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Cardini’s monocle. Gold-rimmed monocle worn and used by Cardini. 1 ½” in diameter. With sturdy leather case bearing the name “Glasses by Hansen/Jamaica” stamped in gold on the verso. Very good. Cardini’s monocle, was, ostensibly, a fashion accessory and iconic part of his wardrobe. Its presence was also used to enhance the amazing things that happened to the great magician – be they puzzling, or surprising. Its presence was also integral to his costume. But it was more than that. In fact, the monocle was integral to the working of much of Cardini’s flawless sleight-of-hand, being one of the strongest and most deceptive tools in his arsenal. Though innocent and unprepared, each time the monocle fell from or was replaced in Cardini’s eye, it gave him a logical and motivated action around which he could execute covert sleight-of-hand techniques.

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Cardini’s monocle.

Estimate $1,200 - $1,500Apr 6, 2013