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Here’s another informative letter from American magician Geoffrey Hansen. It’s practically a who’s who list of the great performers in the past who visited the Philippines to mystify and amaze Filipino audiences.
Greetings from the USA. How are things going for you in the Philippines?
On August 1st I spoke on the phone with JOHN CALVERT. As you may know it was his 99th birthday. He was sounding good, alert, and in fine spirits. I’m sure your older members recall he was the love of “Asia’as Queen of Song” PILITA CORRALES back in the 1950’s. That is a very famous story.
The same day I spoke on the phone with JOHNNY ALADDIN. You might be surprised that he is in the new book, LENNY BRUCE: THE MAKING OF A PROFIT. Both JOHN and JOHNNY performed numerous shows in the Philippines going back 30+ years ago.
Some of the other magicians that performed in the Philippines: CARTER THE GREAT, NICOLA, THE GREAT RAYMOND, DANT, HOWARD THURSTON, MAX MALINI, MYSTERIOUS SMITH, RICHIARDI, CECIL LYLE, KEN LITTLEWOOD, CHANG, Count DELLA RAGIONE (Dr. JOHNSON), VIRGIL (and JULIE), JULES KOVARI…and these are the famous ones.
I think CARL HERTZ and HORACE GOLDIN also made shows at the ZORILLA THEATER in Escolta, Manila; but I have no details. I forgot LEVANTE of Australia and PERCY ABBOTT. Of course you know one of the greatest of them all–PAUL POTASSY.
These mentioned were the HEADLINERS. There were also others that visited and performed in night clubs or at the U.S. military bases.
Please give my regards to all our friends in the Islands.
Thanks again, Geoffrey, for sharing to us this information. Many magicians in the Philippines, including me, do not know that great and famous magicians once visited the Philippines to entertain Filipinos with their unique brand of mysteries.