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Joe Lightner

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Joe Lightner
BornJoseph G. Lightner
April 1, 1884
Napoleon, Missouri
DiedJuly 31, 1946 (age 62)
Odessa, Missouri

Joe Lightner (1884-1946) performed on the Chautauqua and Redpath circuits as "Lightner, the Wizard" beginning in 1904.


A member of the I.B.M. and I.M.C. he had retired by 1932 (getting into politics) and was living in Odessa, Mo.[1]

Lightner served at one time as president of the International Magic Circle and edited The Seven Circles in 1934. He was also one of the owners and a member of the board of directors of The Sphinx.[2]

He served ten consecutive terms as mayor of Odessa and was elected senator in 1940.


  1. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, October, 1932
  2. Obit, Linking Ring, September, 1946