Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser

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Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser
Born(1806-06-19)June 19, 1806
DiedMarch 11, 1875(1875-03-11) (aged 68)

Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser (June 19, 1806 – March 11, 1875) was an Austrian-Hungarian magician and illusionist. He used the moniker "Dr. Hofzinser" as a stage name after retiring in 1865.[citation needed]

Ottokar Fischer spread the story that upon his death in 1875, Hofzinser's wife destroyed many of his manuscripts to honor her husband's instructions though there is some dispute about this.[citation needed] Many of his mechanical plans and card-handling methods may forever remain a secret. Several of Hofzinser's pupils preserved portions of their teacher's notes and instructions. There are still about 270 manuscripts and letters of his own and of his pupils in various collections.[citation needed]

He is portrayed by Philip McGough,in the 2006 movie The Illusionist, starring Edward Norton, Jessica Biel and Paul Giamatti.


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