Quicker than the eye…

“My grandfather thought Houdini was a cad,” remarks Accord resident Peter Pitchford, reminiscing about his famous relative, the magician Cardini. Recognized by magical greats such as Jeff McBride as the ultimate master of sleight-of-hand, Cardini invented many tricks that are staples of today’s art. He thoroughly disapproved of the attempts by magicians such as Houdini to convince their audience that spirits gave them magical powers.

Furthermore, recalls Pitchford, “Houdini would borrow his cards to do tricks and would return them crumpled.”

As a child, Pitchford visited Cardini often at his residence in Gardiner, near New Paltz, and . . .

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