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Carl Willmann

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Carl Willmann
BornCarl Christian Hellmuth Fritz Willmann
August 17, 1849
Waren, Mecklenburg, Germany
DiedFebruary 16, 1934 (age 84)
Hamburg Blankenese, Germany

Carl (Karl) Willmann (1849-1934) was a very well known German manufacturer of magical apparatus and writer in Hamburg. He established his mechanical workshop for making magical apparatus, automatons, and illusions in 1872.


In 1895 he established the first German-language monthly magic periodical Die Zauberwelt. His son John Willmann soon joined him in the business.

Theo Bamberg was his agent in the United States for selling his goods. With Theo, he invented the Fall-apart Box (around 1908).

He retired from the business in 1914, turning it over to his son John. It was eventually taken over by Janos Bartl (with John as a partner).

The families long connection with magic continued with Walter Willman (in Chicago).[1]


  • Moderne Wunder (1886)
  • Moderne Salon-Magie (1891)
  • Der Gedächtniskünstler als Hellseher (1891)
  • Illustrierte magische Bibliothek (6 vols) (1900)
  • Telepathische Unterrichtsbriefe (c.l920)
  • Das Programm eines modernen Zauberkünstlers (c.1920)


  1. Mahatma Vol 6, No 9 (March 1903)
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  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 14. 1, No. 1, March 1934, IN MEMORIAM Carl Willmann, page 31
  • The Perennial Mystics, Vol. 1, ca. 1983, CARL WILLMANN, page 29
  • The Magic of Germany, German Laboratories of Legerdemain (1994), Werner Johannsen, The Willmann's, Producers of Magic Apparatus and Creators of Illusions
  • Magie (Magischer Zirkel v. Deutschland), Vol. 74, Nr. 2, Februar 1994, MAGIE-Geschichte, Werner Johannsen, Die Willmann's, Zaubergerätehersteller und Illusionsbauer, page 58
  • Collection Adolphe Blind "Le Professeur Magicus" by Schuster, Peter (2007), WILLMANN, Carl (*17.8.1849, †16.2.1934), page 172
  • Magische Welt, Vol. 60, Nr. 4, Juli/August 2010, Wo ist das Willmann Denkmal? by Marco Habermann, page 176
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Willmann, Carl Christian Hellmuth Fritz dt. Zauberkünstler; Zauberartikelhändler (*17.08.1849 Waren Mecklenburg; †16.03.1934 Hamburg), page 371