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Jackie Flosso

Owner of Flosso-Hornmann Magic Shop

Jackie Flosso, owner of the Flosso-Hornmann Magic Shop in New York, died Sept. 26 in Manhattan of heart and lung ailments. He was 77.

Flosso was a longtime magician who learned his trade from his father Al Flosso, dubbed the Coney Island Fakir by Milton Berle. He performed in nightclubs, vaudeville theaters, USO clubs and in Las Vegas.

He owned the well-known store, which he inherited from his father, from 1976 to 2000. Started by the Martinka family, the Flosso-Hornmann Magic Shop had been in business since at least 1872.

The Society of American Magicians was founded there in 1902 and Harry Houdini was once a part owner.

The atmospheric store, filled with dusty tricks and supplies, had a club-like atmosphere where magicians met to talk with the Flossos.

In 2000, Flosso sold the store to a friend, Ted Bogusta, who closed it and opened a Web-site. Flosso had no survivors.

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