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Who invented the Dancing Cane? Hofzinzer?
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This was not the type of thing Hofzinser did. I will have to look at the old catalogs but I think it goes back to Germany. Maybe Conradi or Bartl. Conradi was quite inventive. Unfortunately, unless you read German a lot of it has been lost in old German magic books.
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Bart Whaley's Encyclopedia of Magic states that it was first described in 1857 in The Magician's Own Book (p.52) as "The Magnetized Cane". Whaley also speculates that it was possibly, and indeed quite probably, invented by Viennese magician J.N. Hofzinser who, sometime around then, was doing this trick with virtually the same thread-and-loop hookup used today in the one-person version of the dancing cane.
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Jim,
That's where I got the idea about Hofzinzer. Does Whaley quote any source for the Hofzinzer credit?
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On Jul 25, 2018, Tudormagic wrote:
Who invented the Dancing Cane? Hofzinzer?


Fred Astaire type moves are probably more recent than Hofzinser. Tricks with a walking stick or staff ... way before Hofzinser Smile
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