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Moretti, Hans

'Ze next bullet will be... a blank!'A fixture on The Paul Daniels Show and countless ’80s variety spectaculars, nutzoid German escapologist and illusionist Hans Moretti was a name to conjure with for over a decade. Unforgettably resembling a Victorian circus strongman with bald pate, walrus tache and stocky build, Moretti combined painstakingly perfected takes on classic magic routines with a winningly boobish presentation style, helped immeasurably by his wife-cum-assistant Helga, glitzily attired as a cross between Sonia off of Fresh Fields and Dame Hilda Bracket. The merry pair would romp through various tricks from the accomplished-yet-silly – a mad escape from a battered cardboard box, and the gravity-defying suspension of Helga on two of those ‘trees’ you make out of rolled-up newspapers – to the accomplished-and-serious-yet-somehow-also-a-bit-silly, including many a variant on the bullet-in-the-teeth/Russian-roulette chestnut (basically anything that allowed Helga to fire revolvers, rifles or crossbows at her hubby’s shiny head). Mad, good and very, very dangerous.



  1. Richard Davies

    December 24, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Wasn’t he once the Eurovision interval act, & nearly shot himself in the head with a crossbow linked to a Heath Robinson lash up of crossbows firing at each other, or was that someone else?

  2. Applemask

    June 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Died a few months ago at the age of 84.

  3. George White

    January 9, 2016 at 11:34 am

    The Eurovision act was someone else, ripping the trick off from Hans though.

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