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 1978 television special Chamber of Horrors, introduced by The Mad Magician himself, Vincent Price:

To find out more about the variety arts past and presentconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famousavailable at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. And don’t miss Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, to be released by Bear Manor Media in 2013.


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