Today is the birthday of the late Igor Kio (1944-2006), an internationally famous magician with the Russian circus association. A second generation illusionist ( his father was the famous Emil Kio), he began doing magic at age five and was performing professionally by age 15. By his young adulthood he had expanded beyond the tricks he’d learned from his father and developed his own repertoire. He was married three times, once to the daughter of Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev (but only for nine days). When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989 he left the State circus assocation and set up his own performing organization. Here he is at work:
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