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Sigmund Neuberger

Born: Feb 25, 1871

Death: May 9, 1911

Birthplace: Munich

Nationality: United States

Sigmund Neuberger

Date of Birth : Feb 25, 1871
Date of Death : May 9, 1911
Birth Place : Munich

Sigmund Neuberger, or Sigmund Newburger, was born on 25 February 1871 in Munich, Germany and died on 9 May 1911 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was otherwise known as famous illusionist the Great Lafayette and was the highest paid magician of his time. In 1890, at the age of 19, Neuberger emigrated with his family to the United States, where he began his career as an imitator of Ching Ling Foo. He became one of the highest-paid performers in vaudeville, earning £44,000 a year. His excellent quick-change routines, as well as dramatic illusions, such as his own "Lion's Bride" illusion, made him very popular with audiences. The pampered object of the Great Lafayette's affection was his dog Beauty, a perky terrier given to him as a pup by fellow conjurer and admirer Harry Houdini. Beauty had her own suite of brocaded rooms, ate five-course meals, and wore a diamond-studded collar. Beauty died four days before the opening of a show at the Empire Palace Theatre in Edinburgh. After initial resistance from Edinburgh City Council, Neuberger arranged for the dog to be buried in Piershill Cemetery.

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