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Felix Herrmann

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Felix Herrmann (1881-1938), born Felix Kretchmann in London, performed as "The Great Herrmann", "Herrmann the Great" and "The Great and Only Herrmann".

Felix Herrmann

Cover of Sphinx (Nov 1912)
BornFelix Kretchmann
February 21, 1881
London, England
DiedNovember 10, 1938 (age 57)
New Orleans, Louisiana

For many years he was with his uncle Alexander Herrmann. After his death he traveled with Adelaide Herrmann and with his brother John was of great assistance to her in the act she presented after the departure of Leon Herrmann.

Felix legally changed his name to Alfred Herrmann in Chicago, May 20, 1918. He had been billing himself as "The Great Herrmann" and "Herrmann the Great" for 14 years prior to that date. His aunt fought with him over using the name.[1]

He settled down in New Orleans in 1928 where he died in comparative poverty. Members of the IBM in New Orleans conducted his funeral services.


Nephew of Alexander Herrmann and Adelaide Herrmann. Married to Gladys Herrmann.


  1. "HERRMANN" NAME FIGHT, Variety, March 18, 1921.