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Herr Dobler

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Herr Dobler
BornGeorge William Smith Buck
circa 1836
Newark, Nottinghamshire, England
DiedMarch 21, 1904 (age 67)
Aberdeen, Scotland
Resting placeAllen Vale Cemetery, Aberdeen

Herr Dobler (1836-1904), the son of magician Professor Buck, was the stage name of Aberdeen magician George William S. Buck. [1]


He started as an assistant to Dr. Shaw. Known among old-time magicians as "Smith of Bristol", he assumed the name of Herr Dobler and slyly gave out the impression that he was related to Ludwig Dobler (1801-1864).[2]

He was considered by Prof. Herwinn as one of the cleverest sleight-of-hand performers before the public in his day. he entertainments in Bristol were always well supported, and on many occasions were the old Athenceurn and the first Colston Hall crowded with delighted audiences. In other parts of the country he was an equally sure draw.[3]


  • Expose of the Davenport Brothers (1869)


  1. Mahatma, May 1904
  2. Conjurers' Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2 No. 1, Sept. 1907
  3. Stanyon's Magic, April, 1904