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Ricardo Richiardi

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Ricardo Richiardi (1895-1937) born in Argentina, billed himself as The Great Richiardi.

Ricardo Richiardi
Resting placeGreenwood Cemetery. Atlanta, Georgia.

He claimed that his father was the first Richiardi, though he himself was known as Richiardi Sr. Early in his career he worked with Ricardo Richardine, Sr.[1] Richiardi was an assistant and also built illusions for Richardine Sr.. When Richiardi went off on his own, he competed with his former employer for years throughout Latin America.

The Richiardi Sr. show consisted of magic in first half and ventriloquism in the second. He brought his show on tour to the United States in 1936. His illusion show became so large that if all the magic was presented in one continuous performance, the show would run over 7 hours.

In 1937, while on tour, a car accident ended his life in Atlanta, Georgia. His son Aldo Richiardi, would eventually take over the show in 1943 and bill himself as Richiardi, Jr.


  1. Here Comes Richardine by Arthur Leroy, Genii 1959 November.
  • Here Comes Richardine by Arthur Leroy, Genii 1959 November
  • The New Tops, Personality Parade by Geoffrey Hansen, May 1993
  • Out of My Profonde by Arthur Leroy, Hugard's Magic Monthly 1956 pg 550