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Ludwig Leopold Doebler

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Ludwig Leopold Doebler
BornLudwig Leopold Döbler
October 5, 1801
Vienna, Austria
DiedApril 17, 1864 (age 62)
Gstettenhof near Türnitz, Austria

Ludwig Leopold Doebler (Döbler or Dobler) (1801-1864) gave up an apprenticeship in engraving to become a conjurer.[1]


By 1825, Doebler performed for Prince Metternich and Emperor Francis I of Austria. His opening effect was lighting a hundred candles with a single pistol shot. Another signature effect was the "Flora's Flower Bouquet Production", in which he produced numerous flowers from an empty hat.[2]

Doebler became so popular in Vienna that gloves, hats, and neckties were named after him, as well as the street, Doblergasse.

He toured England (1842-1844), Austria, Germany, Russia and France. Dobler retired from the stage in 1848 wanting his fans to remember him at his prime. He bought a large farm, with a handsome mansion in Austria. [3]

One of his students was Harry Marvello and a relative of J. N. Hofzinser. Doebler sparked the interest in magic of his fellow countryman Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser.

Dobler was paid the compliment of having his name copied, with the most notorious of his copiers was Smith of Bristol (William George Smith) who called himself Herr Dobler (1836-1904).


  1. Book by Werner H. A. Debler, Leopold Ludwig Döbler, 2001
  2. The Illustrated History of Magic By Milbourne Christopher
  3. History of Conjuring and Magic by Henry Ridgely Evans (1928)
  • Die Zauberwelt, Vol. 2, No. 12, Dezember 1896, Ludwig Döbler, by W. Lukesch , page 177
  • Die Zauberwelt, Vol. 3, No. 1, Januar 1897, Ludwig Döbler, by W. Lukesch (Fortsetzung), page 1
  • Conjurers' Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 1, September 1907, History Makers, Ludwig Leopold Döbler, by Harry Houdini, page 6
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 10, No. 4, June 1911, Austria Magicians Past and Present, by W. Lukesch, page 77
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 19, No. 2, April 1920, Adventures in Magic, by Henry R. Evans – Ludwig Dobler, page 50
  • The Magic Wand, Vol. 15, No. 130, June-September 1926, The Annals of Conjuring, by Sidney W. Clarke – about Döbler, page 88
  • The Annals of Conjuring, by Sydney W. Clarke (1929, reprint 2001), 8. Mechanical Conjurers, Döbler, page 232
  • Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 9, No. 9, November 1929, Dobler, page 908
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 20, No. 2, April 1940, Magicians In Retirement, by Henry R. Evans – Ludwig Leopold Dobler, page 105
  • M-U-M, Vol. 44, No. 4, September 1954, Picture, View of Herr Dobler's stage, page 155
  • Genii Magazine, Vol. 37, No. 11, November 1973, Collector's Corner, by Topper Martyn – The Dobler Figure, page 479
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 68, No. 750, February 1974, Plymouth Magicians and Music-Halls, by HENRY GOAD - Dobler (his imitators), page 29
  • Goodliffe's Abracadabra, Vol. 71, No. 1842, May 1981, Magic Time Machine, by G. Locke – The Age of Elegance, page 560
  • The New Tops, Vol. 29, No. 1, June 1989, Men of Magic, by Robert Olson, page 34
  • M-U-M, Vol. 95, No. 7, December 2005, Walking in Vienna, page 28, Who's Who in Viennese Magic LUDWIG DOEBLER (7 October, 1801, Schottenfeld, suburb of Vienna - 17 April, 1864, Türnitz, Lower Austria), page 29
  • Sagemüller's Lexikon, Letter D (n.d.), Döbler, Ludwig – Zauberkünstler, page 20
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Döbler, Ludwig Leopold österr. Zauberkünstler; Laternist (*05.10.1801 Wien; †17.04.1864 Gestettenhof?), page 95