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Frank Ducrot

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Frank Ducrot

Cover of American Magician (May 1990)
BornT. Francis Fritz
May 7, 1872
Brooklyn, New York
DiedMay 24, 1939 (age 67)
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.

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

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

When Ducrot died in 1939, Al Flosso, his friend from his Coney Island days, purchased the shop from his estate.