May 5, 1828
|Died||January 25, 1885 (age 56) |
|Resting place||Jüdischer Friedhof Berlin-Weißensee (Weißensee Jewish Cemetery of Berlin)|
Bellachini (1828-1885), born Samuel Berlach in Poland, was an officer in the Prussian service and one of the most popular conjurers in Germany.
In 1846 he took up magic performing mostly in Germany, winning the title of "Court Conjurer." The story goes that during a performance where Kaiser Wilhelm I was in attendance, Bellachini did his "Magic Inkhorn" effect where a pen would only write on his command. He handed the pen and a sheet of paper to the king, with the request that he write something. When asked what to write, he told him "Bellachini is the Court Conjurer".
He also did a side business in magical apparatus, which he sold to amateurs.
Bellachini suffered a stroke in 1882, which weakened his hands, making him unable to execute his best effect. In 1883, he lost his son, whose death was caused by the premature explosion of a pistol. A few years later, he suffered a final stroke that carried him off quickly.