|Born||October 28, 1846|
|Died||May 15, 1900 (age 53) |
New York City
Prof. Otto Maurer had for twenty-eight years made apparatus for magicians at No. 321 Bowery, in New York City.
He was a graduate of a German university and came originally from Berlin. He started out as a tinsmith creating shades for oil lamps. Then beginning in the 1872 Maurer established a magic shop where he sold his prepared props as wells as gave lessons (in four different languages.)
According to Mr. Selbit's book, The Magician's Handbook, Maurer was the first to teach the Back Palm to American magicians, which he had learned it from a Mexican gambler.
He also performed at private engagements. A review in the New York Herald (December 15, 1883) stated "Prof. Otto Maurer's magical entertainment last evening was the best of the season without doubt. The professor performed feasts never performed by any other, and stands without rival."
He was attacked by cancer and constantly suffered severe pain. The small fortune which he had laid aside was spent for medical advice and hospital fees. He was in the Post-Graduate Hospital and was eventually moved to Blackwell's Island where he died. He had a wife, two daughters and a son.
References and External Links
- Cover - The Boy Magician, Vol. 1, No. 8 (November 1909)