Born in San Francisco and raised in New Orleans, Joel Ray became interested in magic at age six. On his eighth birthday Joel received a magic set and has been doing magic ever since.

A little later in his life Joel became interested in comedy. As the years went by he got seriously interested in comedy to the point that by the time he left for college, his record collection was 80% comedy albums. After graduating from college, Joel moved to Los Angeles living there on two occasions for three years each time. He had some success writing jokes for comedians, but soon realised he wanted to keep his best comedy material for himself.

One of the main things that makes Joel different from other magicians is that he is funny. Joel's performances, whether stand up or close up, are sprinkled with his original comedy. These days Joel performs at upscale private parties and other special events including high-level corporate events.