Key words: John Giordmaine, Johnny Giordmaine, Giordmaine, A Tribute to John Giordmaine, A Tribute to Johnny Giordmaine
Welcome to a tribute to John Giordmaine, also known as Johnny Giordmaine, Canada's most beloved children's magician (1898-1974).
Visitors to the downtown Toronto Eaton's "Toyland" may also remember him running its magic counter for thirty years.
On this site you will find images and text initially from my own personal collection that I hope will pay an informal tribute to John Giordmaine - an outstanding magical entertainer, a true gentleman, and a most generously-spirited human being.
My collection has been generously supplemented by archival materials from John Giordmaine's own family.
If you have any memories, text or photos of John Giordmaine that you would like to share, I would like to hear from you! Please e mail me before sending them. You'll find my e mail address on page eleven.
This tribute to John Giordmaine is a work in progress (begun 3/20/08) so be sure to check back again from time to time.
Navigation Hints: There are three "buttons" at the bottom of every page to facilitate your visit to this site.
And please... enjoy the memories! - jp
NEW! IBM Ring 17 Archival photos... Robert H. Rastorp remembers Johnny... Johnny won the IBM Star of Magic... A rare promotional postcard from Johnny in the mid 1930s... MUM's cover story about Johnny (1951) ... Home movies of Johnny at the 1930 IBM Convention ... Johnny on the cover of "The Gen" and "Magic Magazine" and the IBM's "The Linking Ring"... Genii magazine's 1964 cover and cover story on Johnny ... Photos of Doug Henning accepting the first ever John Giordmaine Award in 1980 ... How Johnny transformed into "The Merry Magician"... The 1973 SCM Tribute to Johnny ... IBM Ring 17 past prez Bob Taylor remembers Johnny on page 29 ... Photos of Johnny at the 1961 Abbott Magic Get Together courtesy Abbott Magic ... Toronto's Arcade Magic Shop's closing in 1979 is recalled on page 28 ... The Mystery of the Disappearing John Giordmaine - Sid Lorraine IBM Ring continues on page 27 ... CAM has kindly listed us as a "Site of Interest"... Thanks to "Canada's Magic" for adding us to their prestigious new "Broken Wands" tribute sites page ...
Additional key words: Society of Canadian Magicians, Eaton's Toyland