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Baron Hartwig Seeman

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Baron Hartwig Seeman (1833 - 1884), born in Sweden, toured the world as Professor Seeman, "The Emperor of Magicians".

Baron Hartwig Seeman
BornJune 3, 1833
DiedMarch 25, 1884 (age 50)


Seeman parents died in 1844 when he was only ten. As an adult, with some small boxes of tricks he constructed himself and thirty dollars, he started in 1860 on a tour as a conjurer. Within a year, he earned enough money to buy more apparatus. While in Sweden and Norway he exhibited his Sphinx Illusion.

He later gained quite a name in India, being the first of modern conjurers to visit that country. He returned to Germany with apparatus all of solid silver, and was considered the richest magician of his time. He appeared in his act literally covered with diamonds, and the suit that he wore on the stage was valued at 50,000 marks.

Later he traveled to the United States in the beginning of 1880 and died in Texas in 1884. Some credit him for the levitation illusion Aga (1880).[1]

His son, Adolph Seeman, carried on the entertainment after the death of his father, and the levitation illusion which he called "Electra".


  1. Around the World with a Magician and a Juggler by Hardin J. Burlingame (1891)