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Alexander Adrion

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Alexander Adrion
BornGerhard Engelsleben
November 17 1923
Berlin, Germany
DiedFebruary 27, 2013 (age 89)
Rösrath, Germany

Alexander Adrion (1923-2013) was a German magician.


He learned from Conradi-Horster at the age of fourteen and after finishing school he served in the miltary (1942).

After the war with his release from American captivity, he began studying at the University of Tübingen. He would meet actor and write Werner Finck, who advised him to develop his own style away from the traditional entertainment venues.

Starting in 1955 Adrion used his free time, in addition to guest appearances, for research into the history of magic, oriental magic and psychology of deception. He was author and technical adviser of the film "Robert-Houdin, the magician." In 1985, Adrion retired from the stage and dedicated his time to historical interests of magic and its publications. Many of his publications have been translated into foreign languages.


  • Zauberei, Zauberei (1968)
  • Die Kunst zu Zaubern (1978)
  • Adrion's Zauber Kabinett (1980)
  • Taschendiebe (1992)
  • Mein Altes Zauberbuch (1979), version of "German Hocus Pocus" (1768)


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  • Magie (Magischer Zirkel v. Deutschland), Vol. 73, No. 11, November 1993, Adrion Issue, Biography, page 406
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 87, No. 94, December 1993, A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities by EDWIN A. DAWES, 197. ALEXANDER ADRION: GERMANY'S, UNIQUE PHILOSPHER-MAGICIAN, page 196
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, page 90