Franz Czeisler

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Franz Czeisler
Ferenc Czeisler Deutch

(1916-06-29)June 29, 1916
DiedMarch 2, 2016(2016-03-02) (aged 99)
Other namesThe Great Tihany
Spouse(s)Ilona Kovacs (1935-?)

Franz Czeisler (also known as The Great Tihany, June 29, 1916 – March 2, 2016) was a Hungarian circus impresario and illusionist.[1]

Czeisler got his first job in the circus at the age of 12, feeding the animals.[2]

In 1953, Czeisler travelled to Brazil with his wife and son and purchased a big top, which he used to start a circus.[1] This eventually became the Circus Tihany, named after a town on Lake Balaton, Hungary. The Circus Tihany toured every country in Central and South America for over 40 years.



  1. ^ a b "Franz Czeisler, circus impresario - obituary". The Telegraph. 5 April 2015.
  2. ^ Lázár, György (March 7, 2016). "Circus legend Franz Czeisler died in Las Vegas – he survived Horthy's henchmen". Hungarian Free Press.
  3. ^ "Hall of Fame". The Academy of Magical Arts.