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Who was David Berglas? Cause Of Death, Wife, Children, Net Worth, Illness, Funeral

David Berglas was a British magician and mentalist of German-Jewish descent.

His secret technique of locating a particular card within a pack (the Berglas Effect) has been described as the Holy Grail of card magic.

He was one of the first magicians to appear on UK television.

David Berglas

Who was David Berglas?

David Berglas was a British magician and mentalist who died on November 3, 2023 at the age of 97. He was born on July 30, 1926 in London.

Berglas was educated in several different European countries. He was German-Jewish, and escaped to Britain from Nazi Germany, aged 11.

Keen to be part of the war, he discovered that the American Army was urgently looking for suitable recruits for an important role in the denazification of Germany.

They had to have some previous military training and to be able to pass strict physical and mental tests. Most importantly they had to speak two languages besides English, one of which had to be fluent German.

The required minimum age was 21. Berglas explained that he was only 19 but could meet all the other qualifications.

He was accepted into the Intelligence Service of the US Army, serving an ‘adventure filled’ 18 months at the end of WWII.

He then attended Bradford Technical College to study textiles with a view of joining his family business based in Wyke, a village in Bradford.

He first became interested in magic in 1947, through a chance meeting with magician Ken Brooke.

Magic became an all-absorbing hobby for about five years, during which time he studied psychotherapy, specialising in medical.

David Berglas

David Berglas Career

David Berglas was a British magician and mentalist who had a remarkable career in magic and entertainment. Here are some of his career highlights:

He was the first magician to appear in his own series on British television, Meet David Berglas (1954) and also had several major television series in Sweden, Germany, Norway and Holland.

He was renowned for creating large stunts, such as driving a car around London in a blindfold, and hurtling blindfolded down the Cresta Run.

He created what is now referred to as the “Holy Grail” of card magic, known as “The Berglas Effect”, a secret technique of locating a particular card in a pack.

He was named “Television Personality of the Year” in Holland in 1967, the first time it had ever been awarded to a foreign celebrity.

He was the President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (British Ring) in 1976/1977.

He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to magic and entertainment in 2018.

He established the Foundation for Promoting the Art of Magic (FP-AM) in 1999, which presents “The David Berglas International Magic Award” annually to leading magicians.

He was the recipient of many other awards and honors from the magic community, such as the Magic Circle’s Maskelyne Award, the Academy of Magical Arts’ Creative Fellowship, and the International Magic Convention’s David Devant Award.

David Berglas
David Berglas with his wife Ruth. (Image: PA)

David Berglas Cause Of Death

Berglas died of complications of lymphoma at home in London on November 3, 2023.

David Berglas Wife

David Berglas’ wife was Ruth. They got married in 1956 and had two children.

David Berglas Children

Marvin and Susan are David Berglas Children. Marvin is also a magician and the president of Marvin’s Magic, a company that sells magic sets and toys.

Susan is a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist who works with her father in his seminars and workshops.

David Berglas Net Worth

Berglas’s net worth is $125 Million as of 2023. He earned the money being a professional magician and mentalist.

David Berglas Illness

Berglas died of complications of lymphoma at home in London on November 3, 2023.

He was a British magician and mentalist who was known for his secret technique of locating a card in a pack2. He was 97 years old.

David Berglas Funeral

David Berglas’s funeral service has not been announced yet.

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