L.A. museum traces Jewish influence on magic

By Joel  Moskowitz, M D, FAPA, FAAP

LOS ANGELES –Many  people know that Houdini was Jewish and his real name was Erich Weiss, son of an itinerant Rabbi.  But who is Jewish of the following? David Copperfield, Max Maven, David Blaine and Teller of the team, Penn and Teller?   All of them!  David Copperfield was born David Seth Kotkin; Max Maven is Phil Goldstein.  David Blaine’s mother is Jewish.  Who would think a Jewish heritage is in the history of prestidigitators such as Malini, Leipzig, Lafayette, Okito, Fu Manchu, Ballantine and Flosso?  All have Jewish roots.

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