The Coney Island Fakir himself, Al Flosso (1895 – 1976). He has been mentioned by many magicians as one of their inspirations. This is the best footage I have been able to find of him, and most prominent in this routine is his performance of “The Miser’s Dream.” I have another take on this routine on deck for a later Dose, but the way he keeps the routine rolling and pretty much works over the boy from the crowd is stellar. It’s the beauty of seeing an old vaudevillian at work. Flosso was one of the greats.