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Ernest D'Albert

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Ernest D'Albert
BornErnest Mortimer
May 8, 1896
Bradford, York, England
DiedFebruary 8, 1966 (age 69)
Lancaster, England

Ernest D'Albert M.I.M.C. (1896-1966) was a professional magician and ventriloquist who began performing in 1896, specializing in children shows.


He as a founder of the Yorkshire Magical Club and a long time member of the Bradford Magical Society.[1]

For some years he performed on the music hall circuits during the winter and in the summer, assisted by his wife Ethel, presented at Morecambe ventriloquism, conjuring and puppetry show. He made practically every prop used in his show.

For many years he lived at Cottingley, Yorkshire, the legendary home of the Cottingley fairies. While there he produced pieces of apparatus and many ventriloquial figures, some of which are referred to in "The A.B.C. of Ventriloquism" by Douglas Craggs.

D'Albert performed with distinction at an Annual Grand Seance of the Magic Circle in the 1930s, and during the second world war appeared regularly for ENSA at service concerts.

Just as vaudeville was on the decline, he produced a magical act in which he played the part of a racecourse bookmaker laying the odds.[2]


  1. The Sphinx, Vol. 30, No. 9, November 1931, Who’s Who in Magic, page 400
  2. The Magic Circular, Vol. 60, No. 670, April 1966, Obituaries, ERNEST D'ALBERT, page 118, Correspondence, Letter sent by CECIL STAVORDALE, page 128