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B. L. Gilbert

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Blair L. Gilbert (1870 - November 28, 1947) was a Chicago-based magic dealer in the 1920s.

Gilbert brought hundreds of effects to the magic world through his B. L. Gilbert Magic Company. Throughout the 1920s, he published sheets of hand-typed instructions, prices ranging from a dime to a dollar. He offered card routines, mentalism, illusions, pocket tricks, and magic with eggs, slates, matches, silks, paper, bills, balls and many other props. Some of the effects were were developed by Gilbert himself with others by famous artists like Thurston and Anna Eva Fay.

He started in magic as an amateur and was a member of the early Chicago Conjurers' Club, He began dealing and trading in second hand magic, was friends with August Roterberg.

See also: Alfred C. Gilbert.


  • Patter Chatter
  • Patter Chatter No. 2
  • "Pithy Patter" columns in Magic World (1919-1921)