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Jochen Zmeck

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Jochen Zmeck
BornHans-Joachim Zmeck
May 28, 1929
Berlin-Hohenschönhausen, Germany
DiedMay 8, 2012 (age 82)

Jochen Zmeck (1929-2012), the patriarch of German Magic, was a consultant, magic judge and author (of over 50 books).


His first magic show was at 14 years old, before he went on to become a teacher. After the World War II he taught chemistry in Bernau, a small town north east of Berlin, and would often show a magic trick if the class did well.

Zmeck worked for an East German movie company, DEFA, as a consultant and as an actor playing a magician in children specials. With his wife Helma as his stage assistant they traveled around the world performing starting in 1962.

In 1997 a serious accident put a stop to his many activities, retiring to a small village next to Bernau called Rüdnitz. He became an honorary member of the German Magic Circle, the Magic Circle of Israel, The magic circles of Moscow, and the Austrian Graz.[1][2]


  • "Writers of the Year", Magic Circle (1991)


  • Das Handbuch der Magie (The Handbook of Magic, 1978) ISBN 978-3800408573
  • Wunderwelt Magie (Wonder World of Magic, 1982, ISBN 3-8004-1017-6
  • Zaubern mit Zmeck (Spells with Zmeck, 2007) ISBN 978-3-00-022098-2
  • Kartenkunststücke für Jedermann. Verblüffende Tricks leicht gemacht (Card tricks for everyone. Amazing tricks made ​​easy.)
  • Das große Buch der Magie (The Big Book of Magic)


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  • Magische Welt, Vol. 61, No. 3, May/June 2012, Jochen Zmeck: 28. Mai 1929 – 8. Mai 2012, Zauberei: eine kunstfertige Täuschung, page 96
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Zmeck, Hans-Joachim "Jochen", page 382