Frank Ducrot

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Frank Ducrot

Cover of American Magician (May 1910)
BornTheodore Francis Fritz
May 7, 1872
Brooklyn, New York
DiedMay 24, 1939 (age 67)
French Hospital, New York
Notable worksTwentieth Century Silk
Known forOwner of Martinka

Frank Ducrot (1872 - 1939), was owner of the Martinka magic shop and a Chautauqua] performer. His performances featured hand shadows, chalk talk, Punch and Judy shows and chapeaugraphy.


Sometimes called Duke or Fritz, he was well known in the New York City magic scene.

In the late 1920's, when Otto Hornmann tired of the magic business, he sold his company to Ducrot, who kept the name as the Martinka-Hornmann Magic Co.

He is known for inventing the classic Twentieth Century Silk trick.

Ducrot continued to entertain throughout his life, frequently performing at magic club functions. When Ducrot died in 1939, Al Flosso, his friend from his Coney Island days, purchased the shop from his estate.


  • Cover, Mahatma, Vol. 4, No. 3 September 1900, FRANK DUCROT, page 349
  • Cover, The American Magician, Vol. 2, No. 2, May 1910, Frank Ducrot, page 67
  • Cover, The Sphinx, Vol. 22, No. 4, June 1923
  • Cover, The Sphinx, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 1926
  • Genii Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 10, June 1939, A TRIBUTE TO FRANK DUCROT, page 339
  • The Jinx, No. 57, June 1939, Editriva – Frank Ducrot, page 402
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 38, No. 4, June 1939, Frank Ducrot Dies, page 103
  • Hugard's Magical Monthly, Vol. 14, No. 1, June 1956, Out of my Profonde, by Arthur Leroy - Saturday at Ducrot's Dirty Dump, page 436
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Fritz, Theodore Francis = Frank „Duke“ Ducrot, USA Zauberkünstler; Zauberhändler (*07.05.1872 Brooklyn, New York City; †24.05.1939), page 123

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