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Henry Gordon

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Henry Gordon
BornMarch 19, 1919
Montreal Canada
DiedJanuary 24, 2009 (age 89)

Henry Gordon (1919-2009) was a Canadian author, journalist, magician and skeptic.[1][2]


Gordon, an electronics engineer by trade, learned magic from a coin-magic book in 1940. He began performing professionally as a mentalist in the 1950s.

He was the founder of the Ontario Skeptics and a member of Skeptics Canada. He was also a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI). He was well known for his exposures of psychics such as Uri Geller and Shirley Maclaine.[3]

For two years Gordon wrote the debunking column "Extrasensory Deception" for the Toronto Sun. [4] Gordon also wrote the column "It's Magic", along with many feature articles on magicians, for the "Toronto Star" newspaper. Many of his columns were published in his book Extrasensory Deception: ESP, Psychics, Shirley MacLaine, Ghosts, UFOs (Macmillan of Canada, 1988).


  • Extrasensory Deception: ESP, Psychics, Shirley MacLaine, Ghosts, UFOs. (1987). Macmillan of Canada. ISBN 0-7715-9539-5
  • Channeling Into The New Age: The 'Teachings' of Shirley MacLaine and Other Such Gurus. (1988). Prometheus Books. ISBN 0-87975-503-2
  • It's Magic (1988)
  • Henry Gordon's World of Magic (1989)


  1. Jason Miller. (2009). "Henry Gordon, 89: Magician, debunker". Toronto Star.
  2. Who's Who in Magic: An International Biographical Guide From Past to Present By Whaley, Bart (1990)
  3. Eric McMillan. (2009). "Henry Gordon has died". Association for Science and Reason.
  4. Justin Trottier (2009). "Remembering Henry Gordon, Magician, Skeptic, Debunker". Skeptical Inquirer.
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