Cover of Genii (1945)
|Born||John Gerard Rodney Boyce|
December 04, 1871
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
|Died||August 14, 1959 (age 87) |
Brooklyn, New York
|Categories||Books by Jean Hugard|
Jean Hugard (December 4, 1871 - August 14, 1959) was born John Gerard Rodney Boyce in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. He would insist throughout his life, though, that he was born in 1872. Hugard used the stage names of Kelmann, Hugarde, Jean Hugard and Chin Sun Loo. He began his professional career in the 1890s. One of his full evening shows presented on tour in Australia and New Zealand was a silent Chinese act.
In 1915, he moved to the United States and worked in vaudeville from 1916 until 1918. One of his feature attractions then was "Birth of the Sea Nymph."
He also was known for his bullet catch routine, which he called "The Great Rifle Feat." He was the first to present it with modern day guns at the time.
He owned and performed in a magic theater in Luna Park (at Coney Island) from 1919-1929. He also appeared in a Broadway Show in 1928 at the Forrest Theater called "The Squealer."
When he retired from performing, he moved to Brooklyn to write and edit magic publications. He wrote more than 30 books on magic. The death of John Northern Hilliard, who had written only the first chapter of Greater Magic, left a lot of manuscript to be completed. Carl Waring Jones, who had contracted for its publication, brought Jean Hugard on board in 1938 to complete and enlarge the text to over 1,000 pages.
He was editor of Hugard's Magic Monthly starting in 1943.
In 1951, Hugard was named the fourth ever SAM Dean of Magicians.
Near the end of his life, Hugard was blind, having lost the sight of both eyes following operations for the removal of cataracts. In spite of this handicap, he continued to work in the magic field at his home in Brooklyn, New York.
Awards and honors
- Elected into the SAM Hall of Fame
- The Silver Wand, Magic Circle's highest award
- "Milbourne Christopher Award," a plaque that Walt Rollins gave each year in the memory of his son Chipper, to the magician who has done most in the advancement of "brotherly love"
- International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 136 (Brisbane, Australia) is named in his honor
- International Brotherhood of Magicians honorary life member
- 10 Card Feats (1932)
- Automatic Deck and Opening Routine (1933)
- Card Manipulations No. 1 (1933)
- Card Manipulations No. 2 (1933)
- Card Manipulations No. 3 (1934)
- Close-up Magic for the Night Club Magician (1934)
- Card Manipulations No. 4 (1935)
- Mental Magic with Cards (1935)
- Coin Magic (1935)
- Card Manipulations No. 5 (1936)
- Thimble Magic (1936)
- Encyclopedia of Card Tricks (1937)
- Money Magic (1937)
- Silken Sorcery (1937)
- Hugard's Annual of Magic 1937 (1937)
- More Card Manipulations No. 1 (1938)
- More Card Manipulations No. 2 (1939)
- Hugard's Annual of Magic 1938-1939
- Modern Magic Manual (1939)
- More Card Manipulations No. 3 (1940)
- More Card Manipulations No. 4 (1941)
- Sealed Mysteries of Pocket Magic (1943)
- Houdini's Unmasking (1957)
- Expert Card Technique (1940) with (Frederick Braue)
- Miracle Methods No. 1 - The Stripper Deck (1941) with (Frederick Braue)
- Miracle Methods No. 2 - Miracle Shuffles and Tricks (1942) with (Frederick Braue)
- Miracle Methods No. 3 - Prepared Cards and Accessories (1942) with (Frederick Braue)
- Miracle Methods No. 4 - Tricks and Sleights (1943) with (Frederick Braue)
- The Invisible Pass (1946) with (Frederick Braue)
- Show Stoppers with Cards (1948) with (Frederick Braue)
- Royal Road to Card Magic (1948) with Frederick Braue)
- Encyclopedia of Cigarette Tricks by Keith Clark
- Encyclopedia of Card Tricks
- The Elusive Canary by Mystic Craig
- Mental Magic by Al Baker
- Effective Card Magic by Bill Simon
- The Fine Art of Magic by George Kaplan
- Greater Magic by John Hilliard
- Jean Hugard (Book) By James B. Alfredson ISBN 0916638847 (1997) - Looks at the life and career of an accomplished magician who worked during the 1930s and 1940s, and his influence on the performance of magic during his day. Published by David Meyer Magic Books.
- ↑ Jean Hugard by James B. Alfredson (1997)
- ↑ Cover Genii 1945 April
- ↑ Cover Genii 1955 March
- ↑ Obit Genii 1959 September
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