Julius and Agnes Zancig
Julius (b. 1857-1929); Agnes (b. 1850-1916)
Julius Jörgensen, Agnes Claussen (Jörgensen)
"Master Mystics of Five Continents."
Place of Birth
Julius (Blue) Agnus (Brown)
The Zancigs possessed the apparent uncanny ability to divine each other's thoughts in the form of mental telepathy. As masters of "thought-transference,' the mind reading duo can send and receive thoughts to one another at will.
When Stan Laurel, of the comedy team Laurel and Hardy, was approached by the fans who were starting the Laurel and Hardy fan club, "Sons of the Desert," he was asked to supply a motto for the lodge's logo and suggested a parody of the Zancigs' famous tag-line, "Two Minds Without a Single Thought!"
Julius Zancig was born Julius Jörgensen in Copenhagen, Denmark, 1857. His wife Agnes Claussen Jörgensen was also born in Copenhagen in 1850, and was later known as Agnes Zancig.
The Zancigs were very close to one another in real life as well as on stage and were billed as "Two Minds With But a Single Thought."
They had been childhood sweethearts in Denmark but grew apart, then met and fell in love again after both had emigrated to the United States.
They were married in 1886. Theirs was the most popular and famous version of the act, and was successful for 30 years.
As a performing duo, The Zancigs toured the world, visiting England, India, China, Japan, Australia, and South Africa. After several years of travel,they again settled in the United States.
During the early 1900s, Julius Zancig wrote articles for magazines. Both individually and as a pair, Agnes and Julius also wrote and published several books on such occult methods of divination and fortune telling as cartomancy, palmistry, and scrying with a crystal ball.
On the title pages of these books, they styled themselves "Prof. Zancig"and "Mdme. Zancig."
In 1916, at around the age 59, Agnes died. Julius later remarried to a schoolteacher named Ada, who had been born in Brooklyn, New York, and she became his new partner in the mentalism act.
By 1917, Ada's dislike for public appearances had become so strong that Julius hired Paul Vucic (a.k.a. Paul Rosini) to take her place, under the stage-name "Henry."
In 1917, Vucic was drafted into World War I and was replaced by David Theodore Bamberg (1904–1974), the teenaged son of the stage magician Theo "Okito" Bamberg.
David Bamberg performed the Zancigs' mind-reading act with Julius underthe stage name "Syko the Psychic." In 1919, the Bamberg family left for Europe and Ada rejoined the act.
During the 1920's, the Zancigs retired from touring. Julius was in his mid 60's, and the couple settled down to a quiet life as professional Astrologers, tea leaf readers, crystal ball seers, and palmists; working for private clients. For a while they resided in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Julius wrote his last book on crystal gazing, in 1926. They were living in Ocean Park, California (now Santa Monica, California), when Julius died in 1929, at the age of 72.
The Zancigs worked their stage act by means of an extremely elaborate and undetectable verbal code, which in later years became known as the "Zancig Code."
In 1921 a small (but by itself essentially useless) portion of the Zancigs' methodology was published by their friend and fellow mentalist-magician, Alexander the Crystal Seer.
Writing in 1929, the year of Julius Zancig's death, the British magician Will Goldston also attempted to describe the code in some depth, but he did not reveal its entirety.
In the 1940s Robert Nelson published a simple stage code which superficially resembled that of the Zancigs, but it did not permit the diversity of expression they had achieved.
To this day, the Zancig Code, also known as "Two Minds With But a Single Thought," is considered by many professional mentalists to be the most dauntingly complex two-person communication system of its type ever devised.
Information source, courtesy of Wikipedia
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