May 16, 1911
|Died||January 26, 1987 (age 75) |
"Watch my hands, because I'm cheating" - he said, and one wonder came after the other. Rodolfo picked small objects from the pockets of the audience unnoticed, read their minds, and used more than 5000 magic tricks.
Rodolfo was born the son of a typesetter. A Chinese bead vendor taught him his first magic trick. The next day, while he was showing off his fresh knowledge to his friends, he caught the eye of the famous Hungarian actor Árpád Ódry as he was walking by. Árpád Ódry, who himself liked magic tricks and by the way happened to be the President of the Hungarian Magicians Association, took the young kid with the skilled hands under his wings.
The training of the artist who become world famous under the name of Rodolfo was long and extensive. He started his career in 1930 at the Municipal Grand Circus, Budapest, and the news of his talent soon arrived to foreign lands where he also became well known. He entertained audiences in London, Lausanne, Paris and Berlin among other cities. Later he studied at the Artist Academy and other renowned institutions. He also wrote a book on his magic art and marketed a magic kit for kids.
He was a mentor to magicians including Gyuri Kovari. Even after the age of 70 he still practiced 4 hours every day in front of a 6 foot mirror, making sure that every movement was perfect. He practiced for every performance like his life depended on it. During the world war, he performed for the crippled solders in the army hospitals.
His creed was "The artist who is satisfied with himself, is not an artist anymore. He is dead."
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