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Johnny Thompson

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Johnny Thompson

Cover of Genii (1976)
BornJohn Max Thompson
July 27, 1934
Chicago, Illinois

Johnny Thompson (b.1934( is a Las Vegas illusionist who performs under the stage name "The Great Tomsoni."

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.[1]

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.[2]


  1. Vaudeville, old and new By Frank Cullen, Florence Hackman, Donald McNeilly (2007)
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