It’s been far too long since we’ve featured a magician from our Percival Collection! This week’s magician, Viggo Jahn, was originally a window decorator hailing from Copenhagen.
Here’s Viggo Jahn doing something totally inscrutable. Are those thimbles?
According to the November 1953 issue of M-U-M: Magic, Unity, Might, Jahn took up stage magic during the occupation of Denmark in WWII; the “entertainment-starved Danes” were eager for new performers, and a theatrical agent recognized Jahn as “very good looking, intelligent and young, and engaged in a business that required a touch of showmanship”.
After preparing for just three months, Jahn began presenting his manipulations in public, and he quickly improved “by leaps and bounds”. After the occupation was lifted, he began performing in Sweden, then across Europe, and later all over the world. “Wherever the wealthy and the celebrated dined in lovely surroundings, there was Viggo,” says M-U-M.
The article also notes that “he was still a darned good window trimmer”.