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John Booth

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John Booth

Cover of Genii (1965)
BornJohn William Nicholls Booth
August 7, 1912
Meadville, Pennsylvania
DiedNovember 11, 2009 (age 97)
Los Alamitos, California
Resting placeLakeside Cemetery, Colon, Michigan
CategoriesBooks by John Booth

John Booth (1912 - 2009) was born John Nicholls Booth and became a successful nightclub magician before leaving magic in 1940 to pursue a career as a Unitarian minister.


A prolific author, he penned hundreds of articles on magic for Linking Ring, Sphinx, Genii and Magicol, as well as publishing Canada's magic magazine, Canadian Magician's Digest in 1929. In 1931, he organized Canada's first magic convention. In 1938 he also worked as "Jancini".

Booth eventually incorporated magic into his lectures and conducted the funeral service for Eugene Laurant. He was a world traveler and had climbed the Himalayas.

Booth was the author of the longest running column in Linking Ring Magazine of magic history called "Memoirs of a Magician's Ghost" which started in May 1963 and didn't conclude until January 2000 (435 monthly installments). The first 25 years of these writings were indexed by Ben Robinson and Amy Janiello and published as a book under the same title "Memoirs of a Magician's Ghost" (1988)


  • 1937 Sphinx Award
  • 1977 Academy of Magical Arts Literary Fellowship.
  • 1983 SAM Hall of Fame.
  • 1985 and 1988 H. Adrian Smith Literary Award
  • 1987 Magic Circle "John Nevil Maskelyne Prize".
  • 2000 Honorary Life Membership to the IBM



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