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Bernard Marius Cazeneuve

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Bernard Marius Cazeneuve
BornOctober 12 1839
DiedApril 14 1913 (age 73)
Resting placeMass grave at Cimetière de Terre-Cabade, Toulouse, France

Bernard Marius Cazeneuve (October 12, 1839 - April 14, 1913) was a French magician that performed as "Commandeur Cazeneuve".


He distinguished himself in mathematics and physics, but after witnessing a performance of the Bartolomeo Bosco, he adopted magic as a profession. He became an expert in mind-reading experiments and card tricks. In the early 1880s, he and his wife performed their Second Sight trick at the Court of Russia. He was also know for performing a number of popular tricks with fruits including Card in Orange.

He served as a captain when the Franco-Prussian war broke out, but afterward resumed performing and toured Europe, United States, South America and Algeria. Cazeneuve performed for the royalty in Belgium, Greece, France, Italy, Russia, Spain and Persia.

Prior to Houdini making Metamorphosis famous, Cazeneuve presented his "Double Indian Mail" illusion. A locked, roped trunk was placed inside another truck, which was placed in a cabinet. An assistant would enter the cabinet and within a few minutes would be found within the nested trucks, their locks and ropes still intact.[1]

In his later years he became distinguished as an astronomer and died in Toulouse.[2]


  • A la Cour de Madagascar (1896)


  1. Houdini! by Ken Silverman (1996)
  2. History of Conjuring and Magic by Henry Ridgely Evans (1928)