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Peter Heinz Kersten

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For the magician born Peter Lehmann, see Peter Kersten
Peter Heinz Kersten
BornPeter Stockhammer
August 27, 1929
Vienna, Austria
DiedJanuary 18, 2004 (age 74)
Vienna, Austria
Resting placeOttakringer Friedhof, Vienna

Peter Heinz Kersten (1929-2004) was an Austrian magician and Vienna song interpreter.


In 1938 Kersten became a member of the Catholic boarding school Wiener Sängerknaben.

In 1944 he started to study dentistry which he finished with a state examination in 1954. One year later he opened a dental practice.

Parallel to his university college, he studied music at the academy of Vienna. His last appearance at a Liederabend in Vienna was in November 2002.

In 1962 he was elected as the president of the Magische Klub Wien which he held until 1989. In 1973 he became president of FISM and in July of 1976 he organized the 13th FISM International Congress in Vienna.

In October 1982 he took part of founding the Austrian parent organization of magicians, the MRA (Magischer Ring Austria). He was elected as the first MRA president, which he held until 1988.

Kersten died in 2004 of a stroke and is buried in the Ottakringer Friedhof in Vienna.


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  • Cover, Genii Magazine, Vol. 40, No. 6, June 1976
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