Joseph K. Schmidt
(Pinconning, Michigan: 17th February 1920 - 10th January 2007)
Joseph Kenneth Schmidt learned at age 14 from a cheap card book. Retired from the US Air Force to live in West Germany. Amateur card magician, having invented several moves, including the first Tilt Pass and Bottom Placement in 1981. Major illustrator of magic books and magazines, including some 80 works by Fulves and The Man Who Was Erdnase (1991).
Wrote 5 booklets: The Impromptu Close-Up Card Rise (1968), Modern Close-Up Card Problems (1981, 88pp), R.C. Buff's Knot on the Square, The Best of Buff, Conrad Bush's Color Isolation, plus 6 on run-up systems. Articles in Hugard's Magic Monthly, Genii, Pallbears Review, Epilogue, New Tops, Talisman, Epoptica, and Magick.