Max Auzinger

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Max Auzinger (July 26, 1839 - May 11, 1928) was a German actor and magician, born in Bavaria. Max performed as the Oriental character "Ben Ali Bey". He also billed himself briefly as "Maxitan A-Uzin-Ger".

Max is credited with the discovery of Black art. Around 1875, he discovered the principle by accident while watching a black-faced actor playing a scene set in a dark dungeon. Only the man's white teeth and eyes were visible when watching from the stage.

He used it in his shows:

  • "Indian and Egyptian Miracles"
  • "The Magnetized Drawing" where a skeleton drawn on a blackboard began to dance to music.
  • "The Creation of Woman by the Gods of the Orient," in which a caterpillar drawn on a sheet of paper comes to life.
  • "The Soap-Bubbles" where colored soap-bubbles of different sizes floated and formed themselves into a pyramid.

He acted in numerous black and white silent films from 1913 - 1920.

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