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Hikita Tenko

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Hikita Tenko
BornIsao Hikita
July 3, 1934
Yokohama, Japan
DiedDecember 31, 1979 (age 45)
Resting placecremated

Hikita Tenko (1934-1979), a professional escape artist and illusionist, as a Japanese TV star in the 1970s.


Inspired by a local magician at the age of eight, he performed in Western dress. Added a dove act after seeing Channing Pollock in the 1962 Italian film European Nights.

He became one of the highest paid entertainers in Japan.

His career was halted after a heart attack in 1976 and before a come-back effort, another heart attack ended his life.[1]


  1. Obit Genii 1980 February