Magiro – A Life For Magic by Eckhard Boettcher, George Walter(c. 2017)
If you spend any time on this site you’ll know how many amazing inventions Magiro (Matthias Weissl) created. So I was really pleased not only to find this book, but also to be part of the creation of it, because throughout the book there are over 40 photos from this website used in conjunction with Eckhard Boettcher extensive details and descriptions.
The book was edited by Georg Walter with great meticulousness and expertise and he was the one who approached me to use the photos on my site – which I was very happy to oblige with.
Although it written in German it is still great to see so many of Magiro’s items featured here and is a must have for anyone interested in the history of magic and seeing the details of so many amazing effects. Many of the micro-magic tricks we love today came from Magiro, and many of them are detailed here in their full glory!
Here is an excerpt from the introduction by Georg Walter:
With his tricks and magic creations, he has given magic to many magicians, thus also giving the audience magical hours, immortalized with his many hundred ideas in the magic scene. Matthias WeiGI, whom many only knew under his name “Magiro”, was a passionate magician. This book I dedicate to him and his family.
On 12 November 1940, Matthias WeiBI was born in Schalldorf, today’s Emmering, in the midst of the Second World War, a terrible and time-consuming time. He found magic in 1953, at the age of thirteen, when he was given a Svengali Deck in Munich, with which he could not begin at first. For Christmas, he also found the hotly awaited magic box under the Christmas tree after convincing his mother to buy it. His older brother then gave him the book “School of Magic Tricks” by Otto Stolina. As an apprentice of carpentry he was now, he could not have done all this. And so he saved a long time to buy a larger magic box.
Then Matthias Weiftl, again by a friend, discovered a display of the magic shop Janos Bartl in Hamburg. He immediately ordered the company catalog. He could not pay many of his tricks in this catalog with his apprenticeship money. After studying the offerings of two other magic companies, he came to the conclusion that it was better to make the magic art pieces themselves. According to his own name, he came to the name “Magiro” around the year 1958 by a friend. He had spontaneously suggested the name to him and it was then. Even then, both had much to do with magic, mainly Card Magic.
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