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Charles Arbre

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Charles Arbre
BornCarl Baum
January 17, 1846
Olmutz, Austria
DiedNovember 4, 1907 (age 61)

Charles Arbre (b.1846-d.1907), also known as "Ben Azra El Muz", was the stage name of professional magician Carl Baum, who toured Europe in the 1800s.[1]


Charles Arbre came from a good middle-class family. His parents ran a restaurant and hotel.

In addition to magic tricks, he was also very musical. He attended after school, the Prague Conservatory, where he worked as a teacher for a short time. At the same time he was also in private salons physical experimental lectures. His successes were so good that he completely shifted to the magic. He appeared with his colleague Johann Bennisch for a short time together as a magician.

Baum obtained from Max Auzinger, with whom he was in partnership, the secret of Black Art, which he exhibited separately in 1886, using the name Ben Azra El Muz.[2][3]

Arbre played primarily in Austria, Hungary, Turkey and Germany. He also appeared in the Kratky Baschik theater in Vienna.

In the 1880s he retired from the stage and followed the tradition of his parents, becoming a hotel-keeper.


  1. Who's Who in Magic: An International Biographical Guide From Past to Present by Bart Whaley (1990)
  2. The Annals of Conjuring by Sidney W. Clarke (2001)
  3. History of Magic and Magicians By H. J. (Hardin Jasper) Burlingame (1895)