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Francis J. Werner

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Francis J. Werner
BornJune 18, 1863
New York City, New York
DiedAugust 10, 1927 (age 64)
Brooklyn, New York

Francis J. Werner (June 18, 1863 - August 10, 1927), born in New York City, was a society entertainer, baritone soloist, artist and magician.


His magical performance, the major part of which is pure sleight of hand, with such articles as billiard balls, cards, coins and handkerchiefs.

He was at the time of his death and for many years connected with the U.S. Customs Service at the port of New York. One of is duties was to meet the returning tourist and the non-resident alien coming for the first time to United States.

A founding member of Society of American Magicians (No. 10), he served as the organization's third president from 1906 to 1908. He also became a member of the I.B.M. (No. 1577).

He died from a stroke while trimming a hedge fence in front of his home at in Brooklyn, New York.[1]

Creations and notable effects

  • Bill Tearing Trick


  1. Cover of Mahatma Vol. 2, No. 10 (April, 1899)