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John Mendoza

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John Mendoza
BornJohn Frederick Mendoza
DiedJuly 29, 2020
Notable workscups and balls with large Nut finish
Known forCard tricks
CategoriesBooks by John Mendoza

John Mendoza (b.1947) took over Gene Devoe's Magic Den in downtown St. Louis and moved it to Maplewood, Missouri. John traveled the world doing card tricks and cups and balls.


He is noted as the person who knows the most about vintage magic apparatus and can be seen selling on Ebay and his own list of vintage magic items.


  • Mendoza Series of Personal Instruction (1980)
  • No. 1: H.A.M. (Harris-Ackerman-Mendoza)
  • No. 2: A Reading
  • No. 3: A Minor Triumph
  • No. 4: Multiple Spellbound
  • No. 5: Miller (?) Wild Card
  • No. 6: Nelson's Drunken Shuffle

Marketed Tricks

  • The Mendoza Cups and Balls Routine (1971)
  • Automatic Deck (1973)