Bert Allerton

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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.


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.

Final resting place is at Memorial Park Cemetery, 9900 Gross Point Road, Skokie, IL.[1][2][3][4]



  1. Cover Genii, Vol. 5, No. 8, April 1941, page 253
  2. Obit Hugard's Magic Monthly, Vol. 15, no. 11, April 1958
  3. Spotlight: This Month Bert Allerton by Eugene Burger in Genii 1994 June
  4. Article Remembering Bert Allerton by Russ Barnhart Genii 1998 August
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 23, No. 5, July 1943, BERT ALLERTON, by Will Davidson, page 31
  • The Conjurors' Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 5, June 1945, Modern Magicians – Bert ALLERTON by MAURICE ZOLOTOW, page 19
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 26, No. 4, June 1946, Bert Allerton by John Braun, page 17
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 29, No. 2, April 1949, Chicago Parade, by Eddie Clever, Bert Allerton, page 51
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 38, No. 2, April 1958, Bert Allerton as Frances Ireland knew him, page 93
  • M-U-M, Vol. 47, No. 11, April 1958, Chicago Miscellany by Hermann Homar, page 487
  • Genii, Vol. 57, No. 8, June 1994, Spotlight, This Month: Bert Allerton by Eugene Burger, page 533
  • Genii, Vol.61, No. 4, August 1998, Remembering Bert Allerton, Reminiscences by Russell T. Barnhart, page 38
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