John C. Green
|John C. Green|
|Born||March 26, 1866|
|Died||August 26, 1951 (age 85) |
John C. Green was a professional magician that performed for most of his 73 years of active performing in small rural communities across Canada.
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.
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. His extensive repertoire allowed him to change his programs nightly during his engagements.
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 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.