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Signor Blitz

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Signor Blitz
BornAntonio van Zandt
June 21 1810
DiedJanuary 28 1877 (age 66)
Resting placeCypress Hills Cemetary, Brooklyn, New York
CategoriesBooks by Signor Blitz

Signor Blitz (1810 - 1877) born Antonio van Zandt in Deal Kent County, England, was an accomplished magician, ventriloquist (with his dummy Bobby), juggler and bird handler. He would advertise himself as a Moravian as he found he could get more work in England as a foreigner. He even perpetuated the myth in his autobiography.


Antonio Blitz arrived in America from Europe in 1834. He was a great showman who used magic in his acts usually accompanied by humor. Laughter and mystification were his goals.

At the height of his career, a dozen other magicians were performing under the name "Blitz" in an effort to capitalize on his popularity.

His favorite effect was the Bullet Catching act (but eventually dropped it as being too dangerous) and Plate Spinning.

He was living in Philadelphia at the time of his death where gave lessons from his home .

His grave was later rediscovered in New York by Benjilini and has since been restored.