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    (Tobias Bamberg)
    July 15, 1875 – June 28, 1963

    Gaze into the eyes of Okito, the great illusionist! Be dazzled by the secrets of the Orient! Take in the ancient art of Chinese magic!

    Wait... wasn't it Japanese?

    No, no, definitely Chinese. Where were we? Yes, Okito, the mysterious and amazing! Okito, whose power knows no bounds! Okito...

    Okito, a rather famous magician a century ago, was neither Japanese nor Chinese. Yes, his name was an anagram of Tokio, the old spelling of Tokyo, and yes, he practiced "Chinese-styled" magic, and yes, he tried to pass himself off as Asian... but in reality, he was Tobias Bamberg, a fifth generation illusionist, and a Jew. This would be him.

    Okito's son David was a magician as well, performing under the name of Fu Manchu. Yes, Fu Manchu.

    How is that better than "Bamberg"?

    Verdict: Jew.

    April 15, 2013

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