DUCROT, FRANK -- MT116.000 - Part 2
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DUCROT, FRANK -- MT116.000

LOCATION: New York, New York
DATE: 1935
OBV: "MAHATMA GANDHI INDIA COIN MYSTERY". Part 1: Steel box 25mm in diameter. 7 1/4mm deep, cover "MAHATMA GANDHI INDIA COIN MYSTERY: Part 2: Stamped shell with hindu face in center, silver colored. Part 3: Copper coin, obv: shield, two rampant lions. Rev: Wreath, "MAHATMA / GANDHI / INDIA / 1932". Part 4: Same as 3, except rev. is silver colored.
REV: Blank, except for Part 3 and Part 4.

Another of the Frank Ducrot set of coins, this is a shell that now appears to be brass, but originally was plated silver.

Information From:
Magicians' Tokens And Related Items
An Illustrated check-list with estimates of values and rarities.
by F. William Kuethe, Jr.
TAMS Journal, Volume 18, Number 5, October 1978, (Part Two)
Product Details
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home)
Condition Very Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Frank Ducrot

T. Francis Fritz
Brooklyn, New York

Known for
Owner of Martinka

Notable works
Twentieth Century Silk

Frank Ducrot (1872 - 1939), was owner of the Martinka magic shop and a Chautauqua performer. His performances featured hand shadows, chalk talk, Punch and Judy shows and chapeaugraphy.
In the late 1920's, when Otto Hornmann tired of the magic business, he sold his company to Frank, who kept the name as the Martinka-Hornmann Magic Co.

He is known for inventing the classic Twentieth Century Silk trick.

When Ducrot died in 1939, Al Flosso, his friend from his Coney Island days, purchased the shop from his estate.

Obit Genii 1939 June


Ducrot, Frank
Born T. Francis Fritz, he spent many years touring the United States as a Chautauqua performer. His performance featured hand shadows, chalk talk, Punch and Judy shows, chapeaugraphy (the art of making many different hats with one small circle of felt) and many other markers of the variety performer's trade. He is known in magic circles for inventing the classic trick called the Twentieth Century Handkerchief (in 1900 - the beginning of the 20th Century) and as inventor of the original Blendo, known as The Perfection Flag Trick and the version of the Chinese Rice Bowls used by many magicians today. During his long ownership of the Martinka company, Ducrot was very successful as a society entertainer. Many of his original silk magic effects can be found in Rice's Encyclopedia of Silk Magic.