Al Flosso Advertising Banknote
6A
In Collection
#1387
10*
Magic
Memorbilia, Ephemera 
Magician Al Flosso Banknote

Advertising banknote. Front has image of Flosso in plaid suit performing his signature effect, Miser's Dream.
"The Coney Island Fakir AL FLOSSO "STAND UP STRAIGHT BOY".
Back is in green ink with images of the Roterberg large devil token and small Maja tokens on each side of a buffalo.

CONDITION: Has a small tear in bottom edge, repaired with archival tissue tape. In otherwise Very Fine, almost MINT Condition

Size 3.25 X 7 inches

1st of 2
Product Details
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home)
Condition Very Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Notes
Al Flosso From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Al Flosso
Born 1895
Brooklyn, New York
Died May 13, 1976 (aged 81)
New York City
Nationality American
Other names Al Flosso, The Coney Island Fakir
Occupation Magician
Known for Stage performer, magic store owner

Albert Levinson (1895 - May 13, 1976) was a Jewish American magician and entertainer, better known by his stage name Al Flosso. Levinson was born in Brooklyn, New York, and his stage name was taken from a vernacular name for cotton candy: "floss".[1]

"Al Flosso grew to be a legend in Magic. Of The Coney Island Fakir world famous entertainer Joseph Dunninger said, "If there is a better all round magician I have yet to discover him!" Although only 5' 2" tall Flosso became a giant to his audiences as he honed his act in the tough carnival world of Coney Island. Flosso was also a master Punch and Judy worker and can be seen in the movie 'A Night at The Opera' starring the Marx Brothers. Al was at home on any stage however big or small and in 1973 became Magician of the Year after an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. At his funeral Dr. Arnold Boston said, "From ten performances a day on the platforms of Luna Park and Dreamland to numerous appearances on national television, he never gave a bad show." from Fantasma Magic

From 1939 - 1976 he owned and operated Martinka & Co in New York City, America's oldest magic company. Levinson died in New York City in 1976.

References 1. Montague Chadbourne, conversations with Mr. Flosso, ca. 1960-1973, and with Jack Flosso, ca. 1967–1994, included in essays written for the combined exhibition of the Chadbourne Thaumaturgium and the Main Street Museum, White River Junction, Vermont, 2008.
http://members.aol.com/AlFlosso/
http://www.martinka.com
Joeseph Dunniger, Monument to Magic, Lyle Stuart, 1974
Steven Miller, obituary, Jack Flosso, New York Sun, 2003
Jack Flosso obituary, New York Times, October 1, 2003