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Andrew MacAllister

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Andrew MacAllister
Edinburgh, Scotland
DiedSeptember of 1856

Andrew MacAllister (1800-1856), originally a carpenter's joiner or bricklayer, learned magic by assisting Phillippe around 1836. He later apprenticed with John Henry Anderson and then toured on own.


He moved to USA in the late 1840s where he was fairly successful.[1]

His costume was a combination of those worn by Phillippe, Dobler, and Heimburger. A picture of Macallister in costume appeared in Gleasons Weekly, November 1, 1851.

He was elected into the Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame.

Possible relations

A Madam Macallister billed herself as "The Only Lady Magician in the World" in her 1857 playbill for the Institute Hall in Natchez, Mississippi.

J. M. Macallister (John Mawr) claimed to be a relative and to have been born in Ayre, Scotland.[2]


  1. Whaley's Who's Who in Magic by Bart Whaley
  2. David Price. Magic A Pictorial History History of Conjurers in the Theater. (1985): 65