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John Brown Cook

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John Brown Cook

Cover of Genii (1946)
BornJuly 4, 1908
Chicago, Illinois
DiedApril 17, 1978 (age 69)

John Brown Cook (1908-1978), a president of an electronics company, was an amateur magician, magic collector and served as National Vice President of the Society of American Magicians.[1]


After graduating in 1929 from Dartmouth College with distinction in Physics, he worked in the family business, Reliable Electric Company of Chicago, Illinois. He later became its president in 1942 where he met and became lifelong friends with Arthur Buckley, who was on the staff.[2]

As a collector he was a member of the Magic Collectors Association and bought part of George Karger's collection in the 1950s.

He held patents on many inventions relating to the telephone and power industry.[3]



  1. Cover Genii 1946 April
  2. Goodliffe's Abracadabra, Vol. 66, No. 1698, June 1978, Story how Buckley and Cook met, page 178
  3. Genii Magazine, Vol. 42, No. 7, July 1978, Obituary John Brown Cook, page 408
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 30, No. 2, April 1950, Close-up Magic Pays Dividends, by Arthur Buckley, page 24
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 58, No. 7, July 1978, John B. Cook Succumbs, page 98