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.

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 Limited of Toronto. 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 and his "The Stamp Album: Magic Coloring Book" in Tarbell Volume 4.

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

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