Otto Maurer's Obituary:
NY Herald 5/18/1900 p 15
WIZARD OF THE
BOWERY IS DEAD
Otto Maurer, Maker of Magical
Apparatus, Has Answered the
Eternal "Presto, Change!"
GRADUATE OF UNIVERSITY
For Twenty-Eight Years He Had Devised
Articles Used in Tricks
SHOP LIKE ABODE OF GNOMES
For Otto Maurer, the magician of the Bowery, has come the eternal "Presto, change!" and this world knows him no more. He had for twenty-eight years made apparatus for magicians at No. 321 Bowery.
In his little shop, half of which was beneath the sidewalk, he devised all manner of quaint apparatus used in the tricks of illusion. He instructed the parlor entertainer who draws rabbits from silk hats, and gave the benefit of his knowledge to the more pretentious prestidigitateurs.
He was a graduate of a German university and came originally from Berlin. He started life as a magician here thirty years ago, but finally devoted his time to making magical apparatus for others. He fitted up his little shop in a picturesque fashion. By means of a group of colored lights he made the place look like an abode of gnomes
Among the pieces of apparatus which he invented were an improved fire swallowing device, and a gun which when loaded in the presence of the spectators, with apparently genuine bullets, did no harm when fired point blank at the demonstrator.
Maurer was fifty-three years old. He was attacked three years ago by cancer and constantly suffered severe pain. The small fortune which he had laid aside was spent for medical advice and hospital fees. He was in the Post-Graduate Hospital and was removed from there to Blackwell's Island where last Tuesday he died. He had a wife, two daughters and a son.