Bellachini (1828-1885), born Samuel Berlach in Poland, was an officer in the Prussian service and one of the most popular conjurers in Germany.
May 5, 1828
|Died||January 25, 1885 (age 56) |
In 1846 he took up magic performing mostly in Germany, winning the title of "Court Conjurer." The story goes that during a performance where Kaiser Wilhelm I was in attendance, Bellachini did his "Magic Inkhorn" effect where a pen would only write on his command. He handed the pen and a sheet of paper to the king, with the request that he write something. When asked what to write, he told him "Bellachini is the Court Conjurer".
He also did a side business in magical apparatus, which he sold to amateurs.
Bellachini suffered a stroke in 1882, which weakened his hands, making him unable to execute his best effect. In 1883, he lost his son, whose death was caused by the premature explosion of a pistol. A few years later, he suffered a final stroke that carried him off quickly.