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Bill Chaudet

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Bill Chaudet

Cover of Genii (1947)
BornLouis William Chaudet II
November 19, 1921
Hollywood, California
DiedJanuary 5, 2013 (age 91)

Bill Chaudet (1921-2013) (prounced Shawday) played leading hotels, supper clubs, theaters and auditoriums throughout the United States and Canada. With his wife Mary, they performed as "The Chaudets."[1]


In 1946 Harry Blackstone publicly named him as his successor in St. Louis. For the season of 1946-47 Chaudet was Blackstone's assistant stage manager. Chaudet's wife Mary also worked as an assistant and she was Bill's assistant when he went off on his own.[2][3]

Chaudet wrote for the The Conjurors' Magazine from 1947-1949, and continued with Genii when it took it over in 1950.[4]

Chaudet performed on numerous television shows such as "The Steve Allen Show," "The Merv Griffin Show," "The Mike Douglas Show, and "Ironsides." In addition to performing magic he became a consultant and was technical adviser for popular TV shows such as "Wild Wild West," "Gilligan's Island," "Mission Impossible," and "Get Smart" as well as for several movies, such as "Oceans Eleven" and "Cheyanne Autumn."

Chaudet was one of the pioneers of trade show magic and represented Pacific Telephone in the "Magic of Communications" for several years.[5]

He was a two-term past-president of southern California SAM assembly #22, and a charter member of The Magic Castle.[6]

Awards and honors

In 2003 he became a member of the S.A.M. Magic Hall of Fame.


  1. Cover Genii 1954 April
  2. Magician of the Month, MUM, May 1954
  3. S.A.M. Magic Hall of Fame Bill Chaudet, MUM, SEPTEMBER 2003
  4. Cover Genii 1947 May
  6. MUM, September, 2003