Biography of TOPAS


1972

Topas is born on July 20 in Stuttgart, Germany.

1979

Topas encounters the art of magic for the first time - by receiving a Ravensburger magic set. Soon it becomes clear, this bond will last for a lifetime.

1982

At the age of eighteen only Topas performs for the Magic Circle of Stuttgart. He picks cards from thin air and cuts a rope in two, only to restore it a moment later.

1986

Topas becomes the youngest member of the Magic Circle of Germany. In October he successfully performs at his first magic competition: At the magic convention in Brussels, Belgium, Topas wins first price in the junior category. Even though he is only fourteen years old he receives the highest score of the entire competition.

1987

Annual convention of the Magic Circle in Hamburg: With his manipulation act with bells and sunglasses Topas becomes the new celebrated German champion of junior magic. In the same year he competes at the international championships in Krems, Austria and receives the Grand Prix - this time in the regular category! This award leads to a 10-day-engagement in the famous ‘Theater and der Wien’ in Vienna, Austria, where he successfully performs with internationally known stars (Paul Daniels, among others).

1988

At the FISM World Championships of Magic, which is held only every three years, Topas wins second price in ‘manipulation’ - a first price is not awarded in this category.

1990

First price at the German Championships of Magic in Wolfsburg and the highest score of the entire competition at the same time.

1991

he city of Stuttgart hosts the German Variety Price ‘Young Variety’: Topas is awarded this price for the best and most innovative act. The press is raving about the young magic star and the act is shown on public television (SDR).

In spring time this same year Topas is booked for the ‘Grand Prix Magiques de Monte-Carlo’ in Monaco. He receives one of the most important awards in the field of variety, the ‘golden magic wand’, which is presented to Topas by princess Stephanie of Monaco in a prestigious ceremony. In July Topas enters the World Championship (Lausanne, Switzerland) one more time: He wins first price in ‘manipulation’ at the age of eighteen, thereby becoming the youngest prizewinner in the history of magic’s world championships. The experts are baffled by his new effects, his dexterity and the surprise appearance of an electrical guitar.

A US tour follows during which he performs at the world famous magic castle in Hollywood, California. Later this same year Topas is booked for his first full month engagement in the former Stuttgart Variety Theater on the Killesberg.

1992/93

Seemingly effortless he ‘magishes’ his Abitur (German high school degree) at the Paracelsus-Gymnasium in Stuttgart-Plieningen. Aside from numerous live and TV performances in all the world another high point of Topas’ career is the debut performance of his original musical ‘Metropol’ in the ‘Theaterhaus Stuttgart’. The text was written by him, he plays the main part and directs the project. The musical tells the story of a young juggler who has his first engagement in the show and glitter world of variety. Naturally, there are lots of magical illusions performed in the musical along the way... This is when Topas first gets the idea to sing chansons and illustrate them with corresponding magic effects.

1994

While Topas takes up his studies of German and English in Tübingen countless performances around the world follow.

Topas performs his act ‘bells and sunglasses’ on the American TV-show „World’s Greatest Magic“ (NBC) which is taped in Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas and broadcasted throughout the US and internationally.

1995

Topas performs his act „Der Klopfgeist“ at a magic show on the stage of the world famous ‘Salzburger Festspiele’ in Austria. Thereby he is one of the few variety artists who can claim to have been booked in Salzburg as a singer...

Preparations for the full evening show „Magic and More“ are in full gear: new routines are created, new illusions are built.

1996

Opening night of „Magic and More“: the first full evening magic show of Topas!

1997

Topas und Roxanne perform highlights of “Magic and More” in the MDR – evening TV show‘ Einfach zauberhaft’ (simply magical).

1998

Topas works as a magic consultant for the Constantin film „Der große Bagarozy“. Together with Bernd Eichinger, who wrote the screenplay and directed the movie, Topas created a special version of the classic illusion ‘the floating lady’ and coaches the main actor Til Schweiger to perform the illusion.

1999

In the Stuttgart zoo „Wilhelma“ Topas makes a three-ton Indian elephant disappear for the German public TV station ARD.

