John Giordmaine

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John Giordmaine (September 26, 1898 - January 19, 1974) was born Giovanni Nicola Giordmaina in Malta but immigrated to Canada in 1919. He started as an electrician, but went onto a successful career as a professional magician after a serious injury in an electrical accident.

John Giordmaine
BornGiovanni Nicola Giordmaina
September 26, 1898
DiedJanuary 19, 1974 (age 75)

He became friends with Sid Lorraine who got him to join the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He changed his name to Giordmaine to rhyme with legerdemain.

In the late 1930s, Giordmaine worked at Arcade's Japanese Magic and Novelty Store and the T. Eaton Company of Toronto. He developed and sold a Magic kit during the 1940s when he worked for Eaton's toy department.

He became the first magician on television in 1933. John has appeared on the Howdy-Doody show, Captain Kangaroo, Paul Winchell's Circus Time. He had been described as "the world's greatest little magician artist" in an early television show for children.

Giordmaine was a guest on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1957 and playing the New York World's Fair.

His Comedy Rope Trick can be found in Stewart James' Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks, Vol. 2 (1968) and his The Stamp Album: Magic Coloring Book in Tarbell Course in Magic, Volume 4.[1][2][3][4]

A 30-minute documentary film directed by York Professor Laurence Green documentary film about his life was called "Sleight of Hand".[5]


  1. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, February, 1933
  2. Cover Genii 1964 May
  3. Genii 1973 October
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