|Died||circa 1982 |
John W. "Mac" McDonald (1907-c.1982) was a pitchman and society's entertainer around the 1930s. McDonald had only one hand, having lost his right one as a small boy. It was severed by a sawmill when he was only ten years old while working in Alabama.
Arriving in California as a young business man, he soared to the top of his profession as a diamond broker. He operated "McDonald's Diamond Exchange" in Los Angeles dated in the 1920's.
When The Depression hit the United States, he started working as a magician. He billed himself at times as the "Champagne Magician", the "One-armed Magician" and the "Society Magician". He developed a reputation during a 12-year career as a man who entertained royalty and played to discriminating audiences. He entertained Franklin Delano Roosevelt twice.
He is most remembered for his MacDonald's Aces card routine.
- ↑ LOUIS TANNEN A Brief Sketch of His Magic Life By Ralph Read in Linking Ring, April 1951
- ↑ Henderson Home News-Henderson, Nevada, July 2, 1964
- ↑ Vernon Touch in Genii 1973 October, Genii 1973 December, Genii 1979 March and Genii 1985 November
- Genii, Vol. 8, No. 10, June 1944, ODD MAGICAL FACTS by FRANK FEWINS, page 348
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 31, No. 2, April 1951, LOUIS TANNEN, A Brief Sketch of His Magic Life by Ralph Read, page 76