|Born||Frederick George Braue|
|Died||July 3, 1962 |
Frederick "Fred" George Braue (1906 - 1962), a native of Alameda, California, was a journalist by profession and noted for his contribution to the field of card magic with collaborator Jean Hugard. Living on opposite sides of the continent, Mr. Hugard and Mr. Braue wrote their book via correspondence. His last name is usually pronounced BROW-ee.
He was a winner of a Joseph R. Knowland award and edited an award winning special section put out by The Tribune on the opening of the Kaiser Center.
In the 1940s, Braue edited a kid's page called "AUNT ELSIE'S PAGE" for the Oakland Tribune Newspaper.
Braue contributed to many magazines including a column in Hugard's Magic Monthly which he was also editor from 1959-1962.
He was a member and past president of the Oakland Magic Circle. He was also interested in music and drama and was one of the early members of the Alameda Little Theater. He was also well known as a master of ceremonies at public events.
He also invented numerous card sleights and effects including:
- Braue Reversal which is a method for reversing a card in the deck in the course of a cutting action.
- Braue Add-on
- Rear Palm (in 1935)
- Homing Card
A series of books containing his works were being published by Jeff Busby as the Braue Notebooks which were reported to contain some one thousand pages written over a thirty year period. His (in)famous notebooks were to be published in serial form (15 volumes) and it’s been reported that many many subscriptions were sold. Unfortunately, the series was never finished as promised.
In collaboration with Jean Hugard.
- Expert Card Technique (1940)
- Miracle Methods No. 1 : Stripper Deck (1941)
- Miracle methods No. 2 : Gambling (1942)
- Miracle Methods No. 3 : Prepared Cards (1942)
- Miracle Methods No. 4 : Tricks and Sleights (1943)
- The Invisible Pass (1946)
- Showstoppers with Cards (1948)
- Royal Road to Card Magic (1949)
- Fred Braue On False Deals (1977)