A devastating loss... master magician, Johnny Thompson (aka The Great Tomsoni) passed away on March 9, 2019 at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife of forty-five years, Pamela Hayes Thompson.
“How long? Believe it or not, a long time. In fact, Johnny’s known me longer than I’ve known Johnny...” Julie Eng looks back on her long friendship with magical legend Johnny Thompson.
With the release of the second printing of The Magic of Johnny Thompson, Jamy Ian Swiss takes a close look at five of the master’s choicest classic routines in the latest Take Two.
We are pleased to share a special television performance of The Great Tomsoni & Co. in Spain in the early 1990s courtesy of Juan Tamariz.
“How do you even begin to review The Magic of Johnny Thompson Volumes I and II? First, I suppose, you drive down to the word store and load up on superlatives. Every aspect of these books is first rate, and their contents constitute a graduate course in close-up and platform magic.”—STEVE BRYANT
We are pleased to announce that, with the sell-out success of The Magic of Johnny Thompson, Magicana is now preparing a second printing of this historic book.
What accounts for the longevity of this classic? A recent survey has been touted that suggests that the public supposedly dislikes the classics of magic. The results of this survey mean—well, absolutely nothing to me, because the survey simply measures participants’ preconceived notions about magic. I, for one, have no interest in creating art based on random surveys or focus groups; I’ll leave that to lousy summer blockbuster movies.
Believe it or not, we are just a couple of copies away from selling out of The Magic of Johnny Thompson!