Andy was an original member of the St. Louis Magic Club and wrote to IBM President W.W. Durbin in 1927 for permission to form Ring One. Andy had originated the idea of calling the magic assemblies Rings (as in linking rings) at an earlier magic convention.
He owned the Louis Vizard Cigar Company and became interested in magic around 1926. Louis and his wife, Marie, became prominent entertainers in St. Louis. By the 1940s he started specializing in mentalism effects.
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He caught the magic bug as a youth, and was a popular entertainer in Los Angeles (1922 to 1929) while attending UCLA. A Doctor of Philosophy, he was appointed by J. Edgar Hoover to help the FBI develop uniform crime reporting systems. During a trip to Africa, Charlton took along his magic props, and the students there were mystified by his egg bag routine and other effects.
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