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Henry Bate

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Henry Bate
Borncirca 1863
Diedcirca 1944 (age 80)

Henry Bate (c.1863-1944), who had experience in making tricks for toy sops, was discovered by David Devant in 1902 and became his chief mechanic.[1]


The son of a watchmaker and gunsmith a, Bate had developed a craze for conjuring as a schoolboy and spent many hours in his father’s workshop.

Bate’s conjuring interest would extend to professional performing and for several years he had made his living as a drawing room entertainer.

Besides manufacturing tricks, Bate ran a Photographic Studio in Hove.

The March 1944 issue of The Budget reported that Henry Bate died “a few weeks ago at Hove, Sussex, at the age of 80.[2]


  1. Illusion Show by David Bamberg (1991)
  2. 344. HENRY BATE: A LEADING ‘BACK-ROOM’ MAN OF MAGIC , A rich cabinet of magical curiosities by Edwin A. Dawes (2010)