Ross Bertram: Master Magician


In 1953, the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada created a weekly documentary series for television, called “On the Spot.” It was designed as a short newsreel, only fifteen minutes long, filmed onsite with a skeleton crew of three, to give an "up to the minute report on what's going on, somewhere in Canada."

In 1954, a crew, with Austin Willis as the host of the show for that evening, visited Toronto's Hat & Rabbit Club during one of the club's monthly magic meetings. Many Toronto luminaries were there including, Sid Lorraine, John Giordmaine, and Ross Bertram.

Here, in this clip, Ross performs one of his best known routines, The Benson Bowl.