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Milton Chase

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Milton Chase
BornDecember 16, 1851
Pittsfield, New Hampshire
DiedApril 30, 1928 (age 76)

Milton Chase (December 16, 1851 - April 30, 1928) was a famous manufacturer of Boston started by Nathaniel E. Chase and carried on by his son Charles Milton Chase.


Chase moved to Boston as a child and then graduated from the "Massachusetts Institute of Technology" and worked with his father. He gave a few public performances, but was more successful as a mechanic than as a performer. Advertisements can be seen in the Sphinx as a "Manufacturer of FINEST MAGICAL APPARATUS" with "Established 1851".

About 1853, his father Nathaniel who was a manufacturing tinsmith, began making apparatus for magicians popular at that time such as Jonathan Harrington and Signor Blitz.

Around 1882, he bought out the "Adam & Co.," (dealers in magicians supplies) and continued the business for many years as "Milton Chase". During those years he made apparatus for Herrmann, Kellar, Powell, Walter Edwin Floyd and many others. He retired about 1912 due to ill health.

Chase was the inventor, along with B. B. Keyes, of the illusion "Astarte", which was first presented by William Robinson (Chung Ling Soo). Later Alexander Herrmann presented it as "The Maid of the Moon" and "Florine, the child of the air."[1][2][3][4]


  1. Leaves from Conjurers' Scrap Books" by H. J. Burlingame, page 21
  2. Cover of Mahatma, Vol. 3, No. 5 (November, 1899).
  3. History of Conjuring and Magic By Henry Ridgely Evans, (1928)
  4. Sphinx May, 1928