|Born||February 12, 1898|
|Died||April 30, 1974 (age 76) |
Ranieri Bustelli(1898-1974) was an Italian magician who performed as "Mago Bustelli"
Bustelli started his career of magic in 1918 and at the height of his fame had a show weighing over two tons and running over two hours. A few of the illusions presented were the Spider Girl, Asrah, Improved Aga Illusion, Aerial Suspension on Swords, Bed of Spikes, Chinese Pagoda, Disembodied Girl, Reincarnation, Living Head in Bouquet, Production of a Live Baby from Streamers, Production of seventy clocks, Rice Bowls and Water Fountains, Butterfly Girl and his own Third Dimension Magic Routine.
Bustelli would finish with a Spook Show. A monster, some 12 feet in height, would come lumbering down the aisles to many screams when the creature touched them. There also luminous skeletons, that popped up everywhere.
- Magic in Italy, Genii 1951 October
- Babies The Stork Does Not Bring By Amedeo, Linking Ring, December 1952.
- Valeria E. Russo, Il Mago dei Maghi. La vita straordinaria di Ranieri Bustelli (book+documentary film DVD, 90 minutes, English subtitles), Florence Art Edizioni, 2014