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Fred Braue

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Fred Braue
BornFrederick George Braue
March 9, 1906
Alameda, California
DiedJuly 3, 1962 (age 56)
Alameda, California

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 the Joseph R. Knowland award and edited an award-winning special section published by the Oakland Tribune about the opening of the Kaiser Center.

He published effects in Genii and Sphinx as "Fritz Braue" in 1937 and 1938.

In the 1940s, Braue edited a kid's page called "AUNT ELSIE'S PAGE" for the Oakland Tribune.

Braue contributed to many magazines, including a column in Hugard's Magic Monthly, of 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 subscriptions were sold. Unfortunately, the series was never finished as promised.


In collaboration with Jean Hugard.

  • Fred Braue On False Deals (1977)


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