Stars of Vaudeville #632: Arnold de Biere
Today is the birthday of the magician Arnold de Biere (1876-1934). Originally from Poland (it is believed) he made his first major success at Tony Pastor’s in 1901. He went on to conquer London two years later. Billed as “De Biere, the Mysterious”, he would come out in full court dress, flourishing a cape. Illusions he was associated with included the Egg Bag trick, Multiplying Billiard Balls, the Thumb Tie, and the Vanishing Bird Cage. Europe was his base of operations until the First World War, when he came back to the U.S. to work the Loew’s circuit for several months. He continued to be a major international player in the magic field until his death in 1934.
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