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Jean Hugard

Jean Hugard
Jean Hugard

The expert card magician: Jean Hugard came into this world on December 4th 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 Hugard. He began his professional career in 1896.

He moved to the 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 (Society of American Magicians) Dean of Magicians in 1951. SAM Hall of Fame.

Jean Hugard wrote the following books:

  • The Invisible Pass (1946) (with Frederick Braue)
  • Show Stoppers with Cards (1948) (with Frederick Braue)
  • Royal Road to Card Magic (1948) (with Frederick Braue)
  • The Stripper Deck – Miracle Methods No. 1 (1941) (with Frederick Braue)
  • Miracle Shuffles and Tricks – Miracle Methods No. 2 (1942) (with Frederick Braue)
  • Prepared Cards and Accessories – Miracle Methods No. 3 (1942) (with Frederick Braue)
  • Tricks and Sleights – Miracle Methods No. 4 (1943) (with Frederick Braue)
  • The Invisible Pass (1946) (with Frederick Braue)
  • Card magician Jean Hugard in later lifeShow Stoppers with Cards (1948) (with Frederick Braue)
  • Royal Road to Card Magic (1948) (with Frederick Braue)
  • The Invisible Pass (1946) (with Frederick Braue)
  • Show Stoppers with Cards (1948) (with Frederick Braue)
  • Royal Road to Card Magic (1948) (with Frederick Braue)


Hugard 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)


Hugard also edited and produced:

“Hugard’s Magic Monthly” 22 volumes which chronicles the American magic scene of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, with emphasis on New York’s ‘Inner Circle’.

Jean Hugard died on August 14, 1959 at the age of 87.

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