|Born||Johann Friedrich Alexander Heimbürger|
December 4, 1819
|Died||July 25, 1909 (age 89) |
|Resting place||Zentralfriedhof, Robert-Koch-Str. 11, 48149 Münster, Germany|
Alexander Heimburger (1819-1909) was born Johann Friedrich Alexander in Germany and billed himself as "Alexander the Conjurer".
He began his performing career as a magician early in life and as an exhibitor of Phantasmagoria, but was relatively unsuccessful until he came to North America in the 1840s. He had great success and even performed for President Polk in the White House.
Alexander had a trick called, "The Spirit Bell", a large glass bell, on top of a fancy looking case, which he could set anywhere, and it would ring at command.
His daughter assisted him in the presentation of a second sight act. Upon her death during the tour, Heimburger returned to Germany. Having made a considerable fortune he retired in his late 20s and spent the remaining 50 some years of his life in relative seclusion.
He was long figured dead by the fraternity of magic, until Harry Houdini, during one of his tour, found his whereabouts.
- His memoir was called "The Modern Magician".
- ↑ Conjurers' Monthly Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 2, October 1906, UNKNOWN FACTS, Material collected personally by Harry Houdin - Herr Alexander, page 37
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- The Old and the New Magic, by Henry R. Evans (1906), ALEXANDER, page 180
- Cover, The Sphinx, Vol. 8, No. 7, September 1909, Alexander Heimburger, by W. Lukesch, Vienna, Austria, page 123
- The Unmasking Of Robert-Houdin, by Harry Houdini (1908), Alexander Heimburger, page 238
- The Annals of Conjuring, by Sydney W. Clarke (1929, reprint 2001), Heimbürger, page 209
- Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 10, No. 5, July 1930, Alexander Heimburger, page 580
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 16, No. 12, February 1937, The Mighty Barnum and Magic, by Dr. Henry R. Evans - IV Alexander Heimgurger, page 894
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 20, No. 3, May 1940, Magicians in Retirement, by Dr. Henry R. Evans, Alexander Heimgurger, page 198
- The Conjurors' Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 2, March 1945, (Reprinted from Conjuror's Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 2, October 1906), page 38
- The New Tops, Vol. 34, No. 1, January 1994, Men of Magic, by Robert Olson, ALEXANDER, page 38
- Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Heimbürger, Alexander Johann Friedrich = Alexander; Prof. O. Alexander, dt. Zauberkünstler (*04.12.1819 Münster; †25.07.1909 Münster), page 151