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Yank Hoe

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Yank Hoe
BornErcole Castiglione
Turin, Italy

Yank Hoe (fl. 1880s - 1900s) , known for performing the Card in Cigarette, made his first appearance in London at the Trocadero in December 1885. [1] (who, erroneously, indicated his name as "Morenos"). He had a drug store in Torino, Italy, and was an amateur magician and juggler. In about 1882-1883 became manager of an unidentified Japanese juggling troupe and started a professional career with juggling and magic.

In 1886, he became associated with one '''Omene''', a London girl (real name Nadine Osborne) who acted has his assistant until 1892, then began a solo career as an "exotic dancer" and, later, as a magician.[2]

His stage act was a combination of juggling and magic, particularly mind reading. J. N. Hilliard recorded a few of his tricks in T. Nelson Downs' The Art of Magic and in Greater Magic.


His "Sympathetic Coins" was published in The Art of Magic (Hilliard/Downs, 1909), which was a precursor to what would become more popularly known as Matrix.


  1. The Annals of Conjuring By Sidney W. Clarke
  2. Ye Olde Magic Mag, Vol. 2. n. 2 By Marco Pusterla