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Prof. Notis

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Prof. Notis

Sphinx (Sept. 1946)
BornMario Amando Vigna
circa 1901
DiedNovember 8, 1953 (age 51)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Resting placeChacarita Cemetery, Buenos Aires

Prof. Notis (c.1901-1953) was a foremost card expert in South America.[1]


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.[2] Notis performed in Paris and Berlin during his European tour of 1935 and was well known in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile.[3]

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.[4]

His "Notis Cascade", a flourish, was described by Lewis Ganson in his Dai Vernon's More Inner Secrets of Card Magic."


  1. Tops, Feb. 1954
  2. Abra, 21st NOVEMBER, 19S3
  3. Notis—And A Pack of CardsBy E. Leslie Briant, Sphinx, September, 1946
  4. Broken Wand, Linking Ring, Jan 1954