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John Wyman

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John Wyman
BornJohn Wyman Jr.
January 19, 1816
Albany, New York
DiedJuly 31, 1881 (age 65)
Burlington, New Jersey
CategoriesBooks by John Wyman

John Wyman Jr. (1816-1881), born in in Albany, New York, was a successful magician and ventriloquist, sometimes billed as "Wyman the Wizard". He entertained numerous presidents of the United States, including four times for Abraham Lincoln. For a time, Wyman was under the management of P. T. Barnum.

Wyman gave prizes like gold and silver watches at his shows. He was one of the most financially prosperous entertainers of his time.

During his career, he made Philadelphia his home and continued to live there after his retirement. He later moved to New Jersey, where he owned real estate where died in Burlington.

Wyman may have been the first performer in the U.S. to present a full evening show as well as the first to perform the Bullet Catch routine.[1][2][3]

His sister or wife, Miss J. E. Wyman, toured with him for a number of years when she was about 16.[4]


  • Wyman's Hand-Book of Magic (1850)
  • Ventriloquism Made Easy Also An Exposure of Magic by Our Ned (E. Mason Jr.) published by Wyman the Wizard (1860)


  4. Wyman the Wizard by John Mulholland Sphinx March 1945