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Peter Warlock

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Peter Warlock
BornAlec William Bell
June 23, 1904
London, England
DiedDecember 16, 1995 (age 91)
CategoriesBooks by Peter Warlock

Peter Warlock (1904-1995), born Alec William Bell, was a semi professional magician and publisher of The Pentagram from 1946 to 1959 and The New Pentagram from 1969 to 1989.


He also wrote a column in Magigram and served as editor of The Gen.

Peter Warlock was asked to accept the Honorary Life Presidency of the Blackpool Magician Club after the death of Edward Victor.

Honors and Awards

In 1952, he was awarded the IBM's British Ring Shield. His magician daughter, Elizabeth Warlock won the award in 1953.



  • Silk Filter (1947)
  • Atomic Silk (1948)
  • Cream of the Jest (1949)
  • Out of the Loop (1952)
  • Self Contained Milk Pitcher (1952)
  • Ring and Rope Release in Tarbell Course in Magic, Vol. 6 (1954)
  • Adhesive Glass (1955)
  • Ringcord (1959)
  • Double Deck Deception (1959)
  • Diabolo Deception (1959)
  • Thought of Card Across in Dai Vernon's Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic by Lewis Ganson (1967)
  • Giant-Size Triple Tubes (1972)



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  • Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 28, No. 8, October 1948, PETER WARLOCK by John Braun, page 22
  • Cover, M-U-M, Vol. 49, No. 5, October 1959, PETER WARLOCK, magician-of-the-month, by Leslie P. Guest, page 177
  • Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 48, No. 10, October 1968
  • Cover, The New Tops, Vol. 9, No. 2, February 1969, Cover Portrait … Peter Warlock, A portrait of a father by his daughter, by Elizabeth Warlock, page 4
  • Magic Circular, Vol. 90, No. 962, January/February 1996, Obituary PETER WARLOCK (ALEC WILLIAM BELL), MIMC, by Eddie Dawes, page 22
  • GENII, Vol. 59, No. 4, February 1996, OBITUARIES, PETER WARLOCK by Max Maven, page 311
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 76, No. 2, February 1996, BROKEN WAND, PETER WARLOCK (ALEC WILLIAM BELL) by Eddie Dawes, page 129
  • Magicana, Vol. 44, No. 256, FEBRUARY/MARCH 1996, BROKEN WAND, Peter Warlock by Jim Reilly and Elizabeth Warlock, page 17
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Bell, Alec William = Jules Giraud; Deb; Rudi Jader; Russell Sharpe; G. Warlock; Peter Locke, engl. Zauberkünstler; Fachautor (*23.06.1904 Islington, London), page 40