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John Ramsay

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John Ramsay

Cover of Genii (2008)
BornMarch 13, 1877
Ayr, Scotland
DiedJanuary 16, 1962 (age 84)
Ballochmyle Hospital, Ayr, Scotland

John Ramsay (1877-1962), born in Scotland, was an amateur close-up magician that won the micromagic category at the 1955 FISM held in Amsterdam.


He performed at the IBM convention in Batavia, New York and in Chicago (1950). He was a president of the IBM British Ring.

He was a mentor to Andrew Galloway.


  • "If you want them to look at you, look at them. If you want them to look at 'it', look at 'it'."



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  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 30, No. 10, December 1950, John Ramsay, Hon. Life Member and Past President Of I.B.M. British Ring No. 25 by Wm. G. Stickland, page 19
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 42, No. 2, February 1962, Obituary JOHN RAMSAY, page 105
  • M-U-M, Vol. 51, No. 10, March 1962, In Memoriam: JOHN RAMSAY, page 519
  • Obit by Peter Warlock in Magic Circular MARCH, 1962
  • The Ramsay Legend - The Magic of John Ramsay (1969) by Andrew Galloway, Chapter Nine JOHN RAMSAY, page 32
  • Genii, Vol. 71, No. 11, November 2008, The Life of John Ramsay: Lights Sleights From Ayr by Edwin A. Dawes, page 32
  • The Ramsay Legend TOC
  • History Page of SAMS website
  • John Derris blog, student of John Ramsay