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Jim Ryan

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Jim Ryan

Cover of Genii (1967)
BornJames Patrick Ryan
February 6, 1899
Chicago, Illinois
DiedApril 1, 1992 (age 93)
Chicago, Illinois

Jim Ryan (1899-1992) did close-up magic at the "The Magic Tap", which he opened in 1933.


Some close friends and fellow magicians who frequented Ryan's place were: Ed Marlo, Paul LePaul, Johnny Platt, and Matt Schulien.

He sold the tavern business and took a job with the City of Chicago, Department of Weights and Measures. He would continue to work at other bars around town, most often helping Frank Everhart at the Ivanhoe.[1]


Written by Phil Willmarth.


  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 39, No. 2, April 1959, Chicago Parade by Eddie Clever, James Ryan, page 71
  • Genii Magazine, Vol. 32, No. 3, November 1967, OUR COVER Jim Ryan, by WWL (Jr.), page 120
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 57, No. 5, May 1977, Our Cover, JAMES PATRICK RYAN, By Phil Willmarth, page 62
  • M-U-M, Vol. 71, No. 6, November 1981, RAY-MOND MAGICIAN OF THE MONTH James Patrick Ryan, by Philip Willmarth, page 10
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 72, No. 5, May 1992, Jim Ryan Succumbs, by Phil Willmarth, page 115
  • M-U-M, Vol. 82, No. 1, June 1992, BROKEN WANDS JAMES PATRICK RYAN, page 35
  • The New Tops, Vol. 32, No. 6, June 1992, page 41