|Born||John F. Connelly|
May 15, 1918
|Died||May 17, 2011 (age 93) |
John Connelly (1918-2011) served as Treasurer for the Society of American Magicians for more than 20 years.
He started with a Gilbert Mysto Magic Set in 1929, after seeing the "Blackstone Show" in Lynn, Massachusetts where lived all of his life
He played nightclubs and club dates with a 12-minute pantomime act and during World War II he performed more than 2,000 volunteer USO shows. He joined Assembly No. 9 in Boston in 1948 and was responsible for developing the Witch City Assembly No. 104 in. Salem. He had a small mail order business while also working in the civil service as a postal clerk.
In 1965, he developed a 40 minute lecture on ESP and parapsychology. This took him to Japan where he became the first American performer to appear on Japanese TV. 
He was elected into the Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame and Magic Museum.