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Bert Allerton

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Bert Allerton (January 1, 1889 - February 22, 1958), born Bert Allen Gustafson, worked as a successful close-up magician in top nightclubs and hotels across the United States.

Bert Allerton
BornBert Allen Gustafson
January 01, 1889
DiedFebruary 22, 1958 (age 69)
Resting placeMemorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, Illinois


After a career as an oil salesman and the death of his wife, Allerton took up magic. He eventually started performing close-up magic in nightclubs. He worked for many years at the Ambassador East Hotel Pump Room in Chicago as well as the House of Murphy in Hollywood and the Hotel Pierre in New York City.

He was one of the few magicians at the time to work exclusively in the close-up arena. One of his features was performing the Vanishing Bird Cage close up.

Final resting place:Memorial Park Cemetery, 9900 Gross Point Road, Skokie, IL.[1][2][3][4]



  1. Cover Genii 1941 April
  2. Obit Hugard's Magic Monthly, Vol. 15, no. 11, April 1958
  3. Spotlight: This Month Bert Allerton by Eugene Burger in Genii 1994 June
  4. Article Remembering Bert Allerton by Russ Barnhart Genii 1998 August