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Gus Fowler

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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]

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

Fowler was mentored by J.N. Maskelyne and after one year 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 concentrate on a silent act. Fowler manipulated with clocks as other magicians manipulated 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 in his home some twenty years after he retired.


  1. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, September, 1933
  2. Abracadabra, January 9, 1960
  3. Abracadabra, January 23, 1960