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Hans Trixer

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Hans Trixer
BornHans Elsbach
July 26, 1921
Dortmund, Germany
DiedSeptember 23, 1994 (age 73)
New Orleans, Louisiana
CategoriesBooks by Hans Trixer

Hans E. Trixer (1921-1994) was a jeweller and amateur closeup magician.


He learned magic in 1936 from the original German printing of Ottokar Fischer's Illustrated Magic.

Trixer dropped the first part of his surname just prior to moving to Holland in 1939 to escape the Nazi movement. He was rounded up by Hitler's genocidal regime after the invasion of the Netherlands and spent the war in concentration camps.

Despite his training as a jeweler, after the liberation Trixer took a job with Henk Vermeyden's magic studio and edited the Triks magazine.

He lived in Holland until 1952 when he moved to Zimbabwe (then Southern Rhodesia) where he was a jewelery company director.

He invented the glass "Soap Bubbles" in 1949 and wrote articles in MUM, Gen, Pentagram, Genii, Arcane, and Epoptica. His routines also appeared in Lewis Ganson's Routined Manipulation Finale, Corinda's Thirteen Steps to Mentalism, and Paul Curry's Special Effects

He died in New Orleans while visiting the United States of a massive coronary.



  • FISM Close-up Grand Prix (1949)