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J. B. Bobo

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J. B. Bobo
BornFebruary 11, 1910
Texarkana, Texas
DiedSeptember 12 1996 (age 86)
Texarkana, Texas
Resting placeEast Memorial Gardens cemetery, Texarkana, Arkansas

J. B. Bobo (b.1910–d.1996) was a magician most known for his work and writing in the arena of coin magic. His work entitled Modern Coin Magic (originally published in 1952) is still considered today to be a core reference by most magicians.


Bobo was born in Texarkana (half of the city is in Texas, the other half lies in Arkansas[1]) and christened with those initials only. His French immigrant great-grandfather, Jean Beaubeaux, had anglicized the family name.

His family moved to Canada when he was twelve about the time he got interested in magic. Bobo later returned to Texarkana at age nineteen, where he started to perform locally. He met and married Lillian Carlow, who became part of his act. The Bobos traveled around giving school shows. At their peak, they performed 400 to 450 shows a year. It has been estimated that they gave more than 14,000 school shows over fifty year career.

In 1947, Bobo started to put many of his magic ideas into books that earned him a worldwide reputation. Bobo also excelled as an artist, cartoonist, photographer, cinematographer, and craftsman. He designed his own flyers and posters, and he made many of his own trick apparatus.

In 2006, a DVD tribute was created, which featured an interview, a complete children's performance by him and his wife, along with demonstrations and explanations of many of his tricks.

J.B. Bobo is buried at East Memorial Gardens cemetery, Texarkana, Arkansas.[2]



  2. Findacadabra - World map of magic places
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