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Alfred Battle

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Alfred Battle
BornAlfred J. Battle
February 15, 1879
London, England
DiedMarch 14, 1952 (age 73)
Taft, California
Resting placeFresno, California

Alfred J. Battle (1879-1952) was an assistant then finally partner with Dr. Ward, a San Francisco magician. When his partner withdrew from act, continued by himself, appearing in theaters, halls and schools throughout the United States as Professor El-Tab.


At the age of two, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts and bought his first magic set when twelve. At eighteen, served in Spanish American War.

Married to Aldia Carter in 1935.

As a performer over his lifetime, he performed a crystal gazing act, and what was known as a lightning cartoon act.

At one time, operated a magic shop in San Francisco on Kearney Street.[1]

He took the tricks of the day and gave them his "El-Tab Twist". Inventor of magic effects under "Professor El-Tab" like "The Phantom Ship".

Battle was one of the founding members of the Oakland Magic Circle when formed on Wednesday, July 29, 1925 and also a member of I.B.M., S.A.M., I.S.J.M. and P.C.A.M..


  1. My Best by Thompson, Jr., J.G. (1945)