No doctor title by the University, he used the name Dr. Without a doubt the most important Magician for cards magic of all times, employed in the ministry for finances in Vienna as a clerk, enthusiast in the art of magic, beloved by the Viennese society for several decades, represented for sure the attitude of the 19th century. Many facts would be forgotten so far if there had not been the young eager Amateur magician Ottokar FISCHER more than hundred years ago, who found by chance one of his pupils. Fischer was supposed to write an obituary about this man and found him still healthy and alive. Verbally hand down information contains variations and incorrect dates by the persons because sometimes they forget important facts or describe them in a different personal way.
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No doctor title by the University, he used the name Dr. Without a doubt the most important Magician for cards magic of all times, employed in the ministry for finances in Vienna as a clerk, enthusiast in the art of magic, beloved by the Viennese society for several decades, represented for sure the attitude of the 19th century. Many facts would be forgotten so far if there had not been the young eager Amateur magician Ottokar FISCHER more than hundred years ago, who found by chance one of his pupils.
Fischer was supposed to write an obituary about this man and found him still healthy and alive. Verbally hand down information contains variations and incorrect dates by the persons because sometimes they forget important facts or describe them in a different personal way.
Just for fun I asked him to check the archives of the ministry in exchange if there are still files about J. I found more than one but several documents about his duties, fees and his petition for pension in and the one of his widow. In the meantime I found more and more in other archives, concerning his military duties, petition for payments in advance and more holidays, his birth certificate, his marriage certificate and many other documents.
In the last years many wrong information was spread through all the magic mediums. So let me put this information in the right position. There are 41 personal letters, many different documents, many different magic props, playbills and around manuscripts by himself or written by friends of his in the different collections.
They all are wonderful testimonials about his life. It is a must to correct a lot of wrong descriptions of his tricks, to publish interesting stories about him and new effects he did in hid shows. Until today nobody went through the ordeal to verify all well known facts again and to proof their contents, if they were correct and true. An excerpt from the different chapters:. In the meantime I registered about 80 members of this family in a correct life tree with several branches.
The birth date is documented by the birth certificate and other documents like registration forms and shows the 19th of June ! It still exists. Concerning the registration forms, the lists in his schools and about his duties at his work which still exist he did not study and did not get a doctor grade at the university. He did not even become named a doctor of honour. The title appeared only in advertisings, play bills and hotel lists after his retirement He always wanted to be different.
More details you might read in the 1st volume J. From on he serves as probationer at the royal and imperial tobacco company. Hofzinser pays him monthly a certain amount of additional salary. The job rotation became approbated by the government.
He served also as additional cashier in the Cameral-department, in the printery of the State and in the Registration. There are still some unfinished investigations but it can be said by reading the certificate of baptism that Wilhelmina was an illegitimate child. The family probably came from Bohemia. He was wrong like all second hand authors after him.
The Salons opened January 3rd, under the name of his wife Wilhelmine in the street Wollzeile Nr. The programme contains following ten parts: 1.
The omnipotence of the ladies. The thought. The association of thoughts. The forced thought. The might of believing. The three powers. Training of money.
The Somnambulist. The oranges. The vanishing cabinet. Some are still maintained as buildings. He performed always in the winter season, mostly from November to April. Sometimes he travelled also to Graz, Brno and other cities for a short time though he still was employed as public servant. There are many hints about the content of his programmes and his presentation. A portrait of his wife Wilhelmina decorated the Salon as well. Most of the time his performances were sold out and some extra presentations had to be included many times.
Three or four times in the week Hofzinser presented his programme which he changed several times in the season. Prince Carnival and me, the devil — stay in the Salon Hofzinser and are exceptional anxious to admire the arts of the clairvoyant, a mind reader, a lady who can see even through a board of wood, even there is no hole in it.
The astonishing card tricks and deceiving of Mr. Hofzinser is a very seldom and strange appearance and enables to heat the quicksilver in the thermometer of eager curiosity, to the extreme exhaustion. Finally the clairvoyance starts, no, not yet.
The lady devoted to mind reading must be stroked before she is able to see brightly, i. The impossible happens. The weak man put his robust wife in the desired condition, she falls asleep. Or what? The game with the questions and answers starts: Frau Hofzinser knows everything, even what she does not know, she sees everything, even what she doe not see and she hears everything even what she does not hear.
