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Hen Fetsch

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Hen Fetsch
BornRowland Howard Fetsch
July 9, 1912
Baltimore, Maryland
DiedJanuary 1, 1961 (age 48)
Baltimore, Maryland
Resting placeLorraine Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland
CategoriesBooks by Hen Fetsch

Hen Fetsch (1912-1961), a boyhood friend of Milbourne Christopher, was a prolific inventor of magic. He published books as Maryland Magic Studio.


While working during the day for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Fetsch created numerous tricks including Silk Epic, Rope Epic and Mental Epic. He also invented many magic effect with his partner Gene Gordon.

His "Rope Session with Hen Fetsch" (England, 1954) and "Quad Ropelets" routine (USA, 1955) became the inspiration for the classic Professor's Nightmare effect.[1][2]



  1. Fetsching Magic: The Life and Legacy of "Hen" Fetsch by Robert Spencer (2007)
  2. Obit Genii 1961 February
  • M-U-M, Vol. 42, No. 1, June 1952, "HEN" FETSCH magician-of-the-month by LESLIE GUEST, page 12
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 32, No. 9, November 1952, Meet "Hen" Fetsch by Milbourne Christopher, page 20
  • The New Tops, Vol. 1, No 1. January 1961, 1912 - Hen Fetsch - 1961, page 4
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 40, No. 12, February 1961, A Letter To Hen From Gene, January 1, 1961, page 21-22, Hen Fetsch's Creative Mind At Rest by Milbourne Christopher, page 23-26, Hen Fetsch Was My Friend by Paul Heese, page 60, 99, Broken Wand HENRY NICHOLAS FETSCH, page 95
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 60, No. 12, December 1980, Memorial Parade Hen Fetsch "Who’s Fooling Who", Compiled by Harvey Van Buskirk, page 63, OPENING MAGIC, pages 66-88
  • M-U-M, Vol. 96, No. 1, June 2006, EPIC HERO by Robert Kirkwood Spencer, page 71, HEN CROSSES THE ATLANTIC, page 73, The Magical Triumvirate, page 74
  • Category:Books published by Maryland Magic Studio