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Charles F. Fillebrown

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Charles F. Fillebrown
BornCharles Francis Fillebrown
December 2, 1834
Salem, Massachusetts
DiedJune 28, 1903 (age 68)
Salem, Massachusetts
Resting placeGreenlawn Cemetery, Salem

Charles F. Fillebrown (1834-1903), an actor and magician, was described in 1891 as America's oldest Professor of Magic.[1][2]


At a very young age, he traveled with the John Denier Pantomime Company. In addition to magic, Fillebrown performed ventriloquism and used marionettes. Another of his credits was with the Howard Burlesque Company for the season of 1859-60.[3]

He made his first professional appearance in Newburyport in 1854, and would continue to perform until within the last two years of his life traveling about the United States and Canada.[4][5]

Milton Chase, of Boston, made tricks for him for over forty years ago.

He served in the army (Company G, First Heavy Artillery) during the Civil War and appeared in many field hospitals to cheer his comrades.[6][7]


  3. Mahatma, July 1903
  4. Mahatma, January, 1903
  5. Sphinx, July 1903
  6. Magic: A Pictorial History of Conjurers in the Theater by Price, David (1985)