July 26, 1839
|Died||May 11, 1928 (age 88) |
Max Auzinger (July 26, 1839 - May 11, 1928) was a German actor and magician, who o performed as the Oriental character "Ben Ali Bey". He also billed himself briefly as "Maxitan A-Uzin-Ger".
Auzinger 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 until 1920.