Casper will Zauberer werden


4 pages

Casper will Zauberer werden

| Dans l'entre-deux-guerres | Sonneberg, Germany
Genre (as defined by the author)
Casper, Zauberer, Polizist
Number of acts

This unsympathetic, brutal and vindictive Casper is closer to Pulcinella and Punch, if not to his Hamburg cousin, Kasper Putschenelle presented by Johannes E. Rabe, than to the nice Kasperle for children from pedagogical literature of the interwar period. The play was published anonymously in the sixth issue of Caspertheater by the publishers Gräbe and Hetzer in Sonneberg (no date given). The front cover cites the naive aesthetics of the peddler publications that ensured the circulation of popular puppet plays in the 19th century. A warning printed on the flap tells the audience that anyone who does not behave well during the performance will have to pay double and that unwashed spectators will be sent home. We have been warned.

Plot summary

The protagonist is brutal and mean to everyone

Casper goes to the magic factory to learn magic tricks. The magician shows him some, but Casper is so crude that the magician soon doesn't know what to say, whereupon Casper calls him a donkey. They fight, one with his stick and the other with his broom. Casper defeats the magician. A policeman comes to arrest him, but Casper knocks him out and hangs him on the gallows. His wife blames him, they argue and fight.

Related works
Casper will Soldat werdenDans l'entre-deux-guerres
Casper soll ins Gefängnis kommenDans l'entre-deux-guerres
Composition date
Dans l'entre-deux-guerres

Publications and translations


Caspertheater Nr. 6, Sonneberg, Gräbe & Hetzer, [s.d.]

Modern edition

Conservation place

Münchner Stadtmuseum - Munich, Germany
Literary tones
Farcical, Ironic
Animations techniques
Young audiences
Author and publication date unknown


Theatrical techniques


Written by

Jean Boutan