September 15, 1851
Germany (near the Russian border)
|Died||June 27, 1934 (age 82) |
Louis Krieger, known as "Pop" and "Professor", was a magician that performed on the lyceum and chautauqua circuit, renowned for his mastery of the cups and balls. He billed himself as "The Merry Wizard".
Krieger move to the United States around 1885. By 1890, Prof. Krieger was known as the society entertainer of New York. On a number of occasions, Frank Ducrot pass himself off as Krieger to fulfill engagements he could not find time to fulfill in person.  He also would bill himself as The Russian Conjurer.
From 1895 to 1899, Krieger was at the Thalia Theatre, Tony Pastor's and Huber's, billed as Professor Kruger.