John Bannon is without doubt, one of the worlds most respected creators of card magic tricks.
His card tricks are regularly used by most professional and hobbyist magicians. Don't just take my word for it:
‘John's material is fantastic.’ Bill Malone
‘Bannon is, without doubt, one of the best thinkers we have." David Regal
‘As usual I'm in awe of John's ingenuity’ Tomas Blomberg
'Its Bannon, 'nuff said' – Steve Brooks, The Magic Café
‘Magic with intellect from a true genius.’ George McBride
John spent a few moments to it dowm for a quick interview with The Merchant of Magic whilst recording a project at Magic Live in Las Vegas. We asked him:
- How did you discover magic?
- Tell us about your first show
- What 3 things would you have done differently
Like many magicians, John Bannon discovered magic at an early age. Having fallen in love with the creative process of inventing magic tricks with playing cards, he reached the point where most kids lose interest and move on. However, for him, the journey didn't end and a life long process of discovery and invention was to follow. For all magicians, we face a hard choice in our development. At some point, life gets in the way of our practice. Pushing past these 'walls' or distractions is the only way to become a master magician. Maintaining a regular practice program, and ensuring that you keep a balance in your fife between magic and your other interests can keep you going and stop your motivation fading.
Like most magicians, John Bannon is a hobbyist. He had no particular pull or urge to perform. For John, the pleasure in magic comes from creation and problem solving. Although he wishes that he had performed more over the years, his story is a great example that you don't need to become a showman to enjoy magic.
John Bannon Books
Mirage By John Bannon (1986)
Smoke & Mirrors (1992)
Dear Mr. Fantasy by John Bannon (2006)
Open And Notorious (2009)
Six. Impossible. Things. John Bannon (2009)
Mega 'Wave (2010)
Bullet Party (2011)
High Caliber (2013)
John Bannon DVD Collections
John Bannon Single Trick DVDs
John Bannon Tricks