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BornWilliam Powell
circa 1901
DiedFebruary 4, 1969 (age 67)

Burtini (c.1901 - February 4, 1969), born William Powell in England, was magic dealer, inventor and author.


He worked for the Royal Mint and was a well known manufacturer of magic during the 1940s and 1950s, who made many apparatus from metal.

Burtini was President of the Birmingham Society of Magicians and an esteemed member of the British Magical Society.

Awards and honors

  • FISM Lausanne, World Champion for Invention (1948)
  • Cover of Magic Circular Vol. 50, No. 561 (MAY 1956)
  • Obit Abra,VOL. 47. No. 1203 ( FEBRUARY 15, 1969 )


  • Burtini's Cups and Balls Routine (written by Fabian) (1946)
  • Burtini's Linking Rings Routine (written by Fabian) (1947)