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Viggo Jahn

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Viggo Jahn
Borncirca 1908
DiedJuly 20, 2004 (age 95)

Viggo Jahn (1908-2004), billed as "The Man with the Black Gloves", was a FISM winning magician who performed for over 50 years.[1]


Jahn took up stage magic during the occupation of Denmark in World War II. After preparing for just three months, Jahn began presenting his manipulations in public, and quickly improved. After the occupation was lifted, he began performing in Sweden, then across Europe.[2] Jahn played theaters, cabarets, and circuses throughout Europe and Asia for many years, like the Chinateatern in 1942, before coming into prominence among magicians by winning the F1SM Grand Prix in Amsterdam in 1949.

Dressed in white tie and tails, he would remove the white knob from the end of his walking stick and perform various manipulative effects such as the Multiplying Thimbles. By wearing black gloves, he overcame the visibility problem inherent in thimble work.

He came to America for an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1951. He came back to the States from 1952 through 1960 to play night-clubs and hotels, including an extended run at the Palmer House in Chicago.

When he retired in 1992, Danish pickpocket performer Kenny Quinn acquired the performing rights to the act.


  1. Obit, Magic, September 2004
  2. MUM, November 1953