Albert Chevalier

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Albert Chevalier
BornAlbert Onesime Britannicus Gwathveoyd Louis Chevalier
March 21, 1861
Notting Hill, London
DiedJuly 10, 1923 (age 62)
Resting placeAbney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London

Albert Chevalier (21 March 1861 – 10 July 1923) was an English comedian and actor

Biography

In 1877, at sixteen, he was engaged as an actor in the company of Mr. and Mrs. Squire Bancroft in London, and for fourteen years played legitimate parts at the Court Theatre and elsewhere.

In 1891, he began a successful music hall career as a singer of coster songs of his own invention, a new type in which he had an immediate success, both in England and America. He subsequently organized an entertainment of his own, with sketches and songs, with which he went on tour, establishing a wide popularity as an original artist in his special line.

His father became obsessed with spiritualism for a period, believing himself to be a medium, and the family held private séances every evening. He met Daniel Dunglas Home, the medium with whom his father was associated at the Spiritual Athenaeum in Sloane Street.

He became friends with G. W. Hunter and Charles Bertram. Bertram participated in Chevalier's recital tours of the provinces from 1893 onwards.

Chevalier became an early member of The Magic Circle, being elected to the Society on September 22, 1908 and kept membership until around 1913.[1]

References

  1. The Complete Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities by Edwin Dawes (2005)
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