‘Magic Jews’ Come to Southampton Arts Center

Theo Bamberg, Hyman Goldstein and Eric Weisz

How did a Polish immigrant claim national mania for sawing women in half? How did a 16th-century Renaissance engineer shape the art of card magic? And how did the son of a Hungarian rabbi became the highest-paid entertainer the world?

Sleight-of-hand artist and author Allan Zola Kronzek will answer these questions, and more during “The Life & Times of The Herrmanns, The Bambergs, Houdini, Malini, Leipzig and Other Great Jewish Magicians You’ve Never Heard Of” — a part-illustrated talk and part-magic performance about the lives of eight iconic Jewish performers and the impact they had on culture and the world of magic on Monday, July 22, at 7 p.m. at the Southampton Arts Center.

“The emphasis on Jewish performers is due to two factors,” Kronzek explained. “First, I am one. And second, ever since magic became a popular mass entertainment in the 1850s, Jewish performers have been disproportionately represented among the all-time greats, given our small numbers in the population at large. This is a curious fact, and one that I’ve been researching for several years.”

Tickets are $15 and $12 for members. For more information, call (631) 283-0967 or visit southamptonartscenter.org.