Ricardo Richardine, Sr.
|Ricardo Richardine, Sr.|
Ricardo Richardine, Sr. (fl. 1910-1960) was a Spanish magician from Columbia who performed for over fifty years throughout Latin America with occasional performances in Spanish speaking theaters in the United States.
Richardine, Sr. provided Ricardo Richiardi, Sr. (no relation) his first employment in magic in the 1920s. The two men built a Buzz Saw and Aga Levitation together for Richardine's show. Richardine was known for a very gruesome presentation of the Buzz Saw Illusion which included blood, guts and lots of gore. His Buzz Saw presentation included separating the cut in half girl several inches and then allowing audience members to venture on stage to check out the site.
He retired briefly in 1959 and then returned to the stage in 1962. Eventually he handed the show over to his son Ricardo Richardine, Jr.. His daughter, Marga, also performed with them as Princess of Nanking.