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Legendary Magician – “Cardini”

Magician Cardini

From Feb 1932 Vanity Fair Magazine

 Richard Valentine Pitchford presto change-o! Cardini – who does things to a cigarette that no Indian fakir ever did to a rope – was born in Wales in 1898 and could bewitch a pack of cards before he was old enough to talk. Four years overseas in the War left him shell-shocked, and, after eighteen months in a hospital, he was discharged as disabled. Working his way to Australia on a freighter, he made his debut as a sorcerer in Sydney. Since then, Cardini has prestidigitated in twelve countries and was the first magacian to mystify his King and Queen by Royal Command. His vanishing-cigarette trick involves thirty lighted cigarettes, a cigar and a pipe. One the stage, he remains absolutely mute, shunning the patter of magicians and retaining impressive calm. Of late, he has been gathering laurels in the music halls of Manhattan with his cards, his cigarettes and his billiard balls.

1962 Autographed photograph of Cardini inscribed to Dai Vernon.

Publicity photograph for Cardini

Poster for one of Cardini’s appearances at a Keith theater for the Annual IBM Convention.

Cardini died on Nov 13th. 1973. Here is the NY Times Obit.

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – August 1st, 2016 @ Dixon Place

Great night of Variety Arts at Dixon Place!

The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_060The opening act (after Keith’s Chinese Yoyo act) was Maks Turner on aerial.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_072Host Keith Nelson warms up the audience with his Yoyo ‘wind’.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_151Therese Schorn salutes Liz Bolick who juggles and balances everything.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_165Keith Nelson performs with his ‘age-old- parlor trick Yoyo.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_178Jerlin Cuesta works on some new Unicycle tricks. Juggling 3 balls while riding the unicycle.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_223Nelson Lugo performs a magic trick involving a cut and restored rope.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_302Michael Goldman and Lauren Elizabeth do some beautiful acrobatics.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_410Maggie Neuwald performs an amazing series of trapeze movements.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_447Cobra Gold performing a few original tunes. 

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_500Phineas (dressed in Whoopee Cushion attire) and audience volunteer doing a card trick together.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_569Zero Boy captures the audience’s imagination with his oral acrobatics and mimetic storytelling.


Come and visit The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue the FIRST MONDAY in OCTOBER when we are back at Dixon Place!

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“Whoa Wednesday” – A Variety Review at Triskelion Arts – May 15th, 2013

Billy Schultz introduces the MCBilly Schultz introduces the MC Tanya Solomon

2013.05.15_WhoaWed.012Tanya Solomon begins the show with some  introductions.

2013.05.15_WhoaWed.035Jessina Jessina impersonating the artist known as ‘Shakira”.

Adina Valerio as Agnes OlmsteadAdina Valerio as Agnes Olmstead performing a new piece for her upcoming show.

Kareem Woods performs a hip-hop danceKareem Woods performs a hip-hop dance.

Adam Torres performs a funny standup routine.Adam Torres performs a funny standup routine.

Audrey Crabtree performs as a abandon baby.Audrey Crabtree performs as a ‘abandon’ baby.

Barbara Como sings an Irving Berlin song.Barbara Como sings an Irving Berlin song.

Zhanna Gomanenko and Bon Provenzano perform a tango.Zhanna Gomanenko and Bon Provenzano perform a tango.

2013.05.15_WhoaWed.244Curtain Call for the Whoa Wednesday cast of performers.

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