Thompson – The Magic of Johnny Thompson


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THIS ITEM JUST SOLD OUT – March 12, 2019)

The Magic of Johnny Thompson

(First edition – Second Printing)

by Johnny Thompson and Jamy Ian Swiss

The first impression we have when seeing these books is WOW! What a magnificent addition to the magic literature. These will for surely be in the Top Ten list of the best magic books of all time.

Johnny has been working professionally for nearly 70 years, and in these books he shares ALL THE MAGIC he has accomplished in his life. Unlike some magic books where the author “holds a few things back”, John Thompson is sharing everything with us and leaving a lasting legacy.

He is known as a magician’s magician, and we are proud that he is our friend. He worked closely with Norm Nielsen at the start of their careers. Along with Norm he developed the Latex Dove, the Bottle through the Table, a basic Dove Holder design (that John has improved through the years) and even the Nielsen Vanishing Dove Cage. Because of that relationship, we are honored to have these special volumes in stock.

I have to admit… We are selling these books for a slightly little more than the regular retail price. The reason: The set is signed by Johnny Thompson, but the sets we are selling are ALSO SIGNED by PAM THOMPSON (aka “and Co.”), who has looked out after Johnny throughout the years, and is his wife and performing partner.

Shipping and handling is:
$15 – within the United States (Media Mail)
$75 – International shipping and handling (Priority Mail International)

Here is the general description of this item:


“We have been fans of Johnny Thompson for more than forty years. He has helped create and refine virtually every branch of our stage and television work.” —Penn & Teller

“Johnny is not only the most knowledgeable and proficient magician I have ever met, he is also a great teacher who is happy to share his knowledge… I have learned more about magic from Johnny Thompson than anyone else in the world.” —Lance Burton

Johnny Thompson is one of the most respected minds in magic. His distinguished, decades-long career has covered all facets of magic. As a pioneer of trade show performances, as a legendary dove worker—performed as his iconic stage persona, The Great Tomsoni & Co.—as a bamboozling bar magician, as a charming mentalist, as a surprising illusionist, and as one of the most sought-after magic consultants . . . Johnny Thompson has truly, done it all.

And now, he is sharing it with you.

Written by renowned author Jamy Ian Swiss—Shattering Illusions (2001), Devious Standards (2011), and Preserving Mystery (2017) and the Lyons Den—and the master magician himself, Johnny Thompson, The Magic of Johnny Thompson meticulously details the real secrets of seventy-eight of Johnny’s most cherished and celebrated routines, including The Cups & Balls, The Balls in the Net, The Egg Bag and The Gambler’s Ballad.

It also includes previously unpublished material from Johnny’s respected colleagues and mentors including Dai Vernon, Harry Riser and Ed Marlo. There is an extended chapter devoted to the close-up magic of Charlie Miller and Max Malini. There is the entire Johnny Thompson Trade Show Act (complete with a sample script), including his incredibly impossible $100 Dollar Prediction. There is also a chapter devoted to dove and silk magic by The Great Tomsoni & Co., which incudes a thorough essay on the development of a dove act.

This handsome two-volume, slipcased set is over 660 pages and is illustrated with nearly 1,100 photographs and features forewords by Jamy Ian Swiss and Lance Burton, and introductions by Teller and Levent. Every copy sold also features two original signatures: one by Johnny Thompson and one by The Great Tomsoni!

Everything you would expect—and much more—from one of the most respected magicians of this, or any other age!


Two-volume hardcover, slipcased set: 12.5″ x 9.25″ x 2.75″ (31.75 x 23.5 x 7 cm), approximately 10 lbs. (4.5 kg) with 78 routines spread over 663 pages, featuring nearly 1,100 photographs.