(San Francisco, California: 14th May 1859 - 20th March 1924)
German-Jewish ancestry. Stage name of Leib [sic] Morgenstern. Debut at age 18. Moved to England in 1884. A major pro stage magician. His basic 15-minute act comprised card tricks, the Vanishing Birdcage, plus an illusion. Toured the Continent, USA (1887), the Continent (1888), Australia (1892), and USA (1896).
In 1896 after returning to England, he began a round-the-world tour that took him to South Africa, Australia (1896), New Zealand, Fiji, India (1898), Burma, Singapore, the Philippines, Borneo, Shanghai, Japan, Hawaii, and the USA, returning to England in 1898.
Toured Europe 1902-03, Denmark 1906, USA 1906-07, and Europe 1910-11. After his sudden death in Coventry, his widow ("Amilie D'Alton") continued his show briefly. Autobio is A Modern Mystery Merchant (1924, 319pp).