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Welcome to MagicPedia!

A free online encyclopedia with 7,872 articles dedicated to the techniques and history of magic that anyone can edit. MagicPedia is the definitive Internet repository of magical techniques for all areas of the magical arts and also a way to document the history of magic.

MagicPedia is not a place to post explanations of magic tricks (though performances of sleights and tricks are welcome via embedded video clips), but a living document, always in flux, that reflects the background knowledge required for a thorough study of the art of magic in all its facets.

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Bert Allerton

Cover of Genii (1941)
BornAlbert Allen Gustafson
January 01, 1889
Lynn Center, Illinois
DiedFebruary 22, 1958 (age 69)
Veterans Hospital, Elgin, Illinois
Resting placeMemorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, Illinois

Bert Allerton (January 1, 1889 - February 22, 1958), born Albert Allen Gustafson, worked as a successful close-up magician in top nightclubs and hotels across the United States.

Biography

After a career as an oil salesman and the death of his wife, Allerton took up magic. He eventually started performing close-up magic in nightclubs. He worked for many years at the Ambassador East Hotel Pump Room in Chicago as well as the House of Murphy in Hollywood and the Hotel Pierre in New York City.

He was one of the few magicians at the time to work exclusively in the close-up arena. One of his features was performing the Vanishing Bird Cage close up.

His final resting place is at Memorial Park Cemetery, 9900 Gross Point Road, Skokie, IL.

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  • October 13, 2014 - Larry Weeks (1919-2014), a vaudeville and nightclub juggler, died.
  • July 25, 20014 - Alan C. "Ace" Greenberg, a former Chairman of the Executive Committee of The Bear Stearns Companies Inc., a supporter of magic and partner in publishing with Richard Kaufman for decades in Kaufman and Greenberg, died in Manhattan.
  • July 7, 2014 - Ron Wohl, also known as Ravelli, died at the age of 77.
  • July 5, 2014 - Alan Alan, a retired British escapologist, magician and magic shop owner, died.
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