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Lou Bertol

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Lou Bertol
BornLouis N. Bertol
June 23, 1894
DiedFebruary 17, 1971 (age 76)
Washington D.C.
Known forDesigner of children effects.

Lou Bertol (1894-1971) was a prolific designer and builder of children magic effects.[1]


Bertol kept detailed index of all the material that appeared in the various magic magazines to which he subscribed. He moved to New York City at age 8, later retiring to Arlington, Virginia by the 1950s.

He attended many conventions and was Virginia's representative for M.A.E.S. and died of a heart attack which he suffered while attending a meeting of Assembly 23 in Washington D.C.[2]


The "Louis Bertol Award" is given by the IBM Ring 50 in Washington, DC to performers with long-standing excellence in children's magic. Recipients have included Bob McAllister (1973), Bruce Posgate (1975), and Edwin Hooper (1977).



  1. Broken Wand, MUM, May 1971
  2. WASHINGTON, D.C. Assembly No. 23 Report, MUM, May 1971