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Ted Lesley

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Ted Lesley
BornFriedrich Karl Helzel
August 01, 1937
Düren, Germany
DiedOctober 24, 2008 (age 71)
Berlin, Germany
CategoriesBooks by Ted Lesley

Ted Lesley (August 1, 1937 - October 24, 2008), born in Dueren in the Rheinland area of Germany, was a German magical entertainer and mentalist.


Lesley became interested in magic when a school teacher performed a few magic tricks for him. Lesley first became an accountant and later a tax consultant in Berlin. The film director, Ottokar Runze, whom Lesley helped with an audit, offered him a role in his film, "The Lord of Barmbeck." Immediately after the film work, Ted gave up his tax profession. In 1974, Ted Lesley got his first professional engagement at the "Messeshow" in Hanover.

From March 23 until April 4, 1994 he presented a full evening show with the title "Ted Lesley's Magic Club" to the audiences in Berlin.

In November, 1995, the ZDF (a German television network) filmed a Ted Lesley special which was broadcast on February 20, 1996 as part of the series "37 Grad," in its evening program.

Lesley passed away on October 24, 2008 (complications arising from Parkinson's Disease).[1][2][3]

Honors and Awards

  • "Mentalist of the Year" with the "Dunninger Award" (1992)
  • "Writer of the Year" from "Magischer Zirkel von Deutschland e. V." (Magic Circle of Germany) for his book "Mental Mind-Ups." (1993)
  • "Leslie P. Guest Award" from the Society of American Magicians (1997)
  • Guest of honor at Docc Hilford's "Weerd Weekend." (1998)
  • "Siver Medal of Honor" of the Zauberfreunde Berlin e.V. (1998)
  • Gold Star Member of the Inner Magic Circle from the Magic Circle of London. (1999)
  • Creative Fellowship Award from the Academy of Magical Arts (April 20, 2001)


Marketed Tricks

  • The Working Performer's Marked Deck (1983)
  • The Working Performer's Hydrostatic Glass (1987)
  • Credit-Card Card Trick (1985)
  • Delsey Miracle (1988)
  • Automatic Pegasus Page (1988)
  • Teleport Envelope


  1. Ted Lesley Appreciation Society
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  • Cover, Magische Welt, Vol. 28, No. 4, Juli-August 1979
  • Cover, M-U-M, Vol. 86, No. 5, October 1996, TED LESLEY: A Magical Mate, by John Wade, page 22
  • Magische Welt, Vol. 57, No. 6, November 2008, In Memoriam, page 342
  • Genii Magazine, Vol. 71, No. 12, December 2008, Ted Lesley (Friedrich Karl Helzel) has died…, page 105
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 88, No. 12, December 2008, Broken Wand, Ted Lesley, by Bill Palmer, page 118
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 102, No. 1109, December 2008, Obituaries, Ted Lesley 1937-2008, by Alan Shaxon, page 356
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Helzel, Friederich Karl „Teddy“ = Ted Lesley, dt. Zauberkünstler (*01.08.1937 Düren), page 153