Cardini: The Suave Deceiver is currently on my nightstand. Before I acquired this book, Cardini's life and magic was a mystery. It contains many photos of Cardini performing his beautiful magic on stages all over the U.S. and Britain. When you study the photos, it makes you realize that he was as good as the legend implied. If you have any interest in this magician, much will be revealed in John Fisher's book. Some interesting tidbits:
1. Cardini did USO work during WWII but didn't stick around long because of the lousy pay and working conditions.
2. He appeared as the star of a murder mystery play titled The Ascending Dragon in 1935. By all accounts, his acting was good, but the play never caught on fire.
3. Cardini wrote an interesting letter to Al Baker in April 1931 describing an unbelievable incident. He had recently performed in Cleveland when an IBM member invited him to dinner. The next night, Cardini and his wife were also invited to a late night beer fest. That went down well so the Cardinis and other performers on the bill were again invited to a lavish party at a mansion somewhere in the Cleveland countryside. All the performers, including Cardini realized on arrival that they were brought there to perform for the party guests. One of them immediately called a cab and they all got the hell out of there.