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Chevalier Ernest Thorn

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Chevalier Ernest Thorn
BornMoses Abraham Thorn
September 22, 1853
Jaroslau, former Austria, now Poland
DiedMay 21, 1928 (age 74)
Leipzig, Germany

Chevalier Ernest Thorn (1853-1928) was a touring magician and inventor.[1]


After first being an assistant to Bellachini, he made extensive tours of Europe, America, and the Orient.

He was assisted by his wife Julia.[2]

His act, "An Hour in Dreamland", introduced a number of his creations. Among his innovations was the cremation illusion in which his assistant vanished in flames as she stood within an asbestos curtain. Another was "Noah's Ark" in which a model of the Ark, first shown empty, produced various animals, climaxing in the production of Noah's wife.[3]

Thorn died in Leipzig, Germany.


  • The Sarcophagus
  • Toiza-Wonnda
  • Caliph of Bagdad
  • Mystery of Lahore
  • Casket of Cagliostro
  • Karma Sutra vs. Benares
  • Noah's Ark
  • Rapid Transit
  • Kati-Hony
  • Attawar
  • Floating Yoge
  • Travankor


  1. History of Conjuring and Magic by Henry Ridgely Evans (1928)
  2. Cover, The Sphinx, Vol. 9, No. 4, June 1910, Madame Julia Thorn, page 79
  3. Knack Magic Tricks by Richard Kaufman (2010)
  • Cover, Stanyon's Magic, Vol. 5, No. 2, November 1904, Ernest Thorn, Illusionist, page 9
  • Cover, The Sphinx, Vol. 6, No. 1, March 1907, Biographical, Chevalier Ernest Thorne, page 3
  • Cover, The Sphinx, Vol. 8, No. 11, January 1910, Chevalier Ernest Thorn, page 215
  • The American Magician, Vol. 2, No. 10, January 1911, Chevalier Ernst Thorn, by Ottokar Fisher, page 131
  • The Magic Wand, Vol. 3, No. 25, September 1912, Descriptive Programme as Performed by Chevalier Ernest Thorn & Mrs. Thorn at Alhambra Theatre, London August, 1912, page 399
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 8, No. 5, July 1928, Chevalier Ernest Thorn Deceased, by Ottokar Fischer, page 375
  • The Annals of Conjuring, by Sydney W. Clarke (1929, reprint 2001), 12. Conjurors Yesterday and To-day - Thorn, page 366
  • Genii Magazine, Vol. 18, No. 1, September 1953, Drinks From Pitchers (a Chronological History), by Jay Palmer, Section One - Chevalier Ernest Thorn, page 16
  • Magische Welt, Vol. 56, No. 3, Juni 2007, Historisches, Ein Urenkel von „Chevalier Ernest Thorn“ auf den Spuren der Geschichte - Oh Henry!, by John Thorn, page 160
  • M-U-M, Vol. 97, No. 6, November, 2007, THE NIELSEN GALLERY, Chevalier Ernest Thorn, by Günther Dammann, page 70
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Thorn, Ernest, (Chevalier) eig. Abraham Moses Thorn österr. Zauberkünstler (22.09.1853 Jaroslaw, Galizien; †21.05.1928 Leipzig, Freitod), page 339