Karl Edler

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Karl Edler

ca. 1900
BornJanuary 15, 1877
Vienna, Austria
DiedMarch 16, 1945 (age 68)
Baden near Vienna, Austria
Resting placeCemetery of Baden near Vienna

Karl Edler (1877-1945) was a professional ventriloquist and amateur close-up magician.


Edler, early in his youth, had the desire to become an actor. He began his career as ventriloquist, accompanied by a puppet Nicki. He appeared mainly in Austrian and German vaudeville theaters and was very successful. But, his great passion was micro magic (close-up) which were mainly presented in drawing rooms. He performed mainly effects of the mental category such as ESP or predictions.

Edler settled 1940 in Berlin, Germany, but World War II destroyed Edler’s career. He got an engagement of entertaining troops and on a Norwegian steamer was working on sunk March 3, 1941 after a torpedo hit. Edler was saved and brought into a detention camp where his health worsened. In 1943 he was released in an exchange of prisoners to Germany.

Edler tried a comeback but his health got worse and died March 16, 1945 shortly before the end of WWII age 68 in Baden near Vienna.[1][2]


  1. Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler by Stephan Oettermann,Sibylle Spiegel (2002)
  2. Auf den Spuren Karl Edlers - ein Streifzug durch die magische Literatur (In the footsteps of Charles Edler - A journey through the magical literature) by Olaf Güthling (April 2012)

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