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Charles Morritt

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Charles Morritt
BornJune 13, 1861
Yorkshire, England
DiedApril 10, 1936 (age 74)
Isolation Hospital, Chorley, Lanes[1]

Charles Morritt (June 13, 1861 - April 10, 1936) born in Yorkshire, England, began as a music hall manager and created many illusions including Morritt Cage and Flyto. Morritt trained under John Nevil Maskelyne at the Egyptian Hall and eventually left to set up his own show. He was often called "The Professor"


He is credited with developing the Morritt Grip finger palm, also known as the Purse Palm.

Other illusions he invented: "The Pillar Box Mystery"; "The Great Safe Mystery"; "The Disappearing Donkey" (purchased by Houdini and updated to vanish an elephant); "The Appearing Pony"; "Tally Ho!" (production of a pack of hounds, horse and rider from a cabinet) and "Disappearance of a man from a board held by four assistants".

He also liked to perform The Knight's Tour (Chess) and a Thought-reading Act.


  1. GOLDSTON'S MAGICAL QUARTERLY, Vol. 2, No. 4, March 1936, page 123
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