What’s in a Name? (2)

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Full disclosure of last post’s list: We know or knew them as 1) Dai Vernon, 2) Roy Benson, 3) Cary Grant, 4) Sorcar, 5) Bruce Cervon, 6) Fred Kaps, 7) Salvano, 8) Rodolfo, 9) Tommy Wonder and 10) Criss Angel.

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Sorry, but I also need to share some of the most ridiculous stage names ever used in magic: Cardini, Slydini, Throwdini, and almost any other -ini who came after Harry Houdini (an honorable mention though for Steve Martin as The Great Flydini!). In German, we had to bear creative outbursts such as Müllerano, Truk, and Pan Zero. Oh, and not to forget Blob the Magnificent.

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Wondering why so many of magic’s greatest share so few first names? Hope my son Paul John David Michael Jay will do them justice one day!

Oh, and just in case you were wondering: My next boy will probably go by the name Daryl Dani Darwin.


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Spells and Misspellings: What’s in a Name?

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These guys must surely be among the most misspelled magicians of all times: Hofsinzer, Leipsig, Norm Neilson, and Gary Ouelette. And now write down their correct spellings five times each!

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Question: Can you think of more memorable names in magic than Faucett Ross, Pressley Guitar, and Kainoa Harbottle?

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These enviable guys never needed to worry about a stage name: Dean Montalbano, Armando Lucero, and our much missed Aldo Colombini (even though he called himself Fabian for some time).

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These guys, on the other hand, were well advised in creating catchy stage names: 1) David Frederick Wingfield Verner, 2) Edward Emerson Ford McQuaid, 3) Archibald Alexander Leach, 4) Protul Chandra Sarcar, 5) Andrew Bruce Cernava, 6) Abraham Pieter Adrianus Bongers, 7) Tomasz Chelminski, 8) Rezső Gács, 9) Josef Jacobus Maria Bemelman, 10) Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos.

Who they are? Full disclosure tomorrow!