Tommy Cooper was born Thomas Frederick on March 19th in Caerphilly South Wales, at 8 years old he was bought a magic set and would spend hours perfecting the tricks.
Later he later served as a trooper in the Royal Horse Guards where Tommy joined the NAAFI an entertainment party where he developed an act around his magic tricks.
One evening in Cairo, during a sketch in which he was supposed to be in a costume that required a pith helmet, having forgotten the prop, Cooper reached out and borrowed a fez from a passing waiter and thus Tommy’s most prolific prop was born.
Tommy became a top act on the circuit which soon brought him to TV audiences where he remained popular with audiences for over 40 years.
"A guy walks into a pub with a lump of asphalt on His shoulder, He says to the bar man give us a pint and one for the road". Tommy Cooper