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Topic: Gangsters
Message: Posted by: gmeister (Nov 12, 2014 12:22PM)
OK, this may not be the right Forum, but it's hard to tell which is, so . . .

For research I'm doing, anyone know of any gangsters/criminals who had magic/mentalism or any of the allied arts as a hobby. Even an obsession with magic would be helpful. (Gamblers and con men are excluded: we're talking about real gangsters here). While I'm especially interested in the 1920's and 1930's, I'm not restricting responses to those periods.

Any assistance/direction pointers would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
gary
Message: Posted by: wulfiesmith (Nov 12, 2014 12:49PM)
That certainly must score as the most obscure and interesting question I have heard!
respects to you ...

wulfiesmith
Message: Posted by: lunatik (Nov 12, 2014 01:59PM)
I was a Vicelord back in the late 80's-early 90's, but I'm probably not exactly what you're looking for lol
Message: Posted by: tommy (Nov 12, 2014 03:22PM)
False botton coffins spring to mind.
Message: Posted by: gmeister (Nov 12, 2014 04:07PM)
Cute and cuter!

And now to turn to the serious side, Paul Petrillo, he of the 1930s Phillie Poison Ring, had a fascination with magic. Your turn.
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Nov 12, 2014 04:31PM)
[img]http://s4.postimg.cc/nm5z6pkgd/aclev.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: gmeister (Nov 12, 2014 04:37PM)
Hey, how great--a female gangster!

I know it's not Ma Barker. Can you identify her?
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Nov 12, 2014 05:50PM)
[quote]On Nov 12, 2014, gmeister wrote:
Hey, how great--a female gangster!

I know it's not Ma Barker. Can you identify her? [/quote]

Mary Murphy, since you're asking. :)
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 12, 2014 07:13PM)
I don't know if this is what you're looking for but Alexander...the Man Who Knows was a serious criminal.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Nov 12, 2014 07:19PM)
Hitler
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Nov 12, 2014 10:24PM)
I know Magic Magazine ran a letter from Howard Thurston to Al Capone talking about Capone taking his son to Thurston's show and suggesting a teacher for the boy if he feels interested in magic. The editor of the article states that the "teacher" was probably going to be Harlan Tarbell.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Nov 13, 2014 07:33AM)
Thurston himself was a gangster when he was younger according to the Steinmeyer book.