Help us get to over 4,000 biographies in 2018.

If you know of a past magician not listed in MagicPedia, start a New Biography for them or Email us your suggestion.

Johnny Thompson

From Magicpedia, the free online encyclopedia for magicians by magicians.
(Redirected from John Thompson)
Jump to: navigation, search
Johnny Thompson

Cover of Genii (1976)
BornJohn Max Thompson
July 27, 1934
Chicago, Illinois
DiedMarch 29, 2019 (age 84)
Las Vegas
Known forThe Great Tomsoni

Johnny Thompson (July 27, 1934 - March 9, 2019) was a Las Vegas illusionist who performed under the stage name "The Great Tomsoni."[1]


Along with his wife Pamela Hayes, he performs a comic magical act The Great Tomsoni & Company in which he plays the role of a dapper but buffoonish vaudeville gentleman. One of his trademarks is producing pure white doves on stage, which are trained to play along with the act once they have appeared.[2]

He's widely known as a mentor and teacher of magic, and has worked behind the scenes to develop tricks with Penn & Teller, Lance Burton, and Criss Angel, among others.

He has been featured on many episodes of "Criss Angel's Mindfreak", the "Hair" episode of Penn & Teller's Bullshit!, and the film "The Aristocrats".

He is also a bass harmonica player.[3]


  • Commercial Classics of Magic Vol. 1-4 (1999)
  • Vernon's Variant


  1. Genii_1976_November
  2. Vaudeville, old and new By Frank Cullen, Florence Hackman, Donald McNeilly (2007)
Wikipedia-logo.png This page incorporated content from Johnny Thompson,

a page hosted on Wikipedia. Please consult the history of the original page to see a list of its authors. Therefor, this article is also available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

  • M-U-M, Vol. 66, No. 7, December 1976, JOHN THOMPSON magician-of-the-month by Roy Snyder, page 9
  • Genii, Vol. 50, No. 3, September 1986, The Great Tomsoni & Company Issue, Max Maven Interviews John Thompson, page 220
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 73, No. 10, October 1993, Memoirs of a Magician's Ghost by John Booth, THE GREAT TOMSONI & COMPANY, page 80
  • Genii, Vol. 70, No. 12, December 2007, The Company of Tomsoni, An Interview with Johnny Thompson by DAVID REGAL, page 54