|Born||Giovanni Bartolomeo Bosco
January 3, 1793
|Died||March 7, 1863
When he was nineteen years old, he was drafted into Napoleon's Army. In 1812, Bosco was wounded during the Battle of Borodino by a Cossack lancer. He pretended to be dead as he noticed someone searching the dead bodies for loot. The looter went through Bosco's things while at the same time Bosco picked the looter's pocket. Bosco was taken prisoner in Siberia and entertained the other prisoners and the guards with his magic.
After the war, he returned home to Turin in 1814, and studied medicine for a short time. Bosco went on to perform his magic for the ruler of Russia as well as the heads of state of Prussia, Sweden, and France.
- Magic - A Pictorial History of Conjurers in the Theater by David Price 1985
- Illustrated History of Magic by Milbourne Christopher 1973