1866 - 1951


John C.Green was one of the pioneer magicians that opened up the unexplored areas of the United States and Canada. He had some of the finest equipment that was available at that time. His show was ablaze with brightly colored silks and his patter was the envy of all magicians who saw him perform.

Very little has been said of his early life and how he became involved with cinematography. This biography fills in some of the missing pieces of his life. It also provides an account of Green's last days as a traveling magician.

Micky Hades has compiled this book in memory of the first magician that he saw and who inspired him to take up magic as a life-long profession. Some of the material cane from the private files of Marshall Wynnychuk who was a close friend to John C. Green at the time of his death.

"A well researched book that is an inspiration to read."

$40.00 (PDF format)

83 pages of his ads, write-ups and photographs plus details of his death in 1951.


This seldom seen poster was designed by John C. Green


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How John C. Green discovered magic

His early days of Vitascope involvement

The shows he presented to western audiences

His magic successes, surprises and failures

His tours throughout the U.S. and Canada

His final days in Mundare, Alberta, Canada

Like so many performers of his time, John C. Green traveled by railroad. He did not enjoy the luxury of comfortable transportation or the convenience of fanciful living. He battled his way through the mud in summer and the snow in winter so that he could bring his magic to the most remote regions of north-western U.S. and Canada.

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. His rapid-fire patter, amazing moving picture machine and the latest, and best, magic apparatus from Europe and U.S.A., made his show most desirable in the north-west. HERE'S WHAT THEY SAY:

* "John C. Green was truly a pioneer in magic. His story is encouraging. It's not the tricks but the story of his life that is so intriguing."

* ANYONE INTRIGUED BY the story of John Green in Magicol No. 175 will find this booklet of interest. There is so little information assembled on the subject that one can forgive, to a certain extent, the production values of the publication. Mickey Hades, who has done yeoman service for magicians and magic collectors throughout his life, adds to his oeuvre with this collation of articles and personal accounts about the man who inspired him to take up the mantle of magic. The author considers the publication a work in progress, and is eager to hear from others with any information on Green that can add another chapter to Green's life, and perhaps be incorporated into an expanded edition of this work. — David Ben (MAGICOL)