We were sad to read that magician John Calvert passed away last week. Mr. Calvert’s well-deserved acclaim developed the many decades of his illustrious magic and movie career.
He entertained Hollywood movie stars, worked as a stunt man and appeared in several major motion pictures. He was 102 years old.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Mr. Calvert was bit by the magic bug at the age of 8, when his father brought him to see Howard Thurston perform in Cincinnati. He immediately began working to impress his friends with his new-found skills in our wonderful craft.
Mr. Calvert and his lovely wife, Tammy traveled the world many times and were headliners in more countries than we can list. He piloted his own yacht and plane and survived incredible mishaps with both means of transportation.
The Times notes that at the age of 100 he appeared at the London Palladium. We note that we have yet to appear at the Palladium or London or any anagram of the words “Palladium” and “London.”
The Magic Castle heralded him as their oldest regularly performing member.
Mr. Calvert and Tammy were kind to Inside Magic. They were courteous and always responsive. It was clear they loved magic and each other. He will be missed.
John and Tammy Calvert will celebrate John’s 100th Birthday and their 50th Wedding Anniversary during a star-studded conclave of magic’s biggest stars.
Fantasma Magic’s Magic On Broadway has about a ton of star power this year. The convention and show combination visits the grand ballroom of the Hotel Pennsylvania on June 24th and 25th, 2011. Magicians include Liu Chen, Jeff McBride, David and Dania, Ed Alonzo, William Rauscher, David Roth, Simon Lovell, Christopher Hart, Johnny Fox, Todd Neufeld, Stan Allen, Joshua Jay, Leland Faulkner and Jorge Blass.
But the stars of the event will be John Calvert and his beautiful wife, Tammy.
John Calvert is a magician’s magician and Tammy is a magician’s dream. He was the first magician to perform on Broadway and in Las Vegas. His world tour holds the record for the longest-running world touring stage show in theatrical history. He was not simply a magician, however. He was and is a world-traveling performer of the first order. The handsome Mr. Calvert performed in more than 40 feature films.
Check out the trailer for the biographical documentary on this wonderful couple here: http://bit.ly/johncalvert and be sure to purchase a copy of the full DVD at their website http://www.johncalvertmagic.com.
You can learn more about the convention, the shows, the events and the scarce tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime event at Fantasma Magic’s web site at: http://www.fantasmamagic.com.
Congratulations to John and Tammy on their 50th wedding anniversary and thank you for sharing so much of your life with our wonderful art.