|Born||December 16, 1851|
Pittsfield, New Hampshire
|Died||April 30, 1928 (age 76) |
Chase moved to Boston as a child and then graduated from the "Massachusetts Institute of Technology" and worked with his father. He gave a few public performances, but was more successful as a mechanic than as a performer. Advertisements can be seen in the Sphinx as a "Manufacturer of FINEST MAGICAL APPARATUS" with "Established 1851".
Around 1882, he bought out the "Adam & Co.," (dealers in magicians supplies) and continued the business for many years as "Milton Chase". During those years he made apparatus for Herrmann, Kellar, Powell, Walter Edwin Floyd and many others. He retired about 1912 due to ill health.
Chase was the inventor, along with B. B. Keyes, of the illusion "Astarte", which was first presented by William Robinson (Chung Ling Soo). Later Alexander Herrmann presented it as "The Maid of the Moon" and "Florine, the child of the air."