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Signor Falconi

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Signor Falconi


Signor Falconi (fl. 1780-1816) performed in America in the last two decades of the eighteenth century, relying heavily on mechanical magic, he billed his effects as "Natural Philosophical Experiments."[1]


Falconi emigrated from Italy to Santo Domingo and his first appearance in North American was in Mexico City in June of 1786. By June of the following year, he was playing at the Corre's Assembly Room in New York City. Over the next nine years, he appeared in more theaters than any other magician in the United States, mostly up and down the east coast.[2]

By 1787, he was using a concealed magnet to stop watches and attract small objects.[3]

On Friday, December 3rd in 1787 he performed at the Old Theater in Baltimore, Maryland. He spoke five languages fluently and would entertain French soldiers stationed in Baltimore and elsewhere along the east coast.[4]

He was elected into the Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame and Magic Museum.


  1. The celebrated Hymen Saunders by Charles Pecor, Linking Ring, January 1974
  2. The Natural Philosophical Experiments of SIGNOR FALCONI By Charles J. Pecor, Linking Ring, August 1975
  3. Cheating and deception by J. Bowyer Bell, Barton Whaley (1991)