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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‚Äôs 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.

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"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

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