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I'd like to begin a post on magicians from Cuba and I'll start it off with three:

Ceasreo Pelaez
Jose de la Torre
El Gran Dary
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Sorry for the spelling mistake: Cesareo Pelaez
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What was Senor Mardo's nationality?
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Senor Mardo was the stage name of Cuban magician Charles Mardo. He performed in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. He was well known for his bar magic and the egg bag that bears his name.
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Although Mario Carrandi is not a performer he is a well-respected dealer and collector who was born in Santa Clara, Cuba.
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El Gran Dary -- Dario Fernandez -- was a major competitor of my brother's when they were both working in Havana in the late 1950's, and then became a close friend when they both found each other again in the San Francisco area in the late 1960's. I remember him well, a magician from the old school. He came to a number of of our IBM Ring 38 meetings and joined me for the 1969 PCAM Convention in San Jose.

Around 1970, I produced a magic show for Serramonte Center in Daly City as part of a weekend promotion named "The Magic World of Values." I hired Dary as one of the acts, and he and his wife wowed the audience with their traditional style and stage presence. It was great watching him work.

He used to joke that, after 30 years in magic, he'd had to change his name from "El Gran Dary" to "Great Dary" when he came to the U.S. If I remember correctly, his son Dario became a psychiatrist or psychologist.

He passed away while I was in the Army around 1972. Thanks so much for bringing back the memories.
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Darío Fernández-Morera (El Gran Dary) died in 1973. He was born in Sancti Spíritus, Cuba. When my father was a boy in the 1930s he saw El Gran Dary perform in Yaguajay. His company was known as the Compañía Fantástica de Grandes Espectáculos. He is said to have taken an insurance policy to protect his hands. I will always remember my father talking about this wonderful magician.
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The funny thing I remember about Dary was that he was so much a regular guy, just the guy next door except he made his living as a magician. He had this really funny story about how he broke his thumb once with an appearing flagpole and how he had to explain to the doctor how it happened. I seem to remember him saying he bought the thing from Chang (Juan Pablo, the Peruvian (?) illusionist).

Once, at one of our IBM Ring 38 meetings at Odd Fellows Hall in SF, he sat down and started playing the piano. I had no idea he could do that. But his old-school manipulation was a joy to watch.

What I want to know is how you got the accent over the a in Fernandez and the squiggly over the n in Compania to show up on this forum. That's real magic. Smile
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Ahh... magic of importing from other formats!:)
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Does anyone out there have information about Fran-Klint? According to Bart Whaley's Who's Who in Magic he was born in Havana in 1887 and did card and cigarette manipulation. He apparently died in Paris in 1950.
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Chang, Juan Pablo Jesorum, was born in Panama City, Panama. He was an assistant to the Great Raymond and played under the name, "The Great Pablo", until 1913, when he became known as "Li-Ho-Chang" and then "Chang". He died in 1972. He had a maternal grandparent who was Chinese; otherwise, he was of Spanish and Indian stock. At least he could say he was more Chinese than Chung Ling Soo!
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My first posting goes to my roots. Glad to be here.

I personally saw and met El Gran Dary in my early years in Santa Clara, Cuba, many times. I loved the guy. I was 7 or 8 years old and saw him at the famed Caridad Theater in my hometown, Santa Clara. He was tall, slender, handsome, well groomed, including mustache, and dressed in impeccable black tails. He looked like Mandrake from the comic strips!
Senor Mardo (Everardo Ordaz) was a close friend and also mentor in a lot of ways. He personally taught me his outstanding Cup and Ball routine and stage Magic with no bulky apparatus. Canes, newspapers, cigarettes, pipes, liquid suspension, billiard ball manipulation, blendo...all 12 minutes of it and, as he said, that was more than enough!
Must clarify that I did perform in my early years, abandoned it, and then again from 1970 thru 1975 to help with my tuition fees. I liked stage magic, and the only close up I did was Mardo's Cup and Ball routine.

I have been involved in Magic Collecting since 1967, and have made nice living from it, as a professional, since 1982.
I was a partner with Tony Spina and owned Tannens Magic from 1980 thru 1982. It was a goal in my life which I accomplished. I just found out that I hated retailing!

Presently actively involved in the auctioning of prime Magic Collectibles and antiquities, live and online. We are proud to state that our last auction, early this year, was the largest ever in the US, grossing over $1MM. Check our site.

I am planning on answering reasonable questions in this forum, identifying and appraising your actual/potential collectibles in a candid, informal manner. So please feel free to ask, I will do my best. Look forward to getting the first one!
Regards to all.
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Welcome to The Magic Café, Mario!

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Mario, welcome aboard. Glad to see you here.

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Great posts! Keep them coming.

José.
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Thanks, all, for the welcoming messages.

More to follow.
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Mario:

It is very good to see you on the forum. Don't be a stranger!
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Hi, Bill! Did you get the cups at the last Swan sale? They looked interesting.

Talking about the Swann/Fechner sale, the material, with a few exceptions, was not of the same previous caliber. As a matter of fact, I was deeply disappointed with the Magic Sets (my new collecting habit).... Hopefully, buyers knew what they were doing.

I thought the clocks and paintings were extremely good buys. These didn't interest you? They were charming with the cherubs and the cups and balls! They would have looked great in your Museum.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.
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Hello, Mario:

Yes, I did get them. The clocks and statues were tempting, but I must have at least a modicum of restraint!

Those hammered brass chick cups are really neat. When I pick them up, I can imagine a street performer using those.

And Happy Thanksgiving right back at you!!!!
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I must publicly state that your website is superb; true dedication and amazing the time you have spent in research, photography, etc. Individuals like you are a true blessing to Magic Collecting. Many talk about ways to perpetuate Magic, but not many deliver like you have. Keep up the good work, and rest assured that your work is truly appreciated. I am sure those in the know share my thoughts. Saludos!
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