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BornHelmut Ewald Schreiber
January 23, 1903
Fornsbach near Stuttgart, Germany
DiedDecember 24, 1963 (age 60)
Gaildorf, Württemberg, Germany

Kalanag (January 23, 1903 - December 24, 1963) was born Helmut Ewald Schreiber in Germany. He developed an illusion show picking the stage name from the East Indian word kala nag (from Kipling's Jungle Tales) meaning "black snake", thinking that outside of Germany people might find Schreiber hard to pronounce. During the war, Kalanag was closely associated with members of the Nazi party including Goebbels, Göring and Hitler.


He was president of the German Magic Circle leading up to World War II and began is career working in films.

His show was said to have elaborate sets, consisting of many costume changes and made use of confederates. He was noted for Levitation illusion.

The "Who's Who in Magic" page in the September 1931 of the Sphinx, he reports his birthday as January 23, 1893.

His performing troupe consisted of his wife, Gloria De Vos and 40 other persons. A portion of his mammoth production was on the Ed Sullivan Show.

He was editor of the German magic magazine, Die Magie.[1][2][3]


  • Der Magier Erzählt Sein Leben, (autobiography, "The magician tells his life"), published by Blüchert Verlag (1962).


  1. Kalanag - An Autobiography translated by Irene Larsen, from October 1963 to August 1965 in Genii.
  2. Cover Genii 1956 March
  3. Cover and obit Genii 1964 January
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  • The Sphinx, Vol. 30 No. 7, September, 1931, Who's Who In Magic, page 304
  • Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 12, No. 9, November 1932, HELMUT SCHREIBER, page 700
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 19, No.11, January 1940, HELMUT SCHREIBER, Berlin-Steglitz, page 863
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 25, No. 10, December 1945, BRITISH RINGINGS, By Win. G. Stickland - MAGIC FOR NAZIS, page 86
  • Goodliffe's Abracadabra, Vol. 13, No. 321, March 1952, Kalanag in the time of his residence of the MZvD, page 129
  • Hugard's Magical Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 9, February 1956, OUT OF MY PROFOUNDE, By Arthur Leroy, KALANAG, “King of Komedy”, page 392
  • The New Phoenix, No. 347, ca. 1957, KALANAG and his magical revue, “Sim Sala Bim” with Gloria de Vos, by Sid Lorraine, page 211
  • The Linking Ring Vol. 44, No. 1, January 1964, Broken Wand HELMUT SCHREIBER (KALANAG), page 101
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 58, No. 646, February 1964, KALANAG (Helmut Ewald Schreiber) 1903-1963, By Peter Warlock, page 78
  • Magie (Magischer Zirkel v. Deutschland), Vol. 63, No. 12, Dezember 1983, KALANAG, (Essay on the occasion of Kalanag’s death, 20 years ago on December 24, 1963), page 354
  • Magie (Magischer Zirkel v. Deutschland), Vol. 65, No. 9/10, September/Oktober 1985, Special Kalanag Edition
  • Magische Welt, Vol. 48, No. 1, März 1999, Kaleidoskop, Kalanag und die verschwindenden Banknoten, by Richard Hatch, page 44
  • Magische Welt, Vol. 52, No. 2, April 2003, „Mein Präsident“, Der zweite Aspekt der Person Helmut Schreibers, page 101
  • Magische Welt, Vol. 57, No. 6, November 2008, Magisches Flair, by Bettina Albrod, page 350, Ingeborg Herzog: “Ich war Tänzerin bei Kalanag”, page 351
  • Magische Welt, Vol. 61, No. 6, November 2012, Kaleidoskop, Es geht um den Zuwachs an Macht, Kalanag: ein opportunistischer Mitläufer?, page 246
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Schreiber, Helmut Ewald = Kalanag, dt. Zauberkünstler (*23.01.1903 Fornsbach b. Stuttgart; †24.12.1963 Gaildorf, Württemberg), p. 305