(Münstermaifeld, Germany: 10th January 1935 - )
First interested in magic in 1950. Principal of Mathematics and Physics in Passau, West Germany. Amateur close-up, card, and mental magician. Pet effect: topological effects with jumbo cards. Invented Three Card Catch. Frequent competitor and prize winner, including 1975 MZvD 3rd prize in closeup, 1978 MZvD 2nd prize for invention, 1982 MZvD Writer of the Year, and 1983 Baden-Baden 3rd prize in closeup.
Wrote Falsch-Zähl-Methoden (1972), Gilbreath Prinzipien (1982), Phantomwürfel (1982), Riesen-karten (3 parts, 1983, 1984, 1986). Wrote several major research monographs including: Ambitious Cards (1977), Erklärt 251 englische Fachausdrücke aus der Kartenmagie (1978), Gilbreath's Principles (1979; 1996 rev), Cartas Gigantes (1981), Wild Cards (1983), Flying Cards (1985), Los 4 Aces (1985), Estimación (1986), Card Cases (1987), The Glimpse (1988), The Gray Code (1989), The Card Index, White Line Problem, Marlo on Faked Decks, Cards up the Sleeve, Hofzinser and the Magic of the 19th Century: Card Magic in Germany (1993; 1994 rev, 22pp), Viaje de una Carta a Interior de Recinto cerrado [Card in Some Object] (1996, 8pp), and The Card Effects of Robert-Houdin (1996, 9pp). REF: Magie, Vol. 63 (1983), 82-84.
Articles in 8 German-language and 8 English-language magazines including Magie (c300 articles since 1960), Magische Welt (118 articles), Hokus-Pokus, and Arcane. 2 videos (1982, 1984).