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Cardini’s stage-worn tuxedo. Being a custom-tailored tuxedo worn by Cardini in hundreds if not thousands of performances of his legendary manipulative magic act. Accompanied by a black seal fur top hat, imitation red flower boutonniere, white dress shirt, collar, bow tie, spats, white pocket handkerchief and vest, together composing perhaps the most iconic costume of the most imitated magic act of the twentieth century. All articles show wear from use, but overall good condition. Cardini cut a slim and glamorous profile on stage. By the time he first appeared at New York’s Palace Theater, in the late 1920s, his immaculate attire and gentleman-about-town look had become the standard to which all other magicians were judged. It was an image that became synonymous with the word “magician” to the general public, and still is today.

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Cardini’s stage-worn tuxedo/costume

Estimate $2,500 - $3,500Apr 6, 2013