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BornGustavo Patino Juarez
circa 1922
Los Angeles, California
DiedMarch 13, 2005 (age 82)

Zicarte (c.1922-2005), a graduate of the Chavez School of Magic, regularly appeared on Television in Mexico City, as well as command performances for the President of Mexico.[1]


Born in the United States, his family returned to Tijuana, Mexico when he was still young. He was introduced to magic by an uncle when he was 14 and by 18 he had turned professional, working nightclubs in Mexico.

After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he graduated from the Chavez School of Magic, along with wife Frances. They toured the United States, Central America and South America under the name of "Zicarte y Melba." After three children, he settled into a 40-year management career with a Southern California grocery chain. He continued actively performing on weekends and during vacations filling extensive bookings on short tours. After Frances' death in 1961, the role of "Melba" was taken over by their daughter, Connie.

Zicarte was later inducted into the SAM Hall of Fame.[2]


  1. Magician of the Month, MUM, August 1973 (cover)
  2. Magic, May 2005