(8th June 1926 - 22nd July 1980)
Born in Rotterdam, Holland. Stage name of Abraham "Bram" Pieter Adrianus Bongers. Inspired as child. Aka "Mystica" at start of career until December 1950 when he became "Fred Kaps". Student of Henk Vermeyden. Top-line pro close-up and stage magician.
FISM Grand Prix 1950 (as "Mystica"), 1955, 1961, making him the only 3-time winner of magic's most prestigious competition award. Toured all Europe in 1955 and USA in 1956. Called "World's Greatest Magician" in 1972 by George Anderson, a widely shared opinion. 1980 AMA Masters Fellowship. SAM Hall of Fame. Died of cancer.
Coauthors: Trevor Lewis