“The more I study card magic and mentalism, the more impressed I am with John Bannon. His “lean and mean” style of construction and execution inspires me. His routines are hard hitting and fun to perform.” – Jeff McBride, Las Vegas Headliner
“John Bannon is known for his refined card work and excellent book-length collections of magic. A master of eliminating moves to maximize impact, he is the creator of some of card magic’s neo-classics.” – Jared Kopf, MAGIC Magazine
“Slick. Cool. Superb on all levels. Beyond the exceptional caliber of the effects is John’s brilliant thinking behind it all.” – John Guastaferro
“You know, as I get older, my ability to impress an audience with brute sleight of hand, wanes ever so slightly with each passing day; and the thought of that inevitable day when my decline will be glaringly obvious to even the uninitiated is a source of gnawing depression. But then I remember the Bannon stuff, and I get a warm happy feeling. Thanks to John’s material, not only will they think I’m still good, they might even think I’m getting better!! Sooner or later, everyone does Bannon.” – Jack Carpenter
What will he teach?
John Bannon: The First Three Decades
Shriek Of The Mutilated – a flashy torn and restored cigarette paper
Strangers’ Gallery – finally, a logical color-changing deck routine
Bannon Triumph – the classic self-working offbeat triumph routine
Trick Shot Production – a card divination and surprise production
Power Of Poker – two freely chosen poker hands predicted perfectly
Final Verdict – spectator cuts to, and turns over, the Aces
Doctored Daley – classic in-the-hands Ace transposition
Origami Poker – offbeat royal flush production from a shuffled deck
Flytrap False Cut – fabulous in-the-hands false cut
Watching The Detectives – truly offbeat sandwich routine
Montinator 5.0 – a game you just can’t lose
Spin Doctor – twisting the Aces with a twist
Bullet Catcher – find four Aces fast
One Of The Better Losers – know when to Hold ‘Em, and when to fold ‘em
Mousetrap – self-working, slow motion, impossible sandwich location
Collusion – self-working ACAAN – teamwork!
Who is he?
John’s interest in magic began as a student in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he attended lectures by such luminaries as Vernon and Goshman. In the eighties, while in the Air Force, John moved to Washington D.C. where his magic development was nurtured by the vibrant magic community there. Also in the eighties, John began to attend conventions and his sphere of magic friends and influences continued to expand.
John moved to Chicago in 1988. In the 1990’s his first major books were published, introducing his creative work and unique writing style to the world. Impossibilia (1990) and Smoke & Mirrors (1992), were smash hits, and remain relevant and current to this day. His packet trick, Twisted Sisters (1993), continues to be one of the bestselling tricks of all time. During this period, John lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Japan—achieving a truly international reputation.
Today, John is an internationally-acclaimed creator of close-up magic—with a special emphasis on tricks with playing cards. His book, Dear Mr. Fantasy (2005) is widely hailed as one of the best magic books of the last decade. Currently, his collections High Caliber (2013), and Destination Zero (2015), quickly sold out as “must have” volumes. His recent project, Mentalissimo, is getting the same enthusiastic reception.
In the video space, around 2008, he released his highly-regarded series of “fractal” examinable packet tricks. In 2009, John teamed up with the stylish production company, Big Blind Media, to make Bullets After Dark, and in 2011, Bullet Party, both collections of card magic. In 2014, they followed up with more examinable packet tricks, the best-selling collection, Fractalicious and the innovative Sizzle. Recently, they began the epic, off-the-charts Move Zero series on John’s self-working card magic.
In real life, John is a busy lawyer. After hours, he likes to do card tricks. While John’s magic has an international presence, his personal appearances are limited. We are very pleased that he was available for this very special lecture.