|Born||R. D. Chater|
|Categories||Books by Hercat|
Hercat was a journalist, actor and professional illusionist.
The great-grandson of Lord Melville, he wrote a number of popular books on magic and the allied arts.
After working as a journalist and actor, he became a professional magician around 1868 and performed with success in America before returning to England, where he billed himself as an American.
Illusion he created included "She", a cremation illusion which was featured at the Egyptian Hall (1888) and the "Blue Room" (~1895).
Stanley Collins in a letter to his friend John Braun in 1957 wrote "Hercat I saw on several occasions and can tell you he was about as bad as a conjurer could be. His patter was banal; his tricks were always clumsily handled and his so-called ventriloquism was just a travesty. How ever he managed to gain the little reputation that he did achieve here is one of life’s mysteries."
- Card Tricks and Conjuring Up to Date (1896)
- Latest Sleights, Illusions, Mind Reading and New Card Effects (1903)
- Ventriloquist and Ventriloquial Dialogues (1905)
- Conjuring Up to Date (1906)
- Card Tricks With and Without Apparatus Up to Date (1906).
- Chapeaugraphy, Shadowgraphy and Paper-Folding (1909)
- More Conjuring (1912)
- ↑ Magic A Pictorial History History of Conjurers in the Theater by David Price (1985)
- ↑ 49. HERCAT, THE AUTHOR, Complete Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities by Edwin A. Dawes (2005)