Eugene Verbeck

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Eugene Verbeck
BornEugene-Laurant Verbeke
November 3, 1844
Landrecies, France
Diedcirca 1905 (age 61)
New York
NationalityFrench

Eugene Verbeck (1844-1905), was the stage name of the French magician Eugene-Laurant Verbeke. He became a familiar figure on the stages of Paris, appearing at venues such as the Folies-Bergère and Eldorado.

Biography

In 1883 he toured Finland, and prior to his arrival in Britain, around 1885, had been playing a season at the Théâtre des Nouveautés in Paris.

In England, Verbeck performed Second Sight with Mademoiselle Marguerit, who also performed other mentalism type effects.

He was later employed by P. T. Barnum and made several tours in the United States and retired in New York.

An example of his program included[1]:

  1. Cards passed up the sleeve.
  2. Multiplication of money, or The Banker (a certain number of coins counted out, then a few more passed invisibly to join them).
  3. A glove fired from a pistol and produced from a spectator's coat.
  4. The torn and restored card fired on to a bottle.
  5. The programme, envelopes and ring trick (a programme transformed into a nest of envelopes, a borrowed ring vanished and found in innermost envelope).
  6. The diminishing cards.
  7. Three cards selected, the number of pips found to correspond with answer to a sum previously put down by the spectators.
  8. Various articles of jewellery vanished from a box and' caught one at a time in the hand from the air.
  9. The paper cone and production of flowers.
  10. A handkerchief passed from a paper cone to a glass casket.
  11. Sleights with a cork ball.
  12. Several cards selected, the total number of pips appears on a slate previously shown clean on both sides.
  13. Selected cards produced at any number in the pack.
  14. Production of a shower of cards from spectator's clothing.

References

  1. PROGRAMMES OF MAGICIANS by J.F. Burroughs Detailing programs from 1864 to 1893
  • The Wizard (P. T. Selbit), Vol. 1, No. 5, January 1906, The late M. Verbeck, page 65
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 19, No. 9, November 1939, Magicians Who Have Disappeared, by Dr. Henry R. Evans, II – Verbeck, page 666
  • Goodliffe's Abracadabra, Vol. 18, No. 446, August 1954, Magic Panorama, by J. B. Findlay, Verbeck, page 57
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 67, No. 748, December 1973, A French Magician in Victorian England, by the Late J. B. Findlay, page 336
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 89, No. 957, August 1995, A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities, by Edwin A. Dawes, 213. Eugene Verbeck and Mademoiselle De Marguerit in London, page 128
  • The Complete Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities No. 213 by Edwin Dawes
  • Magic: A Pictorial History of Conjurers in the Theater by David Price (1985)
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Verbeck, Eugène eig. Eugène Lorant Verbeck, frz. Zauberkünstler (*03.11.1844, [05.11.1844] Landrecies, Nordfrankreich; †00.08.1905), page 354, Verbeck, Eugène, Jun. frz. Zauberkünstler (*c. 1885, †1915), page 354
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