Richiardi Jr. (often billed just as Richiardi), was the stage name of magician Aldo Izquierdo (24 November 1923 6 September 1985), who became infamous for dramatic and gory stage presentations of classic stage illusions.
Richiardi was the son of another professional magician, who used the stage name Richiardi the Great. He was Peruvian (although sometimes wrongly described as Brazilian or Argentinian).
Richiardi Jr made his name with a series of stage shows featuring versions of established illusions such as sawing through a woman. What made his shows distinctive was that he used fake blood and other techniques to give the impression that he really was cutting or maiming his assistants. In 1949, Time magazine noted that these shock tactics had made his act one of the top earning stage shows in New York. He continued performing in that city throughout his career, with shows such as The Incredible World Of Magic & Illusion, which ran at The Village Gate in New York in 1978. Richiardi performed the floating "kiddie car" a variation of a well known suspension effect on the Ed Sullivan show which, years later, was used in Doug Henning's successful New York show Doug Henning & His World of Magic.
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