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Arnold De Biere

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Arnold De Biere
Born?
DiedAugust 6, 1934
London, England
Resting placeJewish Cemetery, Willesden, London, England

Arnold De Biere (? - 1934), was a professional performer in England, where he moved by 1904. De Biere was of Jewish origin. The details of his birth are unclear. Winkler (1981) gives his date of birth as 14 March 1876, in Poland; Price (1985) states he was born in Germany in 1878; both agree he was brought to the USA as a child. His natal name was Arnold Bierstein or Arno Bere or Beere and most of his childhood was spent in Bradford, Pennsylvania. [1][2] Shortly before De Biere's death, his friend Will Goldston asked him for some particulars of his life for use in his forthcoming Who's Who in Magic.[3] De Biere refused, then wrote a letter explaining his refusal, published in Goldston's Magical Quarterly.[4]

Biography

Mahatma June 1902 issue shows him at the Gaiety Theatre in Brooklyn appearing as "De Biere, the Mysterious".

De Biere has been called the mystery man among magicians, believed to be born in Poland and brought to the United States as a child. He was known for his performances of the egg bag, vanishing bird cage and thumb tie.

He made a fortune from magic, but lost quite a bit investing in Houdini's Film Development Corporation and Wall Street crash.

His act was listed in Holden's Programmes of Famous Magicians.

References

  1. The Magic Circular, Vol. 99, No. 1065, April 2005, A Rich Cabinet, by Edwin A. Dawes – 318, Arnold De Biere: Man of Mystery, page 134, or The Complete Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities By Edwin A. Dawes
  2. M-U-M, Vol. 95, No. 11, April 2006, The Nielsen Gallery – de Biere the Mysterious, page 72
  3. Will Goldston's Who's Who in Magic, page 25
  4. Goldston's Magical Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 2, Autumn 1934, DE BIERE'S FAREWELL LETTER, by de Biere, page 44
  • Cover, The Magician Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 5, May 1908, page 49
  • The Magician Monthly, Vol. 19, No. 6, May 1923, Arnold de Biere - An Appreciation, by "X", page 68
  • Magic Wand No. 162 (June-September, 1934)
  • Goldston's Magical Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 2, Autumn 1934, Arnold de Biere Died, page 43
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 23, No. 6, August 1943, Recollections of Arnold De Biere, by Aaron Zisser, page 17
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 35, No. 4, June 1955, Great Magicians I Have Seen, by John Hunniford, page 49
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 68, No. 756, October-November 1974, Look Back in Wonder, by Tom O’Beirne – Arnold de Biere, page 195
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 99, No. 1066, May 2005, A Rich Cabinet, by Edwin A. Dawes – 319. De Biere in Australia and South Africa, page 170
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Bierstein, Arnold = Arnold de Biere, poln. Zauberkünstler; Zauberartikelhändler (*14.03.1876 Polen; †06.08.1934 London), page 47
  • Goldston's Tricks of the Masters page 93
  • De Biere doing the egg bag