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Topic: Cardini's gloves...
Message: Posted by: A.N.D.R.E.W (May 1, 2006 06:31PM)
Hey I have to wright a 3 page report about cardini and the things that he did that would be considerd "political" and I was wondering if him and his gloves count as political or not and if anyone can give me some sites to goto to find some info and stuff it would help a lot thanks...
and is this true about him?
he wore gloves to hide the cards while back palming them...
Message: Posted by: sethb (May 2, 2006 08:24AM)
Nope, sorry, another urban myth.

Cardini was injured in World War I with skin burns on his hands from mustard gas. He wore gloves to protect his hands while they healed. When he was recuperating in the hospital, he took up sleight-of-hand to pass the time, and found that he could still perform many sleights while wearing the gloves. The back palm hid the cards, not the gloves.

About the only thing I'm aware of that would be even remotely "political" about Cardini would be his onstage character: he portrayed a drunk that became amazed at the cards, cigarettes and coins constantly appearing on his hands and in his mouth. These "drunk acts" were very popular in English music halls and vaudeville (Charlie Chaplin started as one). There were also famous movie drunks like Jack Norton, and on TV we had Frank Fontaine and Dean Martin. But they aren't quite as politically correct nowadays.

If you can find it, there is a very good biography of Cardini in Maurice Zolotow's 1952 book, "It Takes All Kinds." Your local public library might be able to get it for you on interlibrary loan. SETH
Message: Posted by: harishjose (May 2, 2006 09:45AM)
Another story, I heard was that: Cardini was in World War I and he had to stay out in cold weather in trenches. He had to use gloves to protect himself from the cold weather, and his passion for cards could not be stopped by the gloves. He practiced in trenches using gloves and he became good at it. I mean ***$$ good.
Message: Posted by: sethb (May 2, 2006 09:50AM)
Now that I think of it, I believe harishjose has the more accurate answer. Cardini wore the gloves to protect his hands from the cold. But he landed in the hospital from the mustard gas, where he continued to wear the gloves and practice anyway. Sorry for the mixup. SETH
Message: Posted by: Dave Dorsett (May 2, 2006 10:30AM)
You may want to try this site-

This s a Cardini tribute site started by his grandson, Peter Pitchford. There is also an email link for Mr. Pitchford who may be able help you.

My guess is also that you may get a better grade if you "write" the paper (sigh...)

Curmudgeonly apologies, Andrew, from the father of a 16-year old.
Message: Posted by: Clay Shevlin (May 2, 2006 07:31PM)
Sethb provided a good lead by mention of Zolotow's book. Keep in mind, however, that Zolotow wrote fiction for a living, so his "biographies" are often rather embellished. You'll have better luck getting "straight" bio info from Christopher, Price, etc. Clay
Message: Posted by: A.N.D.R.E.W (May 4, 2006 01:03PM)
"My guess is also that you may get a better grade if you "write" the paper (sigh...)"

my teacher said that we can ask questions like this on here...he even is a member his name is cao314159 you might know him

and thanks for all the info