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Christopher H. Charlton

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Christopher H. Charlton
BornChristopher Henry Charlton
March 27, 1887
Hanley, England
DiedNovember 27, 1963 (age 76)
St. James Hospital, Balham

Christopher H. Charlton (b.1887-d.1963) was a British magician known as the Royal Illusionist was noted for refusing to use live animals in his performances. Listed as "conjuror to H. M. King George the fifth", he could gave his performance in German and in French.


He met Prof. Hoffmann, who witnessed his show at Hastings in 1908 and appeared before King George V and Queen Mary in 1917.

After touring Australia in 1925, he also toured America when vaudeville was at its height during the early 1930s.

Some of his routines he performed were the Magic Kettle (Any Drink Called For, Levitation of a Paper Ball, an artistic Rice Bowls presentation, and the Bathing Belle illusion (which he used his daughter Betty) the girl assistant is placed in a cabinet which is suspended in mid air. At a shot the cabinet falls apart, the girl has vanished.[1]

Chris was a close friend with Martin Chapender and Cecil Lyle.

His collection of books and periodicals (the most complete at the time) is part of the Magic Circle library.

He was a member of SAM, IBM, IMC, Oakland Magic Circle, Magic Circle, Yorkshire Magical Society, S.I.A.P., M. Z., and the Australian Magical Society.


  1. Illusion Show by David Bamberg (1991)
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 31, No. 2, April 1932, Who's Who in Magic, page 72
  • Programmes of Famous Magicians 1937.
  • M-U-M, Vol. 41, No. 12, May 1952, Cover, Chris Charlton – The Royal Illusionist, page 329, CHRIS CHARLTON, magician-of-the-month, by Leslie P. Guest, page 338
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 33, No. 29, Chris Charlton, Conjuror, Collector, by R. Vernon Cook, page 29
  • Goodliffe's Abracadabra, Vol.36, No. 932, December 1963, Obituary, CHRIS CHARLTON, by J. B. Findlay, page 347
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 58, No. 645, January 1964, Obituaries Chris Charlton (27.03.1883 – 27.11.1963), by J. B. Findlay, page 58
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 44, No. 2, February 1964, Broken Wand, Chris Charlton, page 100
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Charlton, Chris engl. Zauberkünstler (*27.03.1887 Hanley; †27.11.1963), page 77