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Clerkenwell, London
Lewisham, England

Professor Robert Hellis (1835-1895) was a photographer, magician, magic teacher and dealer in London.[1]


Hellis performed in venues such as The Royal Polytechnic Institution and The Brighton Aquarium. He had a photographic studio and magic shop at 13 Silver Street, Notting Hill, London. M. H. Spielmann started conjuring after seeing magic tricks for sale in the window of his shop.[2]

His magic students included Professor Hoffmann and Dr. Holden.

He was a contact for Charlier and created the Hellis Change (found in Modern Magic) around 1876.) [3]

In June, 1891 Hellis was listed as a passenger travelling from Liverpool to New York. His return to England is unknown but in 1895 Hellis died back in Lewisham, England.[4]


  1. Peeps into the Past (5) ROBERT HELLIS BY J, B. FINDLAY, A.I.M.C., Magic Circular, September, 1956
  2. Annals of Conjuring
  3. A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities By EDWIN A. DAWES, M.I.M.C. No. 95. ROBERT HELLIS AND HIS MAGICAL ATHENAEUM
  4. Hellis in Wonderland by Robert Hellis,Will Houstoun, Peter Lane (2010)