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Karl Germain

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Karl Germain

Cover of Genii (2002)
BornCharles Mattmueller
February 12, 1878
Cleveland, Ohio
DiedAugust 9, 1959 (age 81)
Resting placeRiverside Cemetary, outside of Cleveland

Karl Germain (1878-1959) began his magic career as a boy in Ohio and was touring professionally by the age of twenty. He toured the Great Britain and Ireland as "The American Wizard". He was nicknamed Karl by his school teachers, because there were too many Charles in the school.


He retired for the first time from performing when his sister Ida died (who was his second person in his two-person mentalism act) and went to study law. In 1914, after graduating, he opened a law practice. He still performed periodically, but started booking his one time assistant, Paul Fleming whom he taught to preform his repertoire.

In 1916, returned to performing, when Fleming went to pursue his own carer, but only for a short time as he soon started loosing his eyesight and eventually became blind.

David Ben's reproduces Germain's Egyptian Water Jars and Blooming Rose Bush in his act "The Conjuror". [1] [2] [3]

Note: Last name also seen as "Germaine"



  1. Genii, Vol. 24, No. 1, September 1959, Obituaries, Karl Germain, page 6
  2. Hugard's MAGIC Monthly, Vol. XVII, No. 5, October 1959, KARL GERMAIN, page 53
  3. Cover Story Genii, Vol. 65, No. 5, May 2002, Glimpses of Germain, by Todd Karr, page 26, A Timeline of Karl Germain's Life, Assembled by Torkova, page 33
  4. Goodliffe's Abracadabra, Vol. 34, No. 883, December 1962, Books, page 416
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 39, No. 7, September 1959, Karl Germain by Stuart Cramer, page 19, The Secretary Reports, Broken Wand, Karl Germain (Mattmueller), page 90
  • M-U-M, Vol. 98, No. 7, December 2008, The Economist Magician by Robert Kirkwood Spencer, page 65