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Cover of Sphinx (October 1944)
BornAbraham J. Cantu
November 24, 1896
Monterey, Mexico
DiedAugust 27, 1949 (age 52)
Atlanta, Georgia

Cantu (1896-1949), born Abraham J. Cantu in Monterey, Mexico, was the first magician to make doves appear.


He did not get started in magic until later in life after successfully working as a barber. He moved to the United States and performed in theaters and nightclubs for many years in an elaborate Mexican cowboy (Charro) costume.

Cantu then toured Mexico but changed his name because Cantu was so common a name. He reversed the syllables and became Professor Tucan. He also had success in England, Ireland and France.

He was a member in the Los Angeles Society of Magicians and performed as a magician in the Laurel & Hardy Spanish remake of CHICKENS COME HOME called, Politiquerías in 1931.

He died in an automobile accident in Atlanta, Georgia.

Cantu's magic inspired magicians Channing Pollock and John Thompson and is credited with the Buckle Count.[1]


  1. Cover of Sphinx in October 1944