Today is the birthday of August Gerald Fowler (1888-1960). Apprenticed to J. N. Maskelyne, he started performing magic in English music halls in 1906. He specialized in manipulating watches and clocks, billed as “The Watch King” and “The Chronometrical Illusionist”. He made clocks and watches appear, vanish and levitate and at the climax of his act produced 30 ringing bells from his hat. Fowler was to tour big time American vaudeville with success several times during the 1920s.
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