John C. Green

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John C. Green
BornMarch 26, 1866
Boston, Massachusetts
DiedAugust 26, 1951 (age 85)
Mundare, Alberta,

John C. Green was a professional magician that performed for most of his 73 years of active performing in small rural communities across Canada.[1]

His first Magic show was as a boy of 12 after he had ran away from Boston and got himself a job on a train running between Toledo and Columbus. He was inspired to seek his fortune in show business after seeing a circus. He answered a New York Clipper ad and joined H. L. Mountford's European Museum which showed freaks in stores. He became a talker and on occasions would fill in for their magician, Jim Harrington.

He went out on his own and toured many years, in vaudeville and in Chautauqua, and later with a partner, Dick Jackson, as the Jackson and Green Indoor Circus.[2]

For most of his life he gave a two shows show comprised of smaller effects with a large quantity of apparatus with which he combined sleight-of-hand.[3] His extensive repertoire allowed him to change his programs nightly during his engagements.[4]

His early experience as a barker for a side-show and his knowledge of the Vitascope (a moving picture projector), made it possible for him to succeed.

Green was an inspiration to Micky Hades who compiled a book in his memory.[5]

Green was probably the oldest active full evening show magician in North America at the time of his death, which happened after his show at Vegreville, Alberta, Canada.[6]

References

  1. Chapter 12-Vanishing Borders? in Creative World of Conjuring by John Booth (1990)
  2. Obit, Tops, October 1951
  3. Sphinx January 1945
  4. Obit,Sphinx, December 1951
  5. THE REAL LIFE STORY OF JOHN C. GREEN, CINEMATOGRAPHER - ENTREPRENEUR - MAGICIAN by Micky Hades
  6. MUM, October 1951
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