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Louis Krieger

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Louis Krieger
BornLudwig Krieger
September 15, 1851
Germany (near the Russian border)
DiedJune 27, 1934 (age 82)
New York

Louis Krieger (1851-1934), known as "Pop" and "Professor", was a magician that performed on the lyceum and chautauqua circuit, renowned for his mastery of the cups and balls. He billed himself as "The Merry Wizard".[1]

Biography

Krieger move to the United States around 1885. By 1890, Prof. Krieger was known as the society entertainer of New York. On a number of occasions, Frank Ducrot pass himself off as Krieger to fulfill engagements he could not find time to fulfill in person. [2] He also would bill himself as The Russian Conjurer.

From 1895 to 1899, Krieger was at the Thalia Theatre, Tony Pastor's and Huber's, billed as Professor Kruger.[3]

One of his apprentices was a young Al Flosso. Flosso would carry his and friend Max Malini's, bags while studying their craft. Flosso ended up marrying one of his daughters, Lillian.

Krieger was a close friend of Max Malini and was one of the original 24 founding members of the Society of American Magicians in 1902.

His son William Krieger ("Krieger Jr.") and daughter-in-law Norma Krieger also performed magic.

References

  1. Picture, Sphinx, September, 1931, page 306
  2. Obit, Goldston's Magical Quarterly, Autumn, 1934
  3. Of legierdemaine and diverse juggling knacks by John Braun Linking Ring, June 1961