Magic Management, Chicago Magician

During his freshman year at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois, the magicians' magician, The Great Blackstone was performing one week in St. Louis, only 20 miles away.

John saved his money to see every show he could and hung outside the stage door in hopes of meeting Blackstone. After the last performance in St. Louis, John followed Blackstone and his crew to a restaurant and sat at a nearby table. The producer recognized him from hanging around the stage doors and offered to pay his bill. John, who had been performing as an amateur magician since high school, told the producer that if Blackstone ever needed a magician's assistant to call him.

Two days later, the producer called John and said Blackstone's assistant had broken his arm and asked him to join them for the Kansas City shows. "I walked into the theater and there was no time to rehearse," he recalls. "They told me, 'You saw it all week. You know it well enough.' And I did. I started to tour with them all over. "

Eventually, John left the Blackstone tour to complete his degree in education. Along the way, John continued performing as a part-time magician to provide extra income while in college and even appeared on many local and national television programs including The Jackie Gleason Show, Circus, Circus and the very popular ABC program You Asked For It!, television's original reality/request show. Viewers from around the country would send in requests for the type of program they wanted to see. John performed some of his own magical creations--miniature magicians illusions he designed and constructed especially for the performance.)

After college, John taught english, speech, theater and stage-craft classes to grade school, junior high, high school and college students, while continuing to perform and invent magic tricks in his spare-time. He designed and constructed special magician's props and illusions for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, The Ice Capades, Six Flags, Knotts Berry Farm and Disneyland. One of John's most famous magical creations is the Airbourne Glass in which a magician pours liquid from a bottle into a glass that is magically suspended mid-air. This illusion has been performed by professional magicians nationwide, including Lance Burton, and appeared both on television and in film.

Later, John would move the Chicago area to develop magicians' props used for national advertising campaigns for such Chicago-based companies as Standard Brands, makers of Baby Ruth and Butterfinger candies, Hershey Chocolate, Leaf Confections, Willy Wonka Candies, Ralston Purina and Planters Peanuts, Hoyle Playing Card Company and American Playing Card Company. John is also the author of two magic books with hundreds of magic tricks for beginners offered as promotional items in conjunction with these campaigns.

It was while living in the Chicago area that John would eventually leave the teaching profession to perform as a full-time professional magician.

Today, his magical showmanship, tasteful humor and crowd-pleasing personality have brought him to national and international attention.

A versatile communicator with a unique perspective, John is also a consummate entertainer, making him a favorite among magic fans. He is constantly in motion, walking through audiences and passing his energy and enthusiasm on to them wherever he performs. In all, his combination of world-class magic, sharp wit, powerful message and high-energy stage presence make John Fabjance a magician to watch.