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Why in the past did magicians use Italian names?


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Why do they use them in the present?
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Or, it might be to help utilize the excess of unused vowels to be found in some eastern European countries.

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For shows in which the audience was all or mainly magicians (lectures, conventions, etc.), I used to use the intorductory line:

"My name is Peter Marucci, one of the few magicians whose name really DOES end in a vowel."

Since it always got a laugh, maybe I should dust it off and use it again!
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Interesting question. It could date back to early Music Hall (or Vaudeville) times when many performers genuinely were Italian immigrants and had names ending in -ini. This format was copied to make unknown performers sound authentic. Just a guess.
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Thanks guys for the input.

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Zampese is my real last name, and it always suprises me how many people say, "With a name like that you should be a magician!" even if they don't know I do magic!

I suppose that doesn't really answer the question, but thought I'd mention it anyway.
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ChrisZampese:

I am not Italian, I am Armenian. My name is Bascomb Grecian. I hear that as well "What is your real name?" I say, "That is my real name."

To answer your question, you ask this because you have the image in mind of "The Great Santini" or "The Great Houdini" Zambini , Davido, Etc. Italian names that also were magicians.

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