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Victor Farelli

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Victor Farelli

Sphinx July 1935
BornVictor Michael Farrelly
December 22, 1888
Dublin, Ireland
DiedMay 12, 1955 (age 66)
London, England
CategoriesBooks by Victor Farelli

Victor Farelli (December 22, 1888 - May 12, 1955) was born in Dublin, Ireland. He was a student of David Devant and became an expert card & and close-up magician.


Because of a peculiar superstition he would not allow a photograph of himself to be published in any of his books other than his hands for illustrating the text. A picture of him was published as part of the "Who's Who in Magic" series in the July 1935 issue of The Sphinx.

He was proficient speaking and writing in many languages include English, French, German and Spanish. Farelli was the French and Belgian correspondent to The Sphinx and a contributor to The Magic Wand.

He has been give credit by some for inventing the close-up case.

Marketed Tricks

  • Can You Tell Fortunes? (1949)


  • Triple Card Miracle ???
  • Farelli’s Triple Reverse ???


  • The Sphinx, Vol. 34, No. 5, July 1935, Who’s Who in Magic, page 138
  • Magic Circular, Vol. 51, No. 570, February 1957, Peeps into the Past, No. 10 - Victor Farelli – The Enigma, by J. B. Findlay, page 85