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Philip Breslaw

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Philip Breslaw
DiedNovember 10, 1783
CategoriesBooks by Philip Breslaw
Philip Breslaw (1726 - 1783) was a professional German magician that moved to London around the age of 35 in the 1760s.

Perhaps the first magician of note to feature mind reading when he played at the Haymarket Theatre in London in 1781. Breslaw also did tricks with cards, watches, rings, sleeve buttons, purses, swords, cards, dice and silver medals. He is also likely invented 'Clock Dial' in 1777.

Houdini, in The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin (1908), quoted newspaper clippings in his collection, dated 1781, showing that Breslaw featured the "Cabalistic Clock" and demonstrations of "Second-Sight".

He was inducted into the Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame and Magic Museum.