David Bamberg

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David Bamberg (February 19, 1904 - August 19, 1974) was the son of Theo Bamberg born in Great Britain but raised in the United States. He was the last of the seven generation family of magiciansm, performing under the name Fu Manchu.

He toured with the Raymond Show with his wife (an assistant) doing his shadowgraphy act using his first magic name was SYKO.

Like his father, he performed in Oriental costume, under the name Fu Manchu (and as Fu Chan in the U.S because of copyright infringement). He debuted as "Fu Manchu" in Buenos Aires on March 1, 1929.

He was very successful in South America and became one of the best known illusionist there.

David wrote the chapter "Stage Presentation" in Hilliard's Greater Magic.

In collaboration with Edmund Spreer, he invented:

  • Isis Illusion (variation of Chung Ling Soo's Mahatma Illusion)
  • The Chinese Strangulation Rack, Variation on the Book of Life Illusion
  • The "Little Stinkhouse"
  • Fu Manchu Cremation
  • Modified Triangle Illusion
  • Fu Manchu Spirit Cabinet
  • Canvas Covered Trunk Substitution
  • The Monkey Cage (Gorilla Vanish)
  • The Robot
  • The Pit and the Pendulum
  • The Fan Illusion
  • The Chinese Bazaar
  • The Geisha Illusion
  • Fu Manchu Duck Vanish
  • The Lantern Illusion (Atomic Woman).


  • Illusion Show - A Life in Magic by David Bamberg (1988) (The autobiography of David Bamberg)
  • Illusion Builder To Fu Manchu by Edmund Spreer & Robert E. Olson (1986)

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