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Jesse Lybarger

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Jesse J. Lybarger

From cover of Linking Ring (April 1928)
BornAugust 1, 1870
Millwood, Ohio
DiedNovember 6, 1934 (age 64)
Harrisburg, Pa

Jesse Lybarger (1870-1934), a sewing machine salesman, was the first magician to publish a Sponge Ball manipulation routine with hand-carved balls (in 1926).[1]


He became interested in magic after going to a circus in Ohio at the age of 12.

Lybarger was a member of the Executive Committee of the I.B.M.[2]


  1. Genii, Vol. 64, No. 1, January 2001
  2. The Linking Ring, Vol. 14, No. 9, November 1934, IN MEMORIAM J. J. Lybarger, page 734
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 8, No. 2, April 1928, JESSE J. LYBARGER I.B.M. No. 535, page 97