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R. G. Herrmann

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R. G. Herrmann

From cover of Magic World April 1918
BornRoscoe G. Herrmann
August 14, 1879
Wapakoneta, Ohio
DiedJune 12, 1941 (age 61)
Wapakoneta, Ohio [1]

R. G. Herrmann (1879-1941) was a professional magician in the early 1900s performing magic, illusions, mind reading, ventriloquism, shadowgraphs, hypnotism, handcuffs and escapes.[2]


After retiring from magic art he worked briefly with the Secret Service afterward becoming Deputy clerk of courts of Auglaize county Ohio. He also devoted time as a safe expert, opening and repairing safes.

He was very active in the IBM, which he was president of the IBM Ring No. 3 in Ohio and served as National Secretary in 1932.

Here is a description of his thirty minute act which was published in N.C.A. Digest (May 1921):

  • Opened with Newspaper to silk flag which then changed into a six foot flag.
  • Artists Dream in which he appears from painting
  • Hat production, aerial treasury and egg bag
  • A metamorphosis type trick using a bag with two assistants
  • Silk productions
  • Chinese Linking Rings
  • A masked and robed assistant fires a pistol at a screen in which he was behind. When screen is removed, he has vanished but appears as the robed person that fired the shot.
  • Multiplying billiard balls followed by Wine and Water
  • Closed with a comedy spirit cabinet.


  • The Cigarette Bush - Magic World Vol 3. No. 3 June 1919
  • Telepathic Visualization - Magic World Vol 3. No. 3 June 1919
  • The New Trumpet - N.C.A. Digest (July 1921)
  • An Original Effect - Linking Ring, Vol 5, No. 1 (1926)
  • Chinese Linking Rings - Linking Ring, July 1927
  • New Wrinkle and Patter for Egg Bag - Linking Ring, August 1927


  1. Obit Linking Ring, September 1941
  2. Magic World, Vol. 02, No. 01, April 1918