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Johnny Thompson Passes

Postby Scott Wells » March 9th, 2019, 4:09 pm

I just learned that Johnny Thompson passed today, I think due to complications of pneumonia leading to heart failure. He will leave a gaping hole in the magic community. Aloha, my friend, and friend to all magicians.
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Re: Johnny Thomson Passes

Postby Jack Shalom » March 9th, 2019, 4:56 pm

Oh my goodness. That's awful.

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Re: Johnny Thomson Passes

Postby Anthony Vinson » March 9th, 2019, 5:15 pm

Sigh. RIP, sir.

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Re: Johnny Thomson Passes

Postby Herman Koster » March 9th, 2019, 5:26 pm

Very sad news indeed. Had a great time with him in Rotterdam and when he was in Lance Burton's show. A true great magician!

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Re: Johnny Thomson Passes

Postby Ron Giesecke » March 9th, 2019, 5:32 pm

A definite great. This one really hurts.


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Re: Johnny Thomson Passes

Postby Leonard Hevia » March 9th, 2019, 6:31 pm

Long live the King. He held nothing, or almost nothing, of magic back. He leaves behind great magic stories, great magic performances on video, and great magic in books. I'm glad he released his magnum opus last year. Unpublished gemstones rose to the surface thanks to him.


For all that I'm grateful.

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Re: Johnny Thomson Passes

Postby Bob Coyne » March 9th, 2019, 6:41 pm

It's very sad to hear this. He was such a legend, and a connection to a previous era.

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Re: Johnny Thomson Passes

Postby sneruda » March 9th, 2019, 7:09 pm

I expect we'll hear a lot of Johnny stories in the coming days. Here is mine. Went to a lecture quite a few years back, at which he performed, and sold (but did not demonstrate) the egg bag. A youngster - maybe 13 or 14 - bought the bag from him, which was not inexpensive. After doing so, Pam pulled the kid aside and told him "If you have any questions - ANY - you CALL HIM AT HOME." And gave the kid the phone number. I suppose that might be more a Pam story than a Johnny one, but does anyone doubt he would have been happy to take the call and talk to the kid? What an absolute legend.
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Re: Johnny Thomson Passes

Postby Mr. Charming » March 9th, 2019, 8:14 pm

Ouch!!

I JUST read minutes ago an article were it said that the "Thompsoni" act was inspired in Tom Palmer's "Sham" Cigarette Act...

RIP MR. Thompson

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Re: Johnny Thomson Passes

Postby Leonard Hevia » March 9th, 2019, 8:28 pm

Mr. Charming wrote:Ouch!!

I JUST read minutes ago an article were it said that the "Thompsoni" act was inspired in Tom Palmer's "Sham" Cigarette Act...

RIP MR. Thompson


Thompson purchased Palmer' s comedy act directly from him sometime around the late 1960s. Palmer had moved on to bizarre magic. Thompson's act eventually evolved into The Great Tomsoni.

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Re: Johnny Thompson Passes

Postby Ted M » March 10th, 2019, 1:29 am

When folks we admire die, might we take an extra second or two to make sure we spell their name right in the thread title?

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Re: Johnny Thomson Passes

Postby Matthew Field » March 10th, 2019, 7:01 am

The two people in magic whom I considered to have the broadest knowledge of all things magical were Patrick Page and John Thompson. They're both gone now, but never will be forgotten. My condolences to Pam and their family and friends.

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Re: Johnny Thomson Passes

Postby jwjmcd » March 10th, 2019, 9:06 am

So sad. Rest in peace. A great and a link between the very greats has been lost. What a legacy he leaves.

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Re: Johnny Thomson Passes

Postby Tom Frame » March 10th, 2019, 10:06 am

Such sad news. Johnny was a giant, with an encyclopedic knowledge of magic. Rest in peace, sir.
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Re: Johnny Thompson Passes

Postby Joe Lyons » March 10th, 2019, 12:19 pm

From the last chapter of The Magic Of Johnny Thompson:

In these pages, I’ve tried to give back everything magic has given me...and more. Truly, all of it!
- JOHNNY THOMPSON


Sounds like he did the same in life...he will be missed greatly.

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Re: Johnny Thompson Passes

Postby Bill Mullins » March 10th, 2019, 2:28 pm

And he's being remembered in some "mainstream" places, as well.

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Re: Johnny Thompson Passes

Postby Bob Farmer » March 10th, 2019, 2:42 pm

Very sad. A wonderful person and a good man.

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Re: Johnny Thompson Passes

Postby MagicbyAlfred » March 10th, 2019, 2:57 pm

Very saddened by this...

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Re: Johnny Thompson Passes

Postby brianarudolph » March 10th, 2019, 4:43 pm

The few times over the years I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of minutes chatting with Johnny were indeed honors. Johnny was so approachable and so knowledgeable that each time it felt like, for just the few moments I talked with him, I had walked through a secret back door into the world of magic's Albert Einstein.

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Re: Johnny Thompson Passes

Postby Actionjack » March 12th, 2019, 11:16 pm

I can't remember the year but it had to be over twenty years ago that I was fortunate enough to see him perform. The man lived a great life doing what he loved. I am so grateful for everything he gave to the world of magic.

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Re: Johnny Thompson Passes

Postby Chris Randall Magic » March 15th, 2019, 6:40 pm

I had the pleasure of working with John Thompson on Wizard Wars. It was literally a dream come true to work with him. I also worked with John at the 2016 IBM convention. He was a sweet and forgiving man. He always offered great advice and kind words. I always feared the day John passed and sadly that day has come. I am greatful for the time and conversations I had with him and I know I’m a better magician and person because of him. I wished I would have had more time with him he was truly the master and will be missed daily.


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