The first person to be known as a conjuror during the Renaissance, Hieronymus Scotto entertained aristocrats and heads of state throughout Europe with his impressive juggling, card, and mentalism tricks. Not much is known about him, but some records show that he came to gain the favour of royalities like Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand during his time. Learn more about this accomplished magician from the 16th century at
During a research project carried out by an Austrian historian professor who was seeking historical records about Archduke Ferdinand the 2 nd former regent of Tyrol, he stumbled across some interesting material on a conjuror named Hieronymus Scotto. It appears that Scotto had enjoyed the Archduke’s favour and privileges at court.