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Samuel Bellachini

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Bellachini (1828 - 1885) was born Samuel Berlach in Poland. He was officer in the Prussian service.

In 1846 he took up magic performing mostly in Germany, winning the title of "Court Conjurer." The story goes that during a performance where Kaiser Wilhelm I was in attendance, Bellachini did his "Magic Inkhorn" effect where a pen would only write on his command. He handed the pen and a sheet of paper to the king, with the request that he write something. When asked what to write, he told him "Bellachini is the Court Conjurer".

A feature of his act, producing eggs from his assistant's mouth, is described in Hoffman's Later Magic.

He also did a side business in magical apparatus, which he sold to amateurs.