Not strictly British, but those with long memories will recall a time when Hans Moretti and his lovely (ahem) assistant Helga were staples on any light entertainment telly. Crackpot German magician with a poor grasp of English, specializing in escapology and stunts involving live ammunition, crossbows and potential self-harm. Sporting a fine 'tache, no doubt he used magic to channel all of his follicular energy from his scalp to his top lip.
I thought he was brilliant. Much more impressive than Paul Daniels and his petty Bunko Booth.