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Fred Maldino

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Fred Maldino
BornFriedrich Mahlo
September 9, 1911
Berlin, Germany
DiedMay 7, 2003 (age 91)

Fred Maldino was a professional German magician starting in 1930 and toured throughout Europe.

He became interested in card tricks at the age of 12 which helped him overcome his shyness in front of his classmates. His father supported him and took him to Conradi, where he became familiar with the classic works.

During the economic crisis in Germany in 1929, Maldino turned to of magic and by 1930 he was performing as a professional magician. After the war and being released as a British prisoner of war, he built new equipment, props and illusions, and formed a new show with which he traveled throughout Germany.

By the the 1960s, he appeared only sporadically while working in film and television as a consultant for magic effects. After retiring from the stage, he worked as a professional writer and published self-published many papers on the history of magic and famous magician.[1]


  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, page 193
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 91, No. 981, December 1997, This is your Life, Maldino master illusionist, page 246
  • Wittus Witts magischewelt, Vol. 50, No. 6, December 2001, Es war immer etwas dran – Fred und Mara Maldino, page 299
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 97, No. 1043, June 2003, Obituary FRIEDRICH MAHLO MIMC, page 199
  • Magie, Vol. 69, No. 1, January 1989 (Zeitschrift des Magischen Zirkels v. Deutschland), Präsidenten-Medaille für Fred Maldino, page 25
  • Magie, Vol. 70, No. 1, January 1990 (Zeitschrift des Magischen Zirkels v. Deutschland), Magie Interview – Maldino, page 5
  • Magie, Vol. 76, No. 10, October 1996 (Zeitschrift des Magischen Zirkels v. Deutschland), Maldino – Ein Interview zum 85. Geburtstag, by Frank Musilinski, page 422
  • Magie, Vol. 83, 2003 (Zeitschrift des Magischen Zirkels v. Deutschland), Obituary, p 292