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Gus Fowler

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Gus Fowler
BornAugustus Gerald Fowler
November 1, 1888
Birmingham, England
DiedJanuary 04, 1960 (age 71)
Birmingham, England

Gus Fowler (1888-1960) was an English magician known as "The Watch King" and "The Chronometrical Illusionist". Turning profession in 1906, he performed all over England and the United States.[1]


Fowler was mentored by J.N. Maskelyne and after a year of working with Maskelyne at St. George's Hall in London, he began his own act as The Watch King. He suffered from a slight stutter which induced him to concentrate on a silent act. Fowler manipulated with clocks as other magicians manipulated with coins and cards. He produced clocks, vanished them, and ended with the production of 30 ringing bells from a hat.

He was a past president of the British Magical Society, an honorary life president of the Magic Circle and a vice-president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.[2][3]

He died in a fire at his home some twenty years after he retired.


  1. The Sphinx, Vol. 32, No. 7, September 1933, Who’s Who in Magic, page 203
  2. Goodliffe's Abracadabra, Vol. 28, No. 728, January 9, 1960, Gus Fowler, The Watch King, Dies in Fire, page 431
  3. Goodliffe's Abracadabra, Vol. 29, No. 730, January 23, 1960, Gus Fowler's sudden and tragic death…, page 17
  • The Magician Monthly, Vol. 7, No. 7, June 1911, No. 4 – Gus Fowler: The Watch King, page 140
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 40, No. 1, March 1960, Broken Wand, Gus Fowler, page 109
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 40, No. 4, June 1960, Hugall Benedict’s Notebooks – Gus Fowler, page 36
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 74, No. 10, October 1994, Pictures from the Past, page 70, Answer to Pictures from the Past, page 101