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Jose Frakson

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Jose Frakson

Cover of Genii (1961)
BornJose Jiminez Seville
February 7, 1891
Madrid, Spain
DiedApril 15, 1981 (age 90)
Madrid, Spain
Jose Frakson (1891-1981) was billed as "The Man With a Thousand Cigarettes". He had a very successful cigarette magic act and started preforming with black gloves so that large audiences good see his act better.


He was from a very magical family, his father (a doctor), several uncles, a sister and his brothers were all magicians.

Frakson first came to the United States in 1925 when he was booked to do ten weeks but ended up doing 49.

He lost everything in the Spanish Civil War in 1936 but eventually with the help of Dr. Dhotel he emigrated back to the U.S. and resumed a successful career. He became a US citizen in 1945.

Frakson's key phrase that he used throughout his act was, "It's Amazing .. It's Amazing".

Awards and honors

  • The Academy of Magical Arts, which he as an Honorary Life Member, awarded him the Performing Fellowship in 1970 and the Masters Fellowship in 1972.


  • Cover of The Sphinx, Vol. 38, No. 6, August 1939, Frakson, page 144
  • Cover of Genii 1961 June
  • Cover of M-U-M, Vol. 58, No. 5, October 1968, JOSE FRAKSON, magician-of-the month by John Zweers, page 17
  • Cover of Genii Magazine, Vol. 33, No. 6, February 1969.
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 59, No. 10, October 1979, Memoirs of a Magician's Ghost, by of John Booth, CHAPTER 45 – Senor Frakson: King of Cigarettes, page 62
  • Genii Magazine, Vol. 45, No. 8, August 1981, Obituaries, Jose Frakson, page 526
  • M-U-M, Vol. 71, No. 6, November 1981, Broken Wands, JOSE FRAKSON, page 41
  • M-U-M, Vol. 99, No. 3, August 2009, The Nilsen Gallery, Sr. Frakson – Portrait with Vignettes, by Tom Ewing, page 56
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Seville, José Jiminez = d’Olivarès; Frakson, span. Zauberkünstler (*07.02.1891 Madrid; †15.04.1981), page 313