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Charles Bertram

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Charles Bertram

Cover of Sphinx (April 1907)
BornJames Bassett
April 26, 1853
Woolwich, England
DiedFebruary 28, 1907 (age 53)
Streatham, London, England
Resting placeWest Norwood Cemetery, Norwood, London, Grave 31,826 - Square 82
CategoriesBooks by Charles Bertram

Charles Bertram (1853-1907) was a British magician who performed for royalty and appeared several times at the Egyptian Hall. He was a favorite performer of King Edward VII.[1]

The year of birth of Charles Bertram is not clear. Most articles in magic magazines claim born 1853, Edwin A. Dawes claims 1863. Some pages in Internet claim born 1855. His tombstone doesn’t show the year, the author of the Bertram’s-Grave-Page claims 1855. [2] [3] [4] It is suspected that he adopted his stage name in 1881 of Charles Julius Bertram (1723-1765).[5]


Originally a victualler (traditionally a person who supplies for the crew of a ship food, beverages and other provisions on a vessel at sea) and landlord of Bassett's Hotel (formerly known as Petter's Hotel), a tavern at the corner of Garrick-street and New-street (now New Place) which still exists today as The Round House. Bertram became bankrupt 1882 and turned to conjuring as a full-time profession.

During the latter part of his career, he toured with Albert Chevalier in Great Britain and the United States.[6]

His famous phrase was "Isn't it wonderful?" and his assistant was professionally known as Madame Patrice (whom later married C. Lang Neil).

Bertram was noted for his presentations of Cards to Pocket as well as De Kolta's Vanishing Birdcage and Vanishing Lady illusions.




  1. The Sphinx, Vol. 24, No. 4, June 1925 , Magicians and Freemasonry, by Henry R. Evans – Charles Bertram, page 121
  4. King of the British Society of Sorcerers Performed at Ahsan Manzil
  6. Tricks That Mystify (incl. Who's Who in Magic) by Horace Goldin (1934)
  • The Magician Monthly, Vol. 3, No. 4, March 1907, Obituary Mr. Chas. Bertram, Born 1853, Died 1907, by Robertson Keene, page 40
  • Conjurers' Monthly Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 8, April 1907, Charles Bertram Died, page 255
  • Cover, The Sphinx, Vol. 6, No. 2, April 1907, Biographical, Mr. Charles Bertram, page 15
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 21, No. 8, October 1922, Sketches of Some Famous Conjurers, Bertram, page 296
  • The Annals of Conjuring, by Sydney W. Clarke (1929 reprint 2001), 11. Maskelyne and Cook – Bertram, page 312
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 16, No. 5, July 1936, Kings and Conjurers, by Dr. Henry Ridgely Evans - Edward VII of England had…, page 364
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Basset, James = Charles Bertram, engl. Zauberkünstler; Zauberkunst-Fachschriftsteller (*26.04.1853 Woolwich; †28.02.1907 London, page 36
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