Sphinx (Sept. 1946)
|Born||Mario Amando Vigna|
|Died||November 8, 1953 (age 51) |
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Resting place||Chacarita Cemetery, Buenos Aires|
Prof. Notis (c.1901-1953) was a foremost card expert in South America.
Commencing show business at an early age in a circus, he became a professional gambler from which he graduated to become a sleight-of-hand card conjurer.
For over thirty years he had worked regularly in South America. Notis performed in Paris and Berlin during his European tour of 1935 and was well known in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile.
He was an intimate friend of many of the North American magicians who make the cruise voyages to Buenos Aires.
Notis could perform ten single-handed cuts simultaneously in each hand, balancing a feather on his nose as he did so, and he could juggle with three cards as easily as another juggler with balls.
He died of a heart attack in a taxicab on his return from playing a date.
His "Notis Cascade", a flourish, was described by Lewis Ganson in his Dai Vernon's More Inner Secrets of Card Magic."
- ↑ Tops, Feb. 1954
- ↑ Abra, 21st NOVEMBER, 19S3
- ↑ Notis—And A Pack of CardsBy E. Leslie Briant, Sphinx, September, 1946
- ↑ Broken Wand, Linking Ring, Jan 1954