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Charles De Vere

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Charles De Vere
BornHerbert Shakespeare Gardiner Williams
September 18, 1843
London, England
DiedDecember 21, 1931 (age 88)
Etrépagny, France
CategoriesBooks by Charles De Vere

Charles de Vere (1843-1931), who was born Herbert Shakespeare Gardiner Williams in Britain, ran a magic shop in London before touring Europe with his own show.


He opened another magic shop in Brussels (Belgium) in 1878 then in Paris (France) in 1892, which he ran for over 30 years.

He co-developed The Black Art Table, as described in Later Magic,) with Robert Heller.

Both De Vere's wife and daughter were also stage magicians. His wife Julia Ferret De Vere performed as Okita and was the first occidental magician on record who performed in a Japanese style act. Clementine De Vere, their daughter, launched a stage career of her own as the "Ionia, the Goddess of Mystery."[1][2][3] His son, Camille (1885-1909), was an ascending star with conjuring until his tragic death of diabetes a the age of 24 in Paris.[4]



  1. The Magic Circular No. 72, 1978
  2. The Magic of France by Dr Roberto Albo & Jacques Voignier (1994)
  3. The Complete Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities by Edwin Dawes (2005)
  4. Wonders of Magic by John Booth (1986)
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 54, no. 6, June 1974. page 34. Charles De Vere by S.H. Sharpe