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BornR. D. Chater
circa 1843
Diedcirca 1913 (age 69)
CategoriesBooks by Hercat

Hercat (1843-1913) was a journalist, actor and professional illusionist.


The great-grandson of Lord Melville, he wrote a number of popular books on magic and the allied arts.

After working as a journalist and actor, he became a professional magician around 1868 and performed with success in America before returning to England, where he billed himself as an American.[1]

Illusion he created included "She", a cremation illusion which was featured at the Egyptian Hall (1888) and the "Blue Room" (~1895).

Stanley Collins in a letter to his friend John Braun in 1957 wrote "Hercat I saw on several occasions and can tell you he was about as bad as a conjurer could be. His patter was banal; his tricks were always clumsily handled and his so-called ventriloquism was just a travesty. How ever he managed to gain the little reputation that he did achieve here is one of life’s mysteries."[2]


  • Card Tricks and Conjuring Up to Date (1896)
  • Latest Sleights, Illusions, Mind Reading and New Card Effects (1903)
  • Ventriloquist and Ventriloquial Dialogues (1905)
  • Conjuring Up to Date (1906)
  • Card Tricks With and Without Apparatus Up to Date (1906).
  • Chapeaugraphy, Shadowgraphy and Paper-Folding (1909)
  • More Conjuring (1912)


  1. Magic A Pictorial History History of Conjurers in the Theater by David Price (1985)
  2. 49. HERCAT, THE AUTHOR, Complete Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities by Edwin A. Dawes (2005)