Charles De Vere

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Charles de Vere (1843- 1931), who was born Herbert Shakespeare Gardiner Williams in Britain, ran a magic shop in London before touring Europe with his own show.

Charles De Vere
BornHerbert Shakespeare Gardiner Williams
September 18, 1843
London, England
DiedDecember 21, 1931 (age 88)
Etrépagny, France

He opened another magic shop in Brussels (Belgium) in 1878 then in Paris (France) in 1892, which he ran for over 30 years.

Both De Vere's wife and daughter were also stage magicians. Julia Ferret De Vere performed as Okita and was the first occidental magician on record who performed in a Japanese style act. Clementine De Vere, their daughter, launched a stage career of her own as the "Ionia, the Goddess of Mystery."[1][2][3]

He co-developed The Black Art Table, as described in Later Magic,) with Robert Heller.



  1. The Magic Circular No. 72, 1978
  2. The Magic of France by Dr Roberto Albo & Jacques Voignier (1994)
  3. The Complete Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities by Edwin Dawes (2005)
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