excerpt from Whomagic by Bart Whaley
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 14 Aug 1734?- ) Stage name of Jacob Meyer aka "Meyer", son of Jewish immigrants from Polish Galicia. Learned c1750 by tuition from Dr Christopher Witt, a Rosicrucian occultist.
Moved to England around mid-1750s. After 1765 become the first American magician to perform in Europe. Pro illusionist & sleight-of-hand artist. Toured England (c1765), Ireland, Portugal (1765?), Spain, Russia, Romania ( ? & 1772), Turkey, Sweden, Prussia, Vienna (1774), Lneburg, Weimar (1777), Gttingen (1777), Strasbourg (1779), & Switzerland. When not on tour, lived with his wife & 2 children in Kthen by 1783 until last reported there in 1797.
Wrote Kleines Trafttlein seltsamer und approbirte Kunststcke [Little Treatise on Strange and Appropriate Feats] (Vienna: 1774). This 72-page book is the earliest published work on magic by an American-born conjuror. The only known copy is in the Christopher Collection. [Dam;Daw;Ch;Sal;St]