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BornJohan Moller
August 20, 1857
Helsingborg, Sweden
DiedJune 12, 1900 (age 42)
Joao Pessoa, capital of Paraiba, Brazil

Balabrega (1857-1900), born Johan Moller in Helsingborg in Sweden, performed at evening parties and entertaining the various Swedish societies in Brooklyn, New York, and started on a tour of South America.


He emigrated to the U.S. at age eleven and started performing at an early age with his father as the Swedish Wonder and the Boy Magician. He developed a two person mentalism act with his wife, Emily Linderm.

Balabrega was killed on stage by an exploding gas stage light on June 12, 1900 in Pernambuco, Brazil.[1][2]


  1. Cover, Mahatma, Vol. 4, No. 2, August 1900, Balabrega is death, page 385
  2. Tragic Magic by Joshua Jay, Gibeciere Summer 2010
  • Stanyon’s Magic, Vol. 1, No. 6, March 1901, Items of Interest – Balabrega was killed recently, page 49
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 20, No. 7, September 1921, Adventures in Magic, by Henry R. Evans – Balabrega, page 240
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 4, No 1, 1926 nd., Reminiscences of a Magician, by Frederick Eugene Powell, Balabrega, page 15
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 28, No. 12, February 1949, Lithography, Balabrega, page 26
  • The New Tops, Vol. 2, No. 11, November 1962, Entre Nous by "Dorny" – Balabrega, page 11
  • The New Tops, Vol. 34, No. 10, October 1994, Men of Magic, by Robert Olson – Balabrega, page 39
  • M-U-M, Vol. 95, No. 10, March 2006, THE NIELSEN GALLERY, BALABREGA, by Richard Hatch, page 82
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Miller, John M. „Bal“ = Balabrega; The Boy Magician, schwed. Zauberkünstler (*20.08.1857 Hälsingborg; †20.06.1900 Pernambuco, Brasilien, Unfall), page 236