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John Braun
BornSeptember 4, 1896
On a farm in Butler County, Ohio
DiedJune 22, 1988 (age 91)
Hamilton, Ohio
CategoriesBooks by John Braun

John Braun (1896 - 1988) was an amateur magician and mechanical engineer by profession.


Braun, who worked in Cincinnati, Ohio for the Procter and Gamble Engineering Development Division, was a president of the IBM (1946-1947) and an editor of the Linking Ring magazine (1942-1949).

Under Braun and Stewart Judah's leadership, the Queen City Mystics magic club applied for a charter from the Society of American Magicians which became Assembly number 11 in 1922. He was also one of the founders of the Magic Collectors' Association.

He became the executive editor of the Linking Ring in 1965 and then Feature Editor in 1967. He continued his review column "Hocus in Focus", while editing feature and other articles for publication. For seventeen and a half years, John produced a monthly column in the Linking Ring called "Of Legierdemaine and Diverse Juggling Knacks" (which has been collected and published in book form).

He was the inventor of The Triple Tube Vanish.

Braun's lifelong collection of magic literature was acquired by Ken Klosterman and is now in the John Braun Library as a part of his estate home.




  • The Sphinx, Vol. 33, No. 9, November 1934, Who's Who in Magic, page 270
  • Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 22, No. 9, November 1942
  • Cover of TOPS Magazine in December 1944
  • Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 37, No. 12, February 1958, John Braun – A Thumbnail Sketch, by A. R. Gyle, page 31
  • The New Tops, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1965, The John Braun Testimonial, by Frances Ireland Marshall, page 10
  • Cover, M-U-M, Vol. 69, No. 11, April 1980
  • Cover, M-U-M, Vol. 69, No. 12, May 1980, John Braun – The Story of a Quiet Man, magician-of-the-month, by B. H. Adrian Smith, page 11
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 64, No. 11, November 1984, Memoirs Of A Magician's Ghost, by John Booth CHAPTER 189 - The Whos an Ways of a Magazine Editor, page 55
  • Genii Magazine, Vol. 51, No. 9, March 1988, Obituary, John Braun, by Harold F. Puff, page 64
  • M-U-M, Vol. 78, No. 3, August 1988, Broken Wands, John Braun, page 37