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John B. Young

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John B. Young

Cover of Genii (1976)
BornJohn Burgess Young
May 22, 1919
Glen Ridge, New Jersey
DiedJune 3, 2011 (age 92)
Juno Beach, Florida

John B. (Old Doc) Young (1919-2011), a U.S. Naval Officer in World War II, banker, magical entertainer, Magic Camp Director, magical writer and member of the Magic Circle (MIMC Gold Star), performs chiefly as a medicine-man,street performer,trickster. Old Doc Young has also appeared in his magical shows as: Ebeneezer Young and His Dream of Gold; Raffles the Baffler; Indiana Young and The Temple of Kaboom; and as Hoom Bog Yung and His Clinking Rings.


Known to his friends as Jack, he grew up in a small town originally known as Horse's Neck (later changed to Verona), New Jersey near New York City.

In his spare time, he was a national director of the Boy Scouts of America and became passionate about magic.

Bill Larsen never turned down and published in Genii every magic write-up that Young sent in, including:

  • Pen-Ultimate Key (a 1974 skeleton-in-the-cupboard variation of Roy Johnson's "Seven Keys to Baldpate" Genii 1974 March;
  • Square Head Rabbit (a 1974 squared-circle approach to a rabbit from a top hat) Genii 1974 October
  • Soup to Nuts (a 1975 W.C. Fields-pattered presentation of three walnut shells and a pea) Genii 1975 March
  • A Card For Crandall (with Jack writing as "A Friend" offering a bonus card routine prepared for Genii readers who were willing to send a greeting to Senator Clarke Crandall, then in hospital.
  • Charles Dickens - Master Magician on Dickens' 1849 magic program, put on for his family on holiday in the Isle of Wight) Genii 1977 December
  • Midriff Magic or Costive Conjuring (an adult variation of Fraidy Cat Rabbit)
  • Jack Youngs Rabbit out of the hat (a combination of two effects given by Jack to Tannen's and marketed by them in Genii in 1979)
  • Fish Flounce In It (a 1982 reversion to Jack's W.C. Fields patter for the production of eight aces plus a glass of whisky).

He also had articles published in Tannen's Top Hat Topics, Tops, Invocation and to Magigram.

Young served as Associate Camp Director of the Tannen Magic Camp. [1] [2] [3] [4]


  1. This Is Your Life, Magic Circular, January 1988
  2. Genii 1976 July
  3. Obit, Magic Circular, August 2011
  4. Obituary [1]