Fantasio (magician)

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Ricardo Roucau

(1936-10-03)October 3, 1936
DiedOctober 30, 2017(2017-10-30) (aged 81)

Ricardo Roucau (3 October 1936 – 30 October 2017) was a magician commonly known as Fantasio.[2] Roucau previously performed as Ricardo and then as Larry, before being warned in 1961 by John Scarne that the name would not work for a magician trying to make it in America.[2] He also performed with his wife as 'Larry and Daisy'.[1] Roucau adopted the name Fantasio after noticing it on a box of playing cards.[2] Roucau was a prolific inventor,[1] and Mike Caveney believes that Fantasio's appearing and disappearing props were at one point the most popular magic props in the world.[3]

Fantasio was a lifetime member of Ring 45 and Assembly 280. In 2010, he was named Dean of Assembly 280.[4]

Published books[edit]

  • Magic with Canes and Candles (1970)
  • My Canes and Candles (1990)


  1. ^ a b c Willmarth, Phil, ed. (June 1996). "Fantasio: Master Magician and Inventor". The Linking Ring. Vol. 76 no. 6. pp. 55–57.
  2. ^ a b c Ibañez, Maria (December 2017). Kaufman, Richard (ed.). "In Memoriam Fantasio". Genii. Vol. 80 no. 12. p. 11.
  3. ^ Caveney, Mike (September 2014). Allen, Stan (ed.). "Classic Correspondence from Egyptian Hall Museum". MAGIC. Vol. 24 no. 1. p. 15.
  4. ^ DelVecchio, Rick (May 2010). "Ring 45 (Miami, Florida) 2010 Installation and Awards Banquet". The Linking Ring. Vol. 90 no. 5. pp. 32–33.