Masked Magician, The

Hidden behind a black mask with white strips, the Masked Magician exposed to the world the secrets behind the world’s most exciting magical tricks in a series of TV Specials entitled BREAKING THE CODE: MAGIC’S BIGGEST SECRETS FINALLY REVEALED/FOX/1997-98.


This Benedict Arnold of the Houdini set revealed the secrets like teleporting a woman from one cage to another (Just use Twins) to “challenge magicians to come up with new ideas, to push magic into the 21st century.”

Newspapers like USA Today, Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Los Angeles Times suspected that the masked man was in reality a magician named Valentino.

On the fourth installment (aired 10/29/98) of MAGIC’S BIGGEST SECRETS No.4: THE FINAL REVEAL we learned the name of the mysterious magician. And yes, it was none other than….Valentino.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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