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Charles Bertram

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Charles Bertram

Cover of Sphinx (April 1907)
BornApril 26, 1853
James Bassett in Woolwich, England
DiedFebruary 28, 1907 (age 53)
Resting placeWest Norwood Cemetery, Norwood, London, Grave 31,826 - Square 82
CategoriesBooks by Charles Bertram

Charles Bertram (1853-1907) was a British magician who performed for royalty and appeared several times at the Egyptian Hall. He was a favorite performer of King Edward VII.[1]


Originally a victualler (traditionally a person who supplies for the crew of a ship food, beverages and other provisions on a vessel at sea) and landlord of Bassett's Hotel (formerly known as Petter's Hotel), a tavern at the corner of Garrick-street and New-street (now New Place) which still exists today as The Round House. Bertram became bankrupt 1882 and turned to conjuring as a full-time profession.

During the latter part of his career, he toured with Albert Chevalier in Great Britain and the United States.[2]

His famous phrase was "Isn't it wonderful?" and his assistant was professionally known as Madame Patrice (whom later married C. Lang Neil).

Bertram was noted for his presentations of Cards to Pocket as well as De Kolta's Vanishing Birdcage and Vanishing Lady illusions.




  1. Sphinx June, 1925, page 121.
  2. Tricks That Mystify (incl. Who's Who in Magic) by Horace Goldin (1934)