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John C. Sherwood

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John C. Sherwood

John C. Sherwood (b. 1950) is a professional writer/journalist, magician and mentalist born in Michigan in 1950.


He wrote monthly columns -- "Just for Us Young Guys" and "Lost in the Forest" --for The New Tops from 1966 through 1992, and graduated from the Chavez Studio of Magic in 1981.

Sherwood's primary mentors in magic were Neil Foster, primarily as a teacher and editor, and collector/historian Robert Lund, who moved to Sherwood's hometown of Marshall, Michigan, in the early 1970s to establish his American Museum of Magic. He also credits Phillip Hagerty, also of Marshall, for much of his insight into the craft.

As a teenager in the mid-1960s, Sherwood wrote a column, "Miscellaneous," for Top Hat, published by Magical Youths International, and his writings prompted Foster to asked him to begin writing for The New Tops. In the 1970s, Sherwood wrote two books published by Micky Hades, "The Conjurer's Calculator" and "The Circuited Sorcerer."

To audiences, Sherwood is notable for his hundreds of mentalism performances in the character of Sherlock Holmes from 1987 to the present, and has spent more time "in character" as Holmes than any other living actor. Among magicians, Sherwood has been best known as a writer, often of brief biographies of fellow performers, first for The New Tops and later for Vibrations, the publication of the Psychic Entertainers Association.

Sherwood lived in Michigan from 1950 until 1999, when he moved to Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, while working in Delaware. In 2010, Sherwood moved from Pennsylvania to Fort Gratiot, Michigan, and in early 2011 he moved to Union City, Michigan. He was a 35-year employee of Gannett Co. newspapers and later works in public relation for Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Michigan, his hometown.

Sherwood is a member of the Society of American Magicians, the Psychic Entertainers Association and the International Brotherhood of Magicians (Order of Merlin), having been active in the IBM's Neil Foster Ring 89.[1][2]