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Tan Hock Chuan

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Tan Hock Chuan
BornMarch 13, 1910
DiedSeptember 28, 1991 (age 81)
CategoriesBooks by Tan Hock Chuan

Tan Hock Chuan (1910-1991), known as "Bertie", was a prolific writer, performer and inventor from Singapore.[1][2]


He gave first public performance at age of fifteen.[3] Chuan originally qualified as a teacher of mathematics but magic was his passion. He was known for his performances in the big magic shows with specially painted scenery, dancing girls and a full orchestra.

He had a library of 3,000 books, was a member of the Magic Circle, MIMC and served as president of the Malayan Magic Circle.[4]

He contributed articles to the Sphinx, Magic Wand, Goldston's Magic Quarterly, and Genii.


  • Chuan's Invisible Pass in The Sphinx, Vol. 38, no. 3, may 1939


  • The Sphinx Gold Medal (1937)
  • The Order of Merlin
  • MIMC with Gold Star


  • Rough and Smooth Possibilities (1948)
  • The Best of Tan Hock Chuan (1977)


  1. Magician of the Month, M-U-M, January 1958
  2. Magic Circular, April 2002
  3. Tricks That Mystify by Will Goldston (1934)
  4. Magic Circular, April 2002