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Rev. John C. Bieri

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Rev. John C. Bieri
BornJohn Casper Bieri
circa 1872
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedMarch 31, 1951 (age 78)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rev. John C. Bieri (c.1872-1951), a minister of the Philadelphia (Pa.) Conference of the Methodist Church, was an accomplished magician and used his magical talents in drawing object lessons for children.


Bieri was a member of the I. B. M. who traveled to South America several times and was interested in world-wide work for lepers. He wrote many hymns and several books.[1]

He had long been interested in magic and had a large collection of equipment that he had gathered during his travels.

For a number of years after his retirement from his church he has devoted himself to visiting leper colonies in different countries where he would preach and also give performances of magic.[2][3]

Also known as the flying parson, he was one of the first to perform a marriage ceremony in a plane while it circled City Hall. [4]


  1. Broken Wand, Linking Ring, May 1951
  2. Sphinx, April 1951
  3. Linking Ring, May 1947
  4. Sphinx, May, 1951