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We are very sad to report that Mr. John Calvert, our oldest performing magician has passed away at the age of 102.
John was born in 1911 in a small farm town in Indiana. He conquered New York's Broadway as a magician, took part in over 40 motion pictures and, in the course of his world travels, found himself in dangerous circumstances that called for luck, magic, and a determined effort to survive.
John became fascinated with magic at the age eight when his father took him to see the magician Howard Thurston perform in Cincinnati, Ohio. Shortly afterward, he performed his first trick for his Sunday school class - he made an egg appear from under another boy’s coat.
The entire world was his stage and we were very proud to have him on ours many times, year after year.
"John Calvert was truly a legend in the world of magic" - Milt Larsen
"One of the most magical things about John was his strength. When he was 100 years old he picked me up as if I was as light as a feather! I loved John very much. He will be truly be missed" - Irene Larsen
CALVERT, John (Madren Elbern Calvert)
Born: 8/5/1911, New Trenton, Indiana, U.S.A.
Died: 9/27/2013, Lancaster, California, U.S.A.
John Calvert’s westerns – actor:
The Return of the Durango Kid – 1945 (Leeland ‘Lee’ Kirby)
Lawless Empire – 1945 (Blaze Howard)
Gold Fever – 1952 (John Bonar)