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BornAntone Francis Zamloch
circa 1848
DiedOctober 29, 1932 (age 83)
Oakland, California

Zamloch (c.1848-1932), born Antone Francis Zamloch in Austria, toured for more than fifty years throughout the United States, into Mexico and to the Hawaiian Islands.


Zamloch started his magic career in the old world as assistant to various German magicians, then by himself in the United States by 1869. He toured with his own two-hour show. He played his first show in Folsom, California.

During the last years before his retirement, he confined himself to Vaudeville. In 1891, H. J. Burlingame called Zamloch "The Leading Conjuror of the Pacific Coast in his book Leaves from Conjurers' Scrap Books.

Two of Zamloch's feature tricks were a table which raps in response to questions, and a drum which beat also to answer queries. They worked on the stage and also in the aisles amongst the audience where the replies came just as instantly.

Zamloch retired from magic in 1915 believing that the movies were going to kill magic. He was the father of four children, three boys and one girl. Only one child, Carl Zamloch, took to magic who also pitched for the Detroit Tigers and played with Ty Cobb.[1]

In August 1932, The Oakland Magic Circle of Oakland, California, held a "Zamloch Night." Zamloch was stricken with a heart attack a few months later despite appearing to be in excellent health for a man at his age.

Before he died he was persuaded to make notes on his magical experiences. From the notes a series of articles were written by E. G. Fitzhamon in the Oakland Tribune during the spring of 1927.[2][3]


  2. Sphinx December 1932
  3. ZAMLOCH, THE GREAT By R. S. GLOVER, Tops, February 1941

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