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J. M. MacAllister

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J. M. MacAllister
BornJohn Mawer
circa 1837
DiedOctober 21, 1899 (age 61)

J. M. MacAllister (1837-1899) was the stage name of John Mawer (or Moir or Mahr or Mawhr), a minor professional illusionist who performed in the United States in the late 1800s.


He claimed to be a relative of Andrew MacAllister‎ (possibly a nephew). He moved to United States where, starting around 1870, he become popular with a give-away show.[1]

Mawer spent the last four years of his life in San Francisco, California and his remains, after being used for scientific purposes, were interred in the Potter's Field.[2]


  1. Barton Whaley. Whaley's Who's Who in Magic. (1990): 213
  2. Henry Ridgely Evans,History of Conjuring and Magic. (1928): 146