The neighbour on my left, who was so astound that he did not get into the level of understanding, regretted that it was winter time, in summer Mrs Hofzinser might hear the grass grow [gets wind of everything] and sees the smell of violets with closed eyes.
The lady is asleep longer than her husband wants her to be, he awakes her waving the light in front of her eyes several times. She awakes. Wonderful, what human hands are able to create, when they touch nearly the tip of the nose of a sleeping woman with candlelight. Prince Carnival and me, we took the overwhelming impression back home from the Salon Hofzinser.
No other report of tricks could describe the atmosphere, the presentation, the appearance of the persons and the general impression on the audience better than this article. In January for instance several magicians preformed in Vienna at the same time. The competition stimulated ideas.
Some days later the magician BILS , who works in the concert hall Musikverein offers Ducats to that one who can surpass him with dexterity. The next advertising excels everything as a Mr. Willsin of the USA will arrive in the autumn and will present all his tricks with extraordinary dexterity and with fine kid-leather gloves. Which fight for the spectators of Vienna, who liked this kind of competition, occurred you might guess because the new advertisement of BILS offered to present all his tricks with gloves on the spot.
It is a pity that Hofzinser is a Viennese guy. In case his name was Hofzinserio, -zinserino, -zinserinetti or Mr. Performance in front of the imperial court 3rd Salon: — , Himmelpfortgasse 15 The house still exists, even the apartment 4th Salon: — , Walfischgasse 8, Parts of the house still exist Drasche Haus 5th Salon: , Hotel London in Fleischmarkt, The house opposite of the Laurenzerberg still exists 6.
In the third volume you will experience the tricks of his Salon magic. Probably this was the reason that he preferred to perform in the Salon, where he was — like Mrs. Clite, who wanted to get to know it absolutely. Among them so well known pieces like :. For sure HOFZINSER was the most creative magician of his time, who understood to combine the zeitgeist with fantasy to wonderful magic experiments and included satire political remarks — like his contemporary poet Johann Nestroy did in his theatrical plays.
Later he came to Graz several times during his duty as public official In the newspapers wonderful critiques could be could. Most of the times the whole programme was listed too. The Viennese National library is — thanks god — full of old Austrian and the most important foreign newspapers which all can be read on micro films. Also in Berlin and Munich and Prague I looked through the appropriate papers.
Many places like Dresden or Leipzig, Breslau or Lemberg remain open for researches. Often it is only a question of lack of missing local newspapers and district newspapers of that time to track back the performances in that time as often the artists appeared in private salons and societies like it is still today.
On March 14th one can read for instance:. Hofzinser took place yesterday afternoon at 2. Beside his relatives many friends and known people took part there. Nowhere there was a remark that he was poor or was forgotten when he died. Nevertheless he lived in a house, which belonged to the richest and most demanded areas in the suburbs, right beside the famous Carl-Theater since until his death.
No wonder, that she did not want to know anything about magic anymore and that she threw away all the old things one after the other like it is usual founding a new household. When the 25 year old Ottokar FISCHER met her in to interview her about her first husband after 23 years have passed, the then old lady was not happy for sure as she survived her second husband too and she did not want to know anything about her first one at all.
In case she would have thought that the magic of her first husband will be present all over the world after years she might have acted differently. Pingback: Jahrestag Stunde des Staunens.
Pingback: Wilhelmine Hofzinser Stunde des Staunens. Important new facts: No doctor title by the University, he used the name Dr. FISCHER Without a doubt the most important Magician for cards magic of all times, employed in the ministry for finances in Vienna as a clerk, enthusiast in the art of magic, beloved by the Viennese society for several decades, represented for sure the attitude of the 19th century. An excerpt from the different chapters: 1.
Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser
Learned magic by Government bureaucrat. Amateur magician, then semi-pro from , then full-time pro since when he retired from government job. Pay Cart Topic. Magic Cards [Compilations] [for Resellers]. Hofzinser Both works have been written by Ottokar Fischer in German and have later been translated to English, one by Sharpe and the other by Richard Hatch.
The Magic of J. N. Hofzinser
Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser , born June 19, , Vienna , Austria—died March 11, , Vienna , Austrian amateur conjurer who was one of the most brilliant inventors of small manipulative tricks, especially with playing cards. Hofzinser, who never appeared outside Austria , was one of the first to advocate simplicity of performance, eliminating elaborate costumes and stage apparatus. Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. See Article History.