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Carl Zamloch

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Carl Zamloch
BornCarl Eugene Zamloch
October 6, 1889
Oakland, California
DiedAugust 19, 1963 (age 73)
Santa Barbara, California
Resting placeSunset View Cemetery, El Cerrito, California
CategoriesBooks by Carl Zamloch

Carl Eugene Zamloch (1889–1963) was a major league baseball pitcher, professional magician, and head coach of the University of California baseball and soccer teams.


Zamloch worked as a magician for many years. In the off-season from baseball, he toured the country performing a magic act. His father was professional magician Antone Zamloch who performed under the name "Zamloch the Great" and "Professor Zamloch") in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century.[1]

In 1937, Carl Zamloch published a book, "17 Simple but Mystifying Tricks to Entertain Your Friends," under the pseudonym "The Great Zam." The book was a pamphlet published by Signal Oil Co. as a premium. Zamloch was one of the first modern magicians known for performing the "Card on the Ceiling" trick, doing it while in his teens.[2]

A biography of baseball player (and amateur magician) Joe Abreu reports that he first became interested in magic when Zamloch put on a magic show at McClymond’s High School in 1932.

In his later years, he worked as a sales executive and legislative consultant for the Signal Oil and Gas Company. He died of a stroke at the age of 73 in Santa Barbara, California, in 1963. He is buried at Sunset View Cemetery, El Cerrito, California.



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