Richiardi, Jr.

Today is the birthday of Richiardi, Jr. (Aldo Izquierdo, 1924-1985), the son of magician Richiardi the Great. Of Peruvian descent, his claim to fame was horrific special effects (e.g., spurting stage blood when he sawed a woman in half). In the 40s, he was reported to have one of the top earning shows going in New York. He was on the Ed Sullivan Show two dozen times. Here he is in a 1985 TV special hosted by Christopher Lee. 

To find out more about the variety arts past and presentconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous


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