the Advertising and Public Relations Field. [1]

Houdini would reached out to college students to pose as medium bait, which included a young Barkann . As an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, learned so much from Houdini's exposes that he was asked to demonstrate them for his fellow students at the college. He later became a magician and a member of the SAM.[2]

While at USC, Barkann was a prime mover for an SAM No. 22 Los Angeles (Southern California Assembly) charter while attending U.S.C. in 1930.[3] He became the it's first president (even though he was technically too young ). Also while at USC, he became friends with fellow classmates William Larsen Sr. and Page Wright [4]

In the late 1930s, Barkann moved to New York City and changed his name to Roger Barkann [5]

Barkann owned the Bronx Amusement Guide and after it was taken over by "Cue" magazine, he was engaged as the manager of its Bronx-Manhattan edition and he wrote articles on magic for the publication. [6]

He became the Dean of the SAM Parent Assembly in New York City in 1983.

He was a contributor to The Sphinx and Genii[7]




  1. Obit, Genii 1987 May
  2. Secret Life of Houdini by William Kalush and Larry Sloman (2006)
  3. My Best by Thompson, Jr., J.G. (1945)
  4. Cover Genii 1938 March
  5. Genii 1943 June
  6. Sphinx March 1938
  7. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, June, 1931