Jerry Sadowitz is a Scottish card
magician and stand-up comic known for his offensive
Born in New Jersey, USA, into a Jewish family, Sadowitz
was brought up in Glasgow. Following the breakdown
of his parent's marriage, his mother returned to her
native Scotland. A sickly child, Sadowitz took an interest
in magic while still at school. He is today widely
acclaimed as one of the best close-up magicians in
the business, has written several books on magic and
invented many conjuring innovations.
Sadowitz comedy act is based around extreme offensiveness,
breaking all taboos, using obscene language, and insulting
the audience as much as possible. He famously opened
the Montreal comedy festival with the line "Hello,
moose-fuckers" and was promptly knocked unconscious.
His refusal to moderate his comedy act has led to difficulties
in his career: his debut television show on the BBC
attracted a record number of complaints and was promptly
moved to a graveyard slot and has never been repeated.
And outbursts of his savage comedy routines during
his conjuring shows have sometimes alienated him from
the more conservative magic community.
He has been managed by, and has performed with, anarchic
comedian and club proprietor Malcolm Hardee, and helped
get now-famous mentalist Derren Brown his first shows
on Channel 4. He also appeared in the music video of
The Shamen's UK number 1 hit from 1992 "Ebenezer