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Phoa Yan Tiong

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Phoa Yan Tiong
BornRobin Geoffrey Yan Tiong
August 12, 1926
Batavia, Dutch Indies
DiedMarch 22, 2006 (age 79)

Phoa Yan Tiong (born August 12, 1926 - March 22, 2006) was born Robin Geoffrey Yan Tiong in Batavia, capital of the former Dutch Indies, located on Java in the district of Weltevreden.


He began to study martial arts at the age of seven, which had a strong influence on his approach to timing and movement. He moved to Holland when 16 and in 1952 Phoa visited a magic convention in Breda and decided to become professional magician. In 1958, he won the first prize in micromagic and obtained an honorable notation for his manipulation act. He contributed many items to Gen and other magazines.

Snowstorm in China

In the 1960s, Phoa traveled around the world to perform his shows.

Phoa was asked to act in various movies. In "Champagne Rose Is Dead" (1970), he played a master in karate-fighting. He played a walk-on in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun.

Cut And Restored Silk

Doug Henning featured his cut and restored silk, which can be found in The Art of Close-up, Vol. 2 by Lewis Ganson.

Invisible Traveller

In 1977, he published the first installment of "The Seasons", a set of conjuring texts.[1][2]

Marketed trick

  • Cut and Restored Silk


  • Les Saisons: Illusions printanières (1978)
  • Les Saisons: Naissance d'un oiseau (1992)
  • Les Saisons: Automne et hiver (1997)


  2. Obit Genii 2006 May