2000

„Magic Affairs“ the new full evening illusion show starts on a national tour and is performed successfully ever since.

2001

Highlights of “Magic Affairs” go on a tour through India organized by the German “Goethe Institut”.

2002

Numerous TV performances in Germany, France and Portugal plus constantly adding new acts to his repertoire sustain Topas as one of Germany’s most popular magicians.

2003

Magic Affairs with Original-Illusions second time on tour in Germany.

Topas guest - star at the 6th World Magic Seminar Asia in Nagoya / Japan.

LFK -Medienpreis 2003 for TOPAS and Andi Kraus “best broadcast-comedy”

Friedrichsbau Sommer-Varieté

Spektakuläre Autoblindfahrt in Stuttgart (driving blind)

TV – Traumtänzer Varieté (HR)

TV – Patrick Sebastien (France 1)

2004

TV-Portrait TOPAS (WDR)

TOPAS and Helge Thun New Duo-Pogram “Die zersägte Jungsau”

Lange Nacht der Museen (guest-star in the Mercedes Benz Museum)

Magic Symphony Gala at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart with the Stuttgarter Philharmonikern

TOPAS ILLUSIONSITS OF THE YEAR 2004 (U.S.A. / St. Louis Juli 2004)

Köln Comedy Festival

El Duco Convention Schweden

TV - Patrick Sebastien (France 1)

Friedrichsbau Varieté (Grande Revue with TOPAS - Sold out for 23 month!)

2005

GRANDE REVUE Friedrichsbau Varieté

Flutopfer-Gala

MAGIC AFFAIRS on Tour 2005

Host "Kulturpreises Baden-Württemberg"

100 years Magic Circle, Gala-Show, London

Monte Carlo MAGIC STARS

PLAYTIME GOP Varieté Hannover

Lecture ("Faust and Magic") Staatstheater Stuttgart

Japan-Tour Chubu Japan Magic Association

2006

PLAYTIME GOP Varieté Bad Oeynhausen

Athen Coronet Theater March 2006

Magic Affairs Sommervarieté Friedichsbau Stuttgart

Magic Affairs Varieté Festival Schweinfurt

Volunteers-Party WM 2006

TV appearance "Verstehen Sie Spaß?" prime time

FISM Stockholm

PLAYTIME GOP Essen

2007

TOPAS and ROXANNE on Tour in Germany with "Magic Affairs"

Driving blind in Hannover

TV SWR Latenight

TV Special at the LIDO Paris

Award "Kleinkunstpreis Baden-Württemberg 2007" for his new comedy-programme

Shows in Tel Aviv

Lectures and shows in Buenos Aires

Magic Affairs in New York

TV-appearance in China

Gala-Show - Highlights Of Physics in Frankfurt

TV appearance SWR – Opening of « Cannstatter Wasens »

TV appearance Quatsch Comedy Club PRO 7

GOP Münster Playtime August – November 2007

2008

MAGIC AFFAIRS at Deutsches Theater München January 

Blackpool Magic Convention February 

SAM / IBM Louisville July 21. – 26.

Hollywood Castle July 28. – August 3.

WORLD MAGIC AWARD 2008

New Show SURPRISE premiere 27th of November

SURPRISE on Tour in Germany (November – March)

2009

SURPRISE on Tour in Germany (until March)

TV-Promotion in China (June)

SURPRISE Sommervarieté Friedichsbau Stuttgart (June and July)

FISM in China: TOPAS und ROXANNE show parts of SURPRISE (July)

SURPRISE (parts) on Tour in China (August)

SURPRISE (parts) open air at Magdialdia, Spain, September 20.

2010

TOPAS wins "Comedypokal 2010" in Hamburg (February)

SURPRISE (parts) on tour in China: 11 cities in six weeks (April and May)

TOPAS is invited for presentations at EMC, Essential Magic Conference in Coimbra / Portugal, first internet congress of magic (July)

TOPAS' 25th stage anniversary at Staatstheater Stuttgart with international guests (July)