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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]


  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
  6. MUM, October 1951