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William A. Buerger

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William A. Buerger
BornJune 1, 1854
Saginaw,Michigan
DiedJune 12, 1931 (age 77)
Detroit,Michigan

William A. Buerger (1854-1931) is best know for his Razor Blade Trick, marketed in 1930 just before his death.

Biography

Buerger was interested in magic since he was 19 years old, when he started to travel with the W. W. Cole Circus.

For 58 years he performed, studied and taught magic..

He was a member of the S. I. A. P., S. A. M., I. B. M. and many other magical clubs.

Annemann and other magicians received lessons in the Art of Magic from Buerger.

He performed with Houdini at Huber's Museum in New York. He played clubs, churches, lodges, and theatres, featuring featuring his crystal gazing act. He travelled throughout the United States and parts of Canada, with a two hour show, featuring illusions, escapes, sleight of hand and mind reading.

He also invented many effects including Black and White, Card Castle Rope Trick, Color Changing Shirt, and the Three Billiard Ball Monte.[1][2]

References

  1. Linking Ring, July 1931
  2. Wm. A. Buerger Dies By Will Rock, Sphinx, August 1931