|Born||Joseph Anthony Giorgio|
September 27, 1923
Herkimer, New York
|Died||February 1, 2012 (age 88) |
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, Forest Lawn Memorial Parks & Mortuaries|
Tony Giorgio (1923-2012) was an actor, magician and gambling expert.
BiographyGiorgio has appeared in more than 100 feature films and television shows. He was also the technical advisor on magic and gambling for Mission Impossible. One of his notable performances was as Bruno Tattaglia, in The Godfather.
Beginning in 1991, he lectured and wrote about con games and gambler's subterfuges. Giorgio wrote on the subject of card manipulation and gambling in Genii magazine.
He has produced and offers for sale several DVDs. A visual treatise on the art of handmucking (holding out), "The Ultimate Work," detailed the magicians' palm and the applicability of the gamblers' palm and methodology to the art of card magic.
- The Giorgio Letters - 1991-1997 in Genii.
- Tossing Broads - 2010 (lecture notes originally entitled "Reminiscences and Magic").