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Chevalier Ernest Thorn

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Chevalier Ernest Thorn (1855 - 1928) was a touring magician and inventor.[1]

Chevalier Ernest Thorn
BornErnest Thorn
September 22, 1855
Jaroslau, Austria
DiedMay 21, 1928 (age 72)
Leipzig, Germany

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 of Sphinx, April, 1910
  3. Knack Magic Tricks by Richard Kaufman (2010)