J.N. Hofzinser was one of the most significant magicians to have ever lived, and has been an inspiration for great magicians ever since. He is the inventor of some of the best and most enduring card magic ever created. Unfortunately, information on his life and magic has been scant and filled with errors.
Hofzinser was a resident and well-known figure in 19th century Vienna. More than 20 years ago, Magic Christian, another highly-respected and honored Viennese professional magician, took on the task of enlarging and correcting the record we have of his predecessor. After decades of extensive research and study of original sources, Magic Christian managed to completely revise what we know of Hofzinser. The result is an exhaustive study of the master and his extraordinary magic.
Volume 1: His Life, His Card Magic
In this volume, you will get to know Hofzinser as a determined individualist, published poet and composer, respected music critic, insightful analyst of magic contemporaries, and inspired magician.
Through systematic research in public and private archives, Christian discovered new material on Hofzinser and his life's journey. He has also examined and evaluated existing material and reproduced it for the first time in its authentic form. All this creates an essential work that paints an authentic picture of Viennese conjuring in the 19th century.
Volume 2: Nonplus Ultra
This volume provides an in-depth study and explanation of Hofzinser's huge contributions to the field.
Descriptions of card tricks can be found from as early as the 16th century. During the centuries that followed, a body of sleights and techniques steadily developed and grew. But Hofzinser was the first to bring this art from the tavern into the salon, to amaze and delight society's elite. The system of sleights he developed, his cunning use of regular decks in combination with trick cards and, above all, the wealth of effects he invented, opened possibilities that enabled the fertile growth of card magic to the present day. The glowing reception of Hofzinser's inventions by Dai Vernon and other outstanding card magicians of the 20th century proves the enduring qualities of Hofzinser's work.
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