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Joe Lightner

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Joe Lightner
BornJoseph G. Lightner
April 1, 1884
Napoleon, Missouri
DiedJuly 31, 1946 (age 62)
Odessa, Missouri

Joe Lightner performed on the Chautauqua and Redpath circuits as "Lightner, the Wizard" beginning in 1904.

A member of the I.B.M. and I.M.C. he had retired by 1932 (getting into politics) and was living in Odessa, Mo.[1]

Lightner served at one time as president of the International Magic Circle and edited The Seven Circles in 1934. He was also one of the owners and a member of the board of directors of The Sphinx.[2]

Lightner served ten consecutive terms as mayor of Odessa and was elected senator in 1940.


  1. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, October, 1932
  2. Obit, Linking Ring, September, 1946