Anton Kratky-Baschik

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Anton Kratky-Baschik
BornAnton Kratky
January 11, 1821
Kozlan, Bohemia then Austria, now Czech Republic
DiedAugust 28, 1889 (age 68)
Resting placeVienna Central Cemetary

Anton Kratky-Baschik (1821 - 1889) was born in Kozlan, a little town in Bohemia. He started out as a harmonica player with his brother having great success. By 1850, he was performing magic in Germany working with Samuel Bellachini. In 1857, Kratky-Baschik started working with Bartholomeo Bosco in England.


In 1864, he built his own theater in Vienna where he performed for several months before he started going blind. He allowed others to appear in his place including George Heubeck and Ottokar Fischer.

He performed before Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle, November 3, 1858 and toured the United States for two years with P. T. Barnum's Show.

W. Wood De Gruchy, quoting German sources in the Wizard Vol. 2 - No. 15, gives his date of birth as November 6, 1820, in Prague.


  • Die Zauberwelt, Vol. 3, No. 9, September 1897, Anton Kratky-Baschik, by W. Lukesch, page 129
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 5, No. 7, September 1906, THREE GRAVES, by Francis J. Martinka - Anton Kratky-Bashik 1822-1889, page 80
  • The Wizard (P. T. Selbit), Vol. 2, No. 15, November 1906, Kratky-Baschik, From Various German Sources, by W. Wood de Gruchy, page 233
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 10, No. 4, June 1911, Austria Magicians – Past and Present, by W. Lukesch, KRATKY-BASCHIK, page 78
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 19, No. 2, April 1920, Adventures in Magic by Henry R. Evans, Four Famous Fantaisistes, ANTON KRATKY-BASCHIK, page 51
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 22, No. 1, March 1923, MISCELLANEOUS MAGICAL MENTION, page 13
  • The Magic World, Vol. 7, No. 6, November 1923, Prof. Kratky-Baschik, The Famous Austrian Performer, page 84
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 33, No. 1, March 1934, Austrian Magicians, by Ottokar Fischer, page 9
  • The Linking Rings, Vol. 16, No. 8, October 1936, Temples of Magic and Mystery, by Dr. Henry R. Evans - III. Anton Kratky-Baschik, page 566
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 36, No. 3, May 1937, Anton Kratky-Baschik, by Ottokar Fischer, page 77, The Sphinx Portrait of Anton Kratky-Baschik, page 79
  • Goodliffe's Abracadabra, Vol. 60, 1542, August 1975, A PEEP INTO THE PAST, Compiled by Louis Tummers, KRATKY-BASCHIK (Reprint from “The Wizard”, Nov. 1906), page 135
  • The New Tops, Vol. 32, No. 2, February 1992, Man of Magic by Robert Olson, page 11
  • M-U-M, Vol. 95, No. 7, December 2005, Vienna a Magic City … a City of Magicians, WALKING IN VIENNA, page 28, Who’s Who in Viennese Magic, ANTON KRATKY BASCHIK, page 31
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Kratky-Baschik, Anton eig. Anton Kratky, österr. Zauberkünstler (*11.10.1810 Kozlau [06.11.1820 Prag?]; †28.08.1889 Wien), page 192
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