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He began performing as an assistant to his father, but had no intention of becoming the third generation of Richiardis. He wanted to become a doctor instead. After his father's death in the United States, he saved up enough money to move back home to Argentina (where most of his father's illusion were stored). He attended military school and studied singing and dancing.
By 1943, wanting to carry on the family tradition, he began performing as "Richiardi Jr." in Argentina, later billing himself as "the youngest illusionist in the world".
He was a frequent performer on the Ed Sullivan TV Show and appeared in a number of TV variety shows including "Witness the Impossible" and NBC's "Magic of the Stars." In 1980, he taped his a cable TV special "Richiardi's Chamber of Horrors," hosted by Vincent Price.
While performing in the Bahamas his foot was injured. Richiardi died from complications following surgery when both legs had to be amputated for infection and diabetic problems.
His son Ricardo continued on the family performing tradition. His son's first appearance was in O'Porto, Portugal, performing the Rice and Water at the age of four on the same stage as Aldo when he was four.
See also Ricardo Richardine, Jr. (no relation).
- "Bernadette Award" presented by the Harry Blackstone on the Tonight Show in 1957.
- Performing Fellowhip from the Academy of Magical Arts (1972)
- Magician of the Year by the S.A.M. (1979)
- Magician of the Year from the Academy of Magical Arts (1982)
- Magician Of the Decade by the SAM (1980)
- Variety Entertainer of the Year from Atlantic City