Bert Allerton started his magic career later in his life, after having a successful career as a businessman.
His polished closeup skills made him a favorite act in nightclubs like Chicago's Pump Room, where he amazed his audiences with his own unusual twists on classic tricks.
A favorite effect was the Vanishing Birdcage, which is usually presented as a stage effect, Allerton was the only professional magician to make it part of his closeup routine.
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