Joseph was born and raised in Los Angeles. While pursuing his theater degree at UCLA, he fell in love with close-up magic and mentalism. He later attended Sideshow School at the historic Coney Island Midway, studying escapology, fire-eating, and other secret arts of the American carnival. When magic gigs were scarce, Joseph supplemented his income by teaching dance, and earned associate status with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. After being awarded a fellowship at Saint Mary’s college, he completed an MFA in creative nonfiction.
He is the author of the critically acclaimed Tully Jarsdel mysteries, and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards.