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Harry Balzar

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Harry Balzar
BornJindrich Balzar
January 11, 1879
Josefstadt, Bohemia
DiedMarch 26, 1947 (age 68)

Harry Balzar (1879-1947) was a professional magician specializing in manipulations of cards, coins, thimbles, and billiard balls.


His native language was Czech, but he also spoke French fluently. Balzar went to Paris to continue his studies in photography and saw T. Nelson Downs and J. Warren Keane perform.

During the 1914-18 War, he served in the Austrian Army, but spent most of his time entertaining his comrades in arms. Camille Gaultier , in his book "Magic without Apparatus", mentions Balzar many times. [1]

He debuted in Paris, France in 1905 and toured Europe and the United States. His North American journey was made in 1911 and he performed from New York to Los Angeles and down to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires.

He unexpectedly succumbed to apoplexy of the heart in 1947.[2]


  1. Paris Notes, Sphinx, July, 1947
  2. Three Continental Men of Magic by Kurt Volkmann, Sphinx, October, 1949