Tony Slydini (September 1, 1901 - January 15, 1991) was a world renowned magician born Quintino Marucci in Poggia, Italy. He first took the stagename of "Tony Foolem" and eventually later "Tony Slydini".
Slydini was the son of an amateur magician who encouraged him to pursue sleight of hand at an early age.
While still young, Slydini and his family moved from Italy to Argentina. He worked in South America's version of vaudeville, but after the Great Depression hit, work became scarce.
In 1930, he moved to New York City, where he got a job at a museum on Forty-second Street and later found work in carnivals and sideshows. On a visit to Boston, Slydini landed a three-day show and ended up performing in Boston for seven years.
Slydini's magic was usually impromptu, rather than follow a set sequence of tricks. He allowed his audience and the situation to dictate his show.
The French film producer Christian Fechner brought Slydini to France and professionally filmed his entire repertoire possibly during the 1970s. The films have never been released.
Books and Videos
- The Magic of Slydini by Lewis Ganson
- Annotated Magic of Tony Slydini
- The Best of Slydini ... and more (vol 1 and 2) by Karl Fulves
- The magical world of Slydini by Karl Fulves
- The magic of Slydini and more (vol 1 and vol 2) by Karl Fulves
- Stars of Magic Series 8
- Leon Nathanson's "Slydini Encores"
- As I Recall (2 DVD Set) : Slydini's students pay tribute to the man, the mentor, and the magic. They recall some of their most cherished moments with the master and perform their favorite effects, keeping his legacy alive.
Slydini on Cavet
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i30qx9eI1r0 Paper balls into box
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW6oQZc_c80 Just misdirection
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZ2_AAkyYG4 The cigarette fantasy