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"Okito" Bamberg, and David "Fu-Manchu" Bamberg,
father and son, not unlike many fathers and children, had an at times
stormy relationship. But as David's career progressed, and both men
got older, there was at first a professional respect, and then the relationship
1953, assisted by Robert Parrish, Okito published his classic volume
"Okito on Magic".
copy shown at left [from private collection] was presented by Okito
to his son David, who was then performing as Fu-Manchu.
my boy David, with love and heartfelt good wishes from Dad, July 15th,
1958", Okito inscribed the book.
mere five years later, in 1963, Okito passed away, and under his father's
inscription David has added "died, June 28th, 1963".
1972, two years before his own death, David closed the circle, inscribing
the book over to "Roberto", from "his friend", David.
remarkable book is one of the few artifacts to physically record a link
in a dynasty in the art of magic that goes back literally centuries,
personally passed from father to son.
has affixed his prized personal seal to the book.
further interest are the trhee dots in a triangular pattern which, in
signing the book "Dad", Okito has included his signature.
This triangular pattern of dots is a characteristic of the signature
of a member of the Masonic Lodge, of which Okito was a member. Many
famous magicians, among them Alexander Herman, Harry Houdini, Howard
Thurston, and John Mulholland were Masons.