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Hans Moretti

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Hans Moretti

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BornJohannes Cewe
July 24, 1928
Berkersdorf, Poland (now Ukraine)
DiedMarch 12, 2013 (age 84)
Dillingen/Saar, Germany
Hans Moretti (1928-2013) is a FISM winning mentalist and illusion team with his wife Helga known as The Morettis.


Born Johannes Cewe (sometimes spelt Crewe),Moretti moved to West Germany in 1940 and trained in the circus until 1950. They won first prize for Grand Illusions at FISM in 1976, featuring their Sword Box routine.

In 1979 he won first prize in Mentalism at the FISM Brussels XIV World Championship featuring his Russian Roulette act.

They appeared on Paul Daniels' TV show many times in the 1970s and 80s.

One of his sons, Peter Moretti (born 1957) is an escape artiste working with his wife Sonja and performing many of his father's effects. [1][2]

Other illusions he invented include the Crossbow Escape Illusion and a Paper Tree Suspension (based on the Broom Suspension).


  • Grand Illusions , FISM, 1976
  • Mentalism, FISM Brussels XIV, 1979
  • Academy of Magical Arts Performing Fellowship, 1984.
  • 18 entries in the Guinness Book of Records including the October 1988 record for the Burning Rope Escape.


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  • Magie (Magischer Zirkel v. Deutschland), Vol. 71, No. 6, Juni 1991, Hans Moretti – Illusionist und Sensationsartist, by Eberhard Riese, page 198
  • Magische Welt, Vol. 60, No. 2, März-April 2010, Personalien: Hans Moretti, page 60
  • Genii Magazine, Vol. 76, No. 5, May 2013, Genii Speaks – Hans Moretti has died, page 11
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 93, No. 5, May 2013, Broken Wand, Hans Moretti, page 105
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 107, No. 1162, May 2013, Obituaries, Hans Moretti 24 July 1928-13 March 2013, by Brian Sibley and Matthew Field, page 157
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Cewe, Johannes = Hans Moretti, dt. Zauberkünstler; Sensationsdarsteller (*24.07.1928 Berkersdorf b. Tarnopol, Ukraaine), page 75