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Richardi, Jr. - The Ed Sullivan Show
7 October 1956
14 October 1956
4 November 1956
1 September 1957
16 February 1958
13 July 1958
21 February 1960
23 April 1961
17 September 1961
12 May 1963
1 October 1967
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On 2008-08-14 21:21, Magicray69 wrote:
Richardi, Jr. - The Ed Sullivan Show
7 October 1956
14 October 1956
4 November 1956
1 September 1957
16 February 1958
13 July 1958
21 February 1960
23 April 1961
17 September 1961
12 May 1963
1 October 1967


That's really interesting. I knew Richiardi had the record for the most appearances by a magician on The Ed Sullivan Show but I didn't realise he started out so early. Clearly he deserves credit as a pioneer in that department.

Can you point me to the source of your information on those dates?
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T. Nelson Downs, Merlin, Houdini, Cardini, 4 or 5 isn't enough!
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I'll go with Houdini, Carl Ballantine, Art Metrano and Dom Deluise.
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When I saw this thread title I thought it meant "the most famous living magicians of 1969!" As noted, the thread title could be interpreted any number of different ways.

The subject would be narrowed down considerably if it were titled something like "the historically most famous magicians before the television era." Television changed everything, because it made it possible for a magician to be seen by more people in a single performance than could traditionally be seen in an entire lifetime.

I agree that there's no discounting the incredible popularity of Alexander Herrmann during his lifetime. Remember that the stereotypical image of a magician with a moustache and goatee that we still have today came from Herrmann.
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On 2008-08-27 17:07, MagicalArtist wrote:
When I saw this thread title I thought it meant "the most famous living magicians of 1969!" As noted, the thread title could be interpreted any number of different ways.

I did not find it that complicated. Said nothing about living or dead..
"Please list the 4 or 5 most POPULAR magicians of yesteryear"
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A few I would add include:

Adele Hermann a contemporary of Houdini and in her day out drew him in many venues, she had a huge, popular, and well received show.

Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin the father of modern magic.

I just asked my 90 year old aunt what magicians she remembered and she named two Houdini and Frakson. She saw both (decades apart) and remembers both (or claims to).

Igor Kio (huge in the Moscow Circus and hugely popular in the old Soviet Union. He also produced annual TV magic specials in his country. He was perhaps even more popular than his father Emil or brother Emil Jr. - another magic family dynasty).
The artist formally known as Mumblepeas!
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Marshall Brodien was probably on TV more than any magician with TV magic cards.That might have been after 1970.He was on the BoBo show as Wizzo but only in the Chicago area.

A bit of triva about Milbourne Christopher.If you look in his great book "The Illustrated History of Magic" you'll see its dsdicated to Phil Thomas who owned the Yogi Magic Mart in Baltimore Md.I worked there in the late 60s and eary 70s.

Phil had a local TV magic show in the really early 50s called Phil Thomas and friends.( that I was on when I was about 10 in the audience)

Melbourne and Phil worked together to develope what magic would play well on TV.Jay Marshall was also in on this with them.This was before Melbourne's national TV special.Phil was doing his local show at the time when they were all discussing this.

I heard this story many times right from the horses mouth as Melbourne came in the shop all the time to visit with Phil.

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Off the top of my head, I'm almost positive that Baltimore is where Milbourne grew up. I remember too him telling me that he kept a warehouse down there for his collection. He had a ton of stuff.
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Yes Kevin Milbourne grew up in Baltimore.He and Phil had an act together called "Phil and Mil" when they were teenagers.I have seen photos of the two of them back stage when they were about 15 or so with Howard Thurston at Fords theater in Baltimore.Not sure of the year. ( yes the same Ford that owned the theater in Washington D.C.,long gone but still keep the name)
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Thanks for the info. I met many magicians over the years, but Milbourne was different. To me, he seemed to eat, sleep etc, magic. I never saw another person with such a focus for one subject.
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I actually saw Christopher's first special. I vaguely remember that he had Kalanag on it doing a vanishing Mercedes. But it was more of a show that had several magicians on it than a show that starred one magician with, perhaps, a couple of featured acts.
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Did anyone ever see Joseph Dunninger perform? He was a magician, escapologist and mentalist.

Thanks in advance.
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Milbourne Christopher also put on one of the last big shows of that era on Broadway at the Maidman Playhouse in 1960 where I got to see him perform and later met him backstage, a thrill I will always cherish.
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Mark Wilson had a successful series because he was financially
backed by Pillsbury.

Did Magic Circus only ran in the 1970's or are you referring to
Alakazaam running in the 1960's?

The only other person to have a sucessful and longest running
magic show on TV was Dick Williams.

'Wonderama' was another show.

I think those two ran in the 1970's.
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On 2008-09-15 12:40, Barnum wrote:
Did anyone ever see Joseph Dunninger perform? He was a magician, escapologist and mentalist.

Thanks in advance.

I used to watch Dunninger on TV. Only saw his mentalism act though. He found out early in his career that he could make more money in mentalism than any of the others.
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During Houdini's era there was a comedy magician MAKING MORE MONEY in vaudeveille and in England... Frank van Hoven.

BTW; Jay Marshall had more appearances on the Sullivan show than Richiardi.
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And Topo Gigo had more than Jay. Go figure.
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Thanks Rennie - I've been reading about Dunninger online - absolutely fascinating.
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On 2008-09-19 09:24, Barnum wrote:
Thanks Rennie - I've been reading about Dunninger online - absolutely fascinating.

I have always found Dunninger fascinating. Buy the book "Dunningers Brainbusters" by Joseph Atmore. Very interesting stuff.
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