Philip Breslaw

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Philip Breslaw
Born1726
in or near Berlin, Prussia
DiedMay 16, 1803
NationalityGerman

Philip Breslaw (1726 - 1803) was a professional German magician of Jewish descent who moved to Great Britain around the age of 33 around 1759s.

Biography

He apparently started his career in Ireland and then moved to London.

Famous for featuring a mind reading act. Breslaw also did tricks with cards, watches, rings, sleeve buttons, purses, swords, cards, dice and silver medals. Travelled extensively Great Britain for at least 44 years. He bitterly rivalled with Philip Astley and Giuseppe Pinetti.

Houdini, in The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin (1908), quoted newspaper clippings in his collection, dated 1781, showing that Breslaw featured the "Cabalistic Clock" and demonstrations of "Second-Sight".

His death had been reported 3 times: in 1783, 1794 and 1803. Only the latter year is the exact one.

He was inducted into the Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame and Magic Museum.

Books


References

  • M-U-M, Vol. 10, No. 2, July 1920, BRESLAW, One of the Great Mystifiers of the Eighteenth Century, by Houdini, page 7
  • M-U-M, Vol. 10, No. 3, July 1920, BRESLAW, One of the Great Mystifiers of the Eighteenth Century (continued), by Houdini, page 13
  • M-U-M, Vol. 10, No. 5, July 1920, BRESLAW, One of the Great Mystifiers of the Eighteenth Century (continued), by Houdini, page 26
  • Genii Magazine, Vol. 25, No. 6, February 1961, Dave Price Writes From Egiptian Hall Musseum Nashville, Tennessee, about Philip Breslaw and Chevalier Pinetti, page 275
  • The New Tops, Vol. 24, No. 8, August 1984, Man of Magic, Philip Breslaw, by Robert Olson, page 42
  • Geschichte der Zauberkunst, 35. Folge, 2000, Breslaw, page 72
  • The Annals of Conjuring, 2001, Breslaw, page 161
  • Pietro Micheli, "They lived by tricks - Palatino, Palatine, Breslaw, Boaz and others", published by the author, Italy, 2012, pp. 65-160.
  • www.theylivedbytricks.comuv.com
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