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.
Cover of Genii (May 1964)
|Born||Giovanni Nicola Giordmaina|
September 26, 1898
|Died||January 19, 1974 (age 75) |
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.
A 30-minute documentary film directed by York Professor Laurence Green documentary film about his life was called "Sleight of Hand".