Courtesy of the MZvD
|Born||Wilhelm Heinrich Joseph Geilen|
March 14, 1880
|Died||June 9, 1974 (age 94) |
Süderneuland near Norden, Ostfriesland, Germany
His father was a post office employee of Dutch descent. His parents decided he would become a vicar, but at age of 14 he was interested in acting and magic. After performing a magic show his parents decided to put him into a monastery, and Geilen escaped from home. In Holland he found a job as a trapeze artist at Circus Pflöging.
In 1900 he left the circus and became a professional magician in Rotterdam. He specialized in sleight-of-hand and spiritualistic effects.
In 1905 he presented in Holland the phonograph which were unknown at that time and also motion pictures with the cinematograph.
He toured Indonesia, Russia, Hungary and Austria in 1910 and after WW II he toured Germany and Holland.
Geilen became the first president of the Dutch Magic Circle founded 1922 at Rotterdam which he was until 1945.
Since 1964 Geilen was honorary member of the MZvD.
He died June 9, 1974 in Süderneuland near Norden, Ostfriesland.
- "Prof. Melachini-Caligari alias Wilhelm Heinrich Joseph Geilen: geboren am 14. März 1880, gestorben am 9. Juni 1974" by Alfred Czernewitz (1992)
- Obit, Magische Welt Vol. 23, No. 4, Juli/August 1974, Magische Welt aktuell, page 151
- Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Geilen, Wilhelm Heinrich Josef = Prof. Melachini; Melo Smith Les Melachini’s; Dr. Cagliari, holl. Zauberkünstler, page 112
- http://www.magicpromotionclub.ch/Kurzbios%201880-1889.htm, Melachini / Dr. Caligari
- http://www.mzvd.de/ehre_tod.html, Wilhelm Heinrich Joseph Geilen