Charles De Vere
|Charles De Vere|
|Born||Herbert Shakespeare Gardiner Williams|
September 18, 1843
|Died||December 21, 1931 (age 88) |
Charles de Vere (1843-1931), who was born Herbert Shakespeare Gardiner Williams in Britain, ran a magic shop in London before touring Europe with his own show.
He opened another magic shop in Brussels (Belgium) in 1878 then in Paris (France) in 1892, which he ran for over 30 years.
Both De Vere's wife and daughter were also stage magicians. His wife Julia Ferret De Vere performed as Okita and was the first occidental magician on record who performed in a Japanese style act. Clementine De Vere, their daughter, launched a stage career of her own as the "Ionia, the Goddess of Mystery." His son, Camille (1885-1909), was an ascending star with conjuring until his tragic death of diabetes a the age of 24 in Paris.
- De Vere's Book of Magic (1876)