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Chris van Bern

Chris van Bern

(Britain: 1871 - 7th February 1950)

Stage name of T.B. Byrne. Pro music-hall magician. Founding President of the Mahatma Magic Circle in Liverpool, 1915. Played St. George's Hall 1918, 1920, and 1921. Later switched to club magic act. His wife performed as "Iva Voyce". Biography is Chris Van Bern: The Busy 'B' by Roger Woods.

Wrote A Whirlwind of Wizardry (1919, 94pp, with De Vega).

Coauthors: Alex De Vega

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Chris van Bern & Alex De Vega
A Whirlwind of Wizardry by Chris van Bern & Alex De Vega

From the Introduction:

Remember that the average act, which can be acquired by anyone without much practice, is seen on the Halls so often that one becomes absolutely bored with it. They are known in the profession as “Penny a bunch Acts.” Now with a little application, you can stand apart from this bunch, and be a specialist, so this book is offered in the sincere hope that you will be able to glean an act from it, and we tell you to do so in all confidence, as the material is original, and has seldom, if ever, been used in public.

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