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Ten Ichi

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Ten Ichi
BornTenichi Shokyokusai hattori
DiedJune 1912

Ten Ichi (1852-1912), born Tenichi Shokyokusai Hattori in Japan, started out as a professor in the Japan universities and dabbled in magic.


Best known for his version of the Thumb-Tie, it was performed originally in the United States in 1901 and then in 1909 by Ten-Ichi in London. In his autobiography, Nate Leipzig describes Ten-Ichi's show as one of the most original magic shows he had ever seen. Ichi performed his Thumb Tie in the United States in 1901 and then in London in 1909. Ten Ichi taught the Thumb Tie to Carl Rosini and was published in Tarbell's Course In Magic, Vol. 4 (1945).

The Ko Ten Ichi (or Ychi), Ten-Ichi and Ten-Ji Troupes, first arrived in Britain in 1908 and were still attracting audiences in 1928.[1][2]


  1. Conjuring by James Randi (1992)
  2. Obit, The Magician (Goldston), Aug 1912