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Richard Valentine Pitchford 24 November — 13 November was a master magician under the name Cardini , whose career spanned almost half a century. He joined the British Army during World War I , where he passed time in the trenches by practicing card manipulations. One result of his many hours of practising outdoors in frigid weather was that he developed the ability to perform card manipulations while wearing gloves. After an unsuccessful attempt to establish himself as a stage magician in British variety, he travelled to Australia, where he performed initially as Val Raymond before adopting the name Cardini.
While working his way across the United States, he met Swan Walker in Chicago , who became his wife in and lifelong assistant. In New York City , Cardini became an almost immediate success, as audiences and magicians had never seen such an act. Cardini enhanced his performance by incorporating his magic tricks into a skit. In he became president of the Magician's Guild , at the death of Theodore Hardeen.
In at the age of 62 he appeared on one of the few magic television shows broadcast at that time, Festival of Magic. He died on 13 November in Gardiner, New York. On 13 November , 30 years after his death, Cardini was recognised by his grand-nephew and fellow magician, Randy Pitchford. Pitchford funded the development of a museum exhibit, in honor of Cardini, located at The Magic Castle in Hollywood , California.
The exhibit can be found in the Inner Circle of the Magic Castle, where the Houdini exhibit previously located. The exhibit showcases some of the most important artifacts from Cardini's act. Among his many acclamations was the New England Magic Society 's proclamation of Cardini as the "greatest exponent of pure sleight of hand the world has ever known" He served as President of the Society of American Magicians in — From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Richard Valentine Pitchford. The Illustrated History of Magic. Psychology Press. Pitchford Dies. Magician Known as Cardini". New York Times. Retrieved 21 July Richard V. Pitchford, who as Cardini was a prominent sleight-of-hand artist and was president of the Magicians Guild in , died today in Kingston Hospital. He was 79 years old and lived in Gardiner. Academy of Magical Arts Performing Fellowship. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Contribute Help Community portal Recent changes Upload file.
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