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Henry Hilton

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Henry Hilton
BornHenry Arthur Smith
circa 1884
London, England
DiedMay 1, 1956 (age 71)

Henry Hilton (c.1884-1956) was a regular performer in Great Britain and throughout Europe.


Starting out performing has "Harry Hilton", he was a professional magician for more than fifty years. Sometimes he used "Henri" for a more continental touch.

After getting out of the Armed Forces, he married Tilly Pender and she began assisting him in the act.

His act which concluded with the production and disappearance of four fish bowls[1], was described in Holden's Programmes of Famous Magicians.[2][3]

Owing to failing health, Hilton had to give up regular professional work in 1948 and his last appearance was in Ireland.


  1. Illusion Show by David Bamberg (1991(
  2. Peeps into the Past No. 12, HENRY HILTON, The Dexterous Deceiver. By James B. Findlay in Magic Circular Vol. 51 page 117
  3. Genii 1990 January Collector's Corner by Topper Martyn