Frederick Culpitt

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Frederick Culpitt (May 9, 1877 - October 8, 1944), born Frederic Willis Culpitt at Camberwell, South London was a British performer and stage manager of the Egyptian Hall. He achieved stage success in the early part of the 20th century with a comedy magic act and is also notable as the first magician to appear on a regularly scheduled television show.

Frederick Culpitt
BornMay 09, 1877
Camberwell, South London
DiedOctober 08, 1944 (age 67)

His interest in magic began at the age of eight and he continued to practice this craft up until he was of an age to take on full time employment. His parents had arranged a job for Fred in the British Govt, but he declined and went the route of conjurer. Culpitt presented an act with was made up card manipulations, scarf tricks and livestock effects. He also presented a comedy turn using chapeaugraphy. He was very successful touring the Music Halls but shifted to becoming a Society Entertainer. He later became stage director at Maskelyne's St. George's Hall theatre as well as a regular performer there.

He was a frequent contributor to The Magic Wand Quarterly and also wrote articles for The Linking Ring.

For several years he adopted the stage name Cull Pitt.

He was one of the first magicians to perform on television in 1936 when appearing on October 1st in London on the first BBC daily TV program.[1] Fred Culpitt died of a heart attack on October 8th, 1944. His wife, Jan Glenrose, was his assistant.[2][3]

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  1. http://www.apts.org.uk/oct-36.htm
  2. Genii 1997 October The Most Popular Illusion in History By David Charvet
  3. Fred Culpitt - A Brief Biography By Val Andrews (2000)
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