August 14, 1882
Harold Alberto (1882 - 1964) was a comedy magician, famous for his "More Water!" growing plant routine.
Alberto started his performing career in 1902, billing himself as "The Gay Deceiver" and "The Droll Conjurer".
He joined Harry Rickard's Tivoli company with early tricks, The Miser's Dream and The Vanishing Lamp. He later furthered his career in England and America.
In the 1930s, he left magic to work in Hollywood as a technical adviser for special effects with First National and Warner Bros. pictures.
Alberto committed suicide in California after years struggling with severe clinical depression.