The expert card magician: Jean Hugard Hugard came into this world December 4, 1871 in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia as John Gerard Rodney Boyce originally aka 'Jean Hugarde'. Professor Hoffman's translation of Houdin's Secrets of Conjuring and Magic was his introduction to magic literature and soon became his "bible."
Over the course of his life he performed as Oscar Kellmann, Chin Sun Loo, Ching Ling Foo, and Jean Hugarde. He began his professional career in 1896.
He moved to USA in 1916, working vaudeville from 1916-18 and in his own magic theater in Luna Park (at Coney Island) 1919-29. When he retired, he went to Brooklyn to write and edit magic. Named 4th SAM Dean of Magicians in 1951. SAM Hall of Fame. Wrote (with Frederick Braue):
The Stripper Deck - Miracle Methods No:
1. Miracle Shuffles and Tricks - Miracle Methods No.
2. (1942), Prepared Cards and Accessories - Miracle Methods No.
3. (1942), Tricks and Sleights - Miracle Methods No.
4. (1942), Show Stoppers with Cards
The Invisible Pass (1946)
The Royal Road to Card Magic (1951)
Expert Card Technique (1940).
Wrote on his own:
Card Manipulations (1934), Close-up Magic (1938), Coin Magic (1935), Encyclopedia of Card Tricks (1937), Houdini's Unmasking (1957), Mental Magic with Cards (1935), Money Magic (1937), More Card Manipulations (1938), Sealed Mysteries of Pocket Magic (c 1930), Silken Sorcery (1937), Thimble Magic (1936)
Edited and produced:
"Hugards Magic Monthly" 22 volumes which chronicles the American magic scene of the '40s, '50s and '60s, with emphasis on New York's 'Inner Circle'.
He died on August 14, 1959 at the age of 87.