ROTERBERG, AUGUST -- MT285
Magic coin / token
Token / Coin
Roterberg, August -- MT285
LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois
OBV: Goddess of Magic in center, Maja Goddess of Magic Maja A.R.
COMPOSITION: GS, R2, V3; LD, R8, V4; SH, R2, V3; (many varieties exist; different dies; coin struck, medal struck, and
rotated reverses). 30.5-R
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Born Hamberg, Germany Born 1867
Cause of death natural causes
Occupation magic shop owner
Known for sleight of Hand, card magic
August Roterberg (1867 - 1928) was born in Hamburg, Germany and emigrated to the United States around 1883 as a teenager. He started out selling magic by mail order, and then opened a magic store in Chicago. It was housed in the lobby of the "old" Palmer House Hotel.
Roterberg really started the modern age of magic publishing. His books were the first in English, written expressly for magicians. Roterberg's books were published by a magic dealer specifically for sale in magical depots, rather than for wide distribution to the general public. He ended up selling his mail order business in 1908 to Ralph W. Read and his shop to Arthur & Carl Felsman in 1916.
Roterberg is best known as a magic inventor and is credited with inventing the "Multiplying Billiard Balls" trick.
He eventually retired around 1917 and eventually moved to California, where lived until death.
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