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Fu Manchu, the gift of magic

An adopted son from England, he brought a gift to these lands: magic.

In Argentina we have many talented children who were born on our land, but we also have many other adopted children, who came through here and fell madly in love with the place. There was one in particular who came from England and brought something that always comes in handy: magic. His name was David Bamberg and he was born in 1904 into a family of magicians, of which he was the seventh and last of the dynasty. When he arrived in Buenos Aires in 1927, he still used the stage name Syko, suggested at the time by Harry Houdini himself. He arrived as part of a company that was on tour, but as soon as he set foot in our country he made a decision that would change his life: this would be his home from then on. Here he became famous and a celebrity. In 1929 he became the magician Fu Manchu, a name inspired by his favorite childhood character. That year he decided to put on his own show and the success was immediate: it was the beginning of the myth. His magic show filled the best theaters of Buenos Aires, with two and three daily performances, for several months on stage. Later, his fame transcended Argentina and he toured the world, mainly in Europe and Central America. He lived in Mexico for some time, but his home was always Buenos Aires. Here he also rested after his retirement from the stage, when he founded his magic shop and the Fu Manchú School, through which many of the current Argentine magicians passed. He died, also here, in 1974. He left behind a legacy of magic, illusions and teachings that several generations of Argentines could enjoy.

Publication Date: 12/07/2018

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