ROTERBERG, AUGUST -- MT284.000
0aa Magician Tokens
 (1923)
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#565
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Roterberg, August -- MT284.000

MT284.000 - ROTERBERG, AUGUST
LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois.
DATE:1923
OBV: Goddess of Magic in center, around is MAJA.
GODDESS OF MAJIC (sic) MAJA/ * A.R. *
REV: MAJA. GODDESS OF MAGIC. MAJA/A.R.", around
goddess with wings and crown, dropping coins into a hat.
COMPOSITION: NS, R8. 31-R

ITEM AS LISTED IN THE BOOK "MAGIC TOKENS"
@ http://www.magictoken.org/magic/guide.html
Product Details
First Edition Yes
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home)
Condition Near Mint
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Notes
August Roterberg

Born Hamberg, Germany Born 1867
Died 1928

Cause of death natural causes
Nationality German
Occupation magic shop owner
Known for sleight of Hand, card magic

History
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.

Published works
The Modern Wizard (1895)
Latter Day Tricks (1896)
New Era Card Tricks (1897)
Card Tricks and How To Do Them (1902)