Yesterday we in India saw what was the fourth episode in the masked magician series on Star World. At the end of it all, we saw the “unmasking” of the masked magician, and were introduced to Valentino, ostensibly introduced as one of the top 10 illusionists in the world.
Valentino then came forth and poured his heart out to the world about how whatever he did was for the betterment of the art, and the furtherance of the same. His eloquence notwithstanding, the words that came out of his mouth sounded hypocritical to say the least…
I present this article written by magic.about.com on 30th October 1998, when the series was first telecast by Fox Tv in the USA, where the authors say: The most hated magician in magic… the “Masked Magician”, a.k.a. “Valentino, a.k.a. Lenny Montano has become a magic pariah. Why would anyone do this? read article >>
Did Valentino really do this series of exposure due to the reasons he claimed: “because of my love for magic”, and to prevent the nightmare that “magic was going to be forgotten”?
I, like the author, think NOT.
Interesting also that while the producers claimed that the world of magicians was waiting with bated breath to find out the true identity of the masked magician, while in fact the true identity being Lenny Montano was known within “36 hours after the first special aired”.
For now, I will leave you with the article…