Cover of Genii (1972)
July 17, 1945
Magic Christian (b. July 17, 1945) is the stage name of Christian Stelzel, a professional Austrian magician and author. Christian presently lives in Vienna.
He studied industrial design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Christian has received many awards, starting with winning first prize at a competition in Weymouth,1967, and several awards from all over the continent followed. In 1973 he won the first prize in the category of Manipulation at FISM, the world championships in magic. An accomplishment he repeated at FISM 1976 and FISM 1979 (the later time, also winning the category of Invention). In 1989, Christian became president of the Magic Club of Vienna, and in 2005 the Academy of Magical Arts at The Magic Castle, Hollywood, awarded him the "Performing Fellowship" for his performances.
Non Plus Ultra
In later years, Magic Christian has received acclaim for his thorough historic research on the legendary Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser. He wrote three volumes on Hofzinser in German titled Non Plus Ultra. They were translated into English and published in 2013 by Hermetic Press.
- Non Plus Ultra: Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser, Erster Band (1998)
- Non Plus Ultra: Hofzinsers Kartenkünste, Zweiter Band (2004)
- Non Plus Ultra: Hofzinsers Salonkunststücke, Dritter Band Teil A/B (2012)
- Lori Pieper, tr., Non Plus Ultra, Vol. 1: Magic of the 19th Century (2013, Hermetic Press)
- Lori Pieper, tr., Non Plus Ultra, Vol. 2: Hofzinser's Card Artistry (2013, Hermetic Press)
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