|Born||Jean Pierre Decker|
February 4, 1872
|Died||March 18, 1921 (age 49) |
Alex Weyer (1872-1921) or "Weyer le Mysterieux", an intimate friend of Houdini, started out in a New York dime museum and later found success in music halls in France and Italy.
Weyer was brought to the United States by his parents in 1887. Inspired by seeing Alexander Herrmann, he was tutored by Otto Maurer and became a professional working in a New York dime museum. For a time he worked as a strong man and his particular feat consisted in forcing nails through two inch planks with his bare hands.
Some time later he joined the "Kikobo Indians" with whom he toured all over the States. He then worked alone for many years at Museums and giving private. Later he built a small Theatre himself, near his father's farm.
During this time he billed himself as an American as he spoke English with an American accent.
Some of his effects were "The Feast of Flowers" (he billed himself as the King of Flowers), "The Feast of Flags", "Mephistograph" (1907)
- ↑ THE LATE ALEX. WEYER. AN APPRECIATION BY VICTOR FARRELLY, Magazine of Magic, Jan-Mar 1922, Vol. 9, no. 5, page 101
- ↑ Mahatma February 1906
- ↑ Andrew's Magic Magazine March 1953
- ↑ Obit by Houdini, MUM, May 1921