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Chevalier Ernest Thorn

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Chevalier Ernest Thorn (September 22, 1855 - May 21, 1928), born in Jaroslau, Austria, was a touring magician and inventor.[1]

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

His act called "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.[2]

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. Knack Magic Tricks by Richard Kaufman (2010)