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Don Greenwood

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Don Greenwood

Cover of Genii (1941)
BornAugust 29, 1912
Portland, Oregon
DiedMay 31 1987 (age 74)
Springfield, New Jersey
Known forCigarette routine
CategoriesBooks by Don Greenwood

Don Greenwood (1912-1987) was a professional magician from the Northwest known for his slow motion cigarette and billiard ball manipulation and sleight-of-hand with cards, thimbles, coins and silks.


With his wife Thelma, the singing Lady of Magic, he also performed a mentalism and telepathic act called "Par-Optic Vision".

Greenwood became interested in magic in 1926 after reading about Houdini and seeing Virgil Mulkey (the Great Virgil). The acts of Cardini, Ade Duval, and Chris Charlton inspired him to become a professional. In 1933, after graduating from high school, he began performing for schools, clubs and theater

Meeting Thelma in Detroit in 1937, they performed together from Coast to Coast over six times.

For over 15 years the Greenwoods featured "Par-Optic" vision, a Second Sight act in night clubs in addition to their manipulative magic. Later billed as "Hey-Presto."[1]

Greenwood contributed to Hugard's Magic Monthly, Diebox, and Genii.[2]

It was reported in the Linking Ring October 1956 that Greenwood was forsaking magic due to health reasons.He then trained himself in Handwriting Analysis giving illustrated lectures on graphology.He continued working as a Questioned Document Examiner until his death.



  1. Don and Thelma Greenwood "Artistry In Deception" Interviewed by John Braun,Linking Ring, February 1950 (cover story)
  2. Genii 1949 September (cover)