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Cover of Genii (1954)
BornCedric R. Richardson
circa 1918
DiedMay 22, 1982 (age 63)
Hertfordshire, England

Cedric (c.1918-1982) was a professional British magician who enjoyed success in America. He also performed under the name "Ray Bentley". [1]


Cedric capitalized on his very English accent in the United States with his popular "Have A Cup Of Tea" magic presentations.

At one time he managed the Detroit branch of Abbott's magic stores.

He later returned to England where he spent the last years of his life as a popular children's entertainer.[2]

A member of the IBM and The Magic Circle, Cedric left all his effects to Ian Adair, Henry Smith, and Maurice Day.[3][4][5]


  1. Cover, Genii 1954 November
  2. New Tops, June 1984
  3. Magic Circular, DECEMBER, 1983
  4. Obit, Linking Ring, December, 198$
  5. Obit, Abra, Saturday,June 5th, 1982