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Sid Lorraine

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Sid Lorraine
BornSidney Richard Johnson
April 24, 1905
St. Neots, Huntingtonshire, England
DiedOctober 15, 1989 (age 84)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CategoriesBooks by Sid Lorraine

Sid Lorraine (b.1905-d.1989) was born Sidney Richard Johnson in England, but emigrated to Canada. His magic name was inspired by his attraction to the words Alsace-Lorraine (a territory in France).

He was a commercial artist and amateur magician. Lorraine was deeply involved with our International Brotherhood of Magicians from its beginnings in 1922 and was named "official artist" in 1925. He was a founding member on I.B.M. Ring 17 of Toronto and a member of the Order of Merlin Excalibur.


Lorraine knew Doug Henning when Doug was a teenager and acted as adviser on Spellbound. Lorraine also wrote the prospectus for Henning when applying for his Canada Council grant.

During the late 1920s and into the 1930s, he appeared on Canadian radio as "The Magical Chatterbox."

Lorraine created many effects including Created Snakes Alive, The Liquor Cards and Thumb Fun. He also invented the Slop Shuffle.

Sid was expert in the use of a Troublewit. However not magical it was a joy to watch in his hands.

In 1926, he attended the first I.B.M. Convention in Ohio and met Percy Abbott, which brought about him doing a monthly column in the initial issue of Abbott's TOPS magazine. Eventually became the book reviewer for New Tops and also wrote columns for the Linking Ring. Sid drew thousands of illustrations for Abbott catalogs and publications. He illustrated Stewart James' rope encyclopedia.

He was considered as a "historical encyclopedia of magic " by John Booth. See The Linking Ring, Vol. 16, no. 6, August 1936, page 458.[1] [2] [3] [4] [5]



  1. Sid Lorraine Blog
  2. Genii, Vol. 53, No. 1, July 1989, Sid Lorraine The "King Solomon" of Magic is Dead, page 906
  3. The Magic Circular, Vol. 83, No. 900, November 1989, Obituary SID LORRAINE, page 224
  4. M-U-M, Vol. 79, No. 6, November 1989, BROKEN WANDS Sid Lorraine, page 34
  5. The Linking Ring, Vol. 69, No. 12, December 1989, Broken Wand SID LORRAINE, page 109