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"If there is a better all-around magician," master mentalist Joseph Dunninger wrote of Al Flosso, "I have yet to discover him." Combining subtle, sophisticated manipulations with his bold, gritty persona, Flosso's magic became legendary. Though he stood only 5'2", Flosso was a giant of the magic world.
This is a remarkable book about a remarkable life. The book traces Flosso's fascinating career, from his days as a street-corner shill, carnival pitchman, Punch and Judy operator and sideshow magician to his work on Broadway, film and television. He worked with giants of the entertainment world, including the Marx Brothers, Bud Abbott, Ed Sullivan and Jackie Gleason. As proprietor of New York's leading magic shop, Flosso dispensed advice and equipment to the 20th Century's greatest magicians, from Harry Houdini to David Copperfield.Lavishly illustrated with dozens of photos, The Coney Island Fakir captures the essence of this unique performer, his original style, and his influence on the world of magic.
As an added bonus, this volume contains a reprint of Our Magic, produced by Flosso in the 1940s.Our Magic features classic tricks by Flosso, Al Baker, Ted Annemann and other top performers of the day.
Albert Levinson (better known by his stage name Al Flosso; Oct. 10, 1895 - May 13, 1976) was an American magician and entertainer.
From 1939 - 1976, Flosso owned and operated Martinka & Co, in New York City.America's oldest magic company, once co-owned by Harry Houdini, was later known as the Flosso/Hornman Magic Co.
Originally performing primarily in Vaudeville and at Coney Island, he was noted among his peers for perfecting the "Miser's Dream" illusion of producing numerous coins out of thin air and dropping them with a loud clang into a bucket. Later, he appeared on a number of early TV shows.In fact, he was the first magician to appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show", and he appeared several more times as well.He also appeared in several films, including the 1931 Marx Brothers film Monkey Business.
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Book is hardbound. 221 pages.Author: Gary R. BrownPublished by L&L Publishing.
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