Evening full of magic and reminiscence - the 200th birthday of Compars Herrmann
Compars Grosspopt was born on January 23, 1816, near Hanover and grew up in Paris. He assisted his father and through him found his way to magic. He preferred sleight of hand and magic without props. One of his favorite tricks was the boomerang card. He was a close friend of the Viennese card magician Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser and included many of his tricks in his own program. In amassing his fortune, he was helped by Baron von Rothschild, who assisted him in managing his financial assets in return for lessons in magic.
Herrmann traveled throughout Europe and North and South America, where he enjoyed great success. In 1870 he want to retire and enjoy his wealth. He took Austrian citizenship, received medals and awards from European rulers, and was a generous helper of the poor. The stock exchange crash of 1873 wiped out his fortune, forcing him to return to magic at the age of fifty-seven. Thirteen years later he returned again to Vienna a wealthy man. He died of pneumonia on June 8, 1887, at the age of seventy-one, and his funeral was attended by thousands of well-wishers.
Magic Christian talks about the life of one of the greatest magicians of the nineteenth century.
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An event in connection with the exhibition “Roads to Pleasure: Entertainment between the Prater and the City”, to be seen until September 18, 2016, at the Jewish Museum Vienna.
Free admission from 6.45 pm