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J. Gary Bontjes

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J. Gary Bontjes
BornDecember 12, 1935
Peoria, Illinois
DiedMay 6, 1985 (age 49)

J. Gary Bontjes (1935-1985), who worked in the real estate business, was an amateur magician who served as National President of the S.A.M. in 1971.


Bontjes enjoyed magic and frequently performed with his wife, Char, and two children. He was a collector of magical texts and paraphernalia and a member of the Magic Collectors Association.[1] He also carried I.B.M. No. 12898 since 1963 and was a member of Ring 48 in Peoria,Illinois.

He was a strong supporter of the Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame, which he is also a member.


  • "Words from the Wizards" by Hank Moorehouse (as editor with his wife as illustrated).
  • A Checklist of Magic Lecture Notes (1962)


  1. Obit, Linking Ring, July 1985