Jean Hugard
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Jean Hugard

A signed photograph of the Australian magician Jean Hugard dated Oct 6th 1945 and inscribed 'to my friend Charles Kalish' [the magic collector] . Black and white, 9" x 7" Vg condition, tiny creases to corners.

Jean Hugard

Born in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Stage and pen name of John Gerard Rodney Boyce, originally aka 'Jean Hugarde', later aka 'Chin Sun Loo'. Inspired in 1880 seeing Haselmayer show. Learned a week later reading Robert-Houdin's Secrets of Magic, then Hoffmann's Modern Magic. Debut in 1896. Pro since 1900. Moved to USA in 1916, working vaude 1916-18 and in own magic theater in Luna Park (at Coney Island) 1919-29 when retired in Brooklyn to write and edit magic. Named 4th SAM Dean of Magicians in 1951. SAM Hall of Fame.
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Jean Hugard
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Born John Gerard Rodney Boyce December 04, 1871 Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Died August 14, 1959 (age 87) Brooklyn, New York


Books by Jean Hugard:

Jean Hugard (December 4, 1871 - August 14, 1959) was born John Gerard Rodney Boyce in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. He would insist throughout his life, though, that he was born in 1872.[1] Hugard used the stage names of Kelmann, Hugarde, Jean Hugard and Chin Sun Loo. He began his professional career in the 1890s. One of his full evening shows presented on tour in Australia and New Zealand was a silent Chinese act.


1 Biography
2 Awards and honors
3 Books
3.1 With Braue
3.2 As ghostwriter
4 Books about
5 References


Jean (pronounced like the denim trousers, as per Milt Larsen) Hugard became interested in magic after seeing Louis Haselmayer perform and his first book on magic was Secrets of Conjuring and Magic, Professor Hoffmann's translation of Robert-Houdin's book.

In 1915, he moved to the United States and worked in vaudeville from 1916 until 1918. One of his feature attractions then was "Birth of the Sea Nymph."

He also was known for his bullet catch routine, which he called "The Great Rifle Feat." He was the first to present it with modern day guns at the time.

He owned and performed in a magic theater in Luna Park (at Coney Island) from 1919-1929. He also appeared in a Broadway Show in 1928 at the Forrest Theater called "The Squealer."

When he retired from performing, he moved to Brooklyn to write and edit magic publications. He wrote more than 30 books on magic. The death of John Northern Hilliard, who had written only the first chapter of Greater Magic, left a lot of manuscript to be completed. Carl Waring Jones, who had contracted for its publication, brought Jean Hugard on board in 1938 to complete and enlarge the text to over 1,000 pages.

He was editor of Hugard's Magic Monthly starting in 1943.

In 1951, Hugard was named the fourth ever SAM Dean of Magicians.

Near the end of his life, Hugard was blind, having lost the sight of both eyes following operations for the removal of cataracts. In spite of this handicap, he continued to work in the magic field at his home in Brooklyn, New York.[2][3][4]

Awards and honors:

Elected into the SAM Hall of Fame
The Silver Wand, Magic Circle's highest award
"Milbourne Christopher Award," a plaque that Walt Rollins gave each year in the memory of his son Chipper, to the magician who has done most in the advancement of "brotherly love"
International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 136 (Brisbane, Australia) is named in his honor
International Brotherhood of Magicians honorary life member


10 Card Feats (1930)
Ad in Linking Ring
Automatic Deck and Opening Routine (1933)
Card Manipulations No. 1 (1933)
Card Manipulations No. 2 (1933)
Card Manipulations No. 3 (1934)
Close-up Magic for the Night Club Magician (1934)
Card Manipulations No. 4 (1935)
Mental Magic with Cards (1935)
Coin Magic (1935)
Card Manipulations No. 5 (1936)
Thimble Magic (1936)
Encyclopedia of Card Tricks (1937)
Money Magic (1937)
Silken Sorcery (1937)
Hugard's Annual of Magic 1937 (1937)
More Card Manipulations No. 1 (1938)
More Card Manipulations No. 2 (1939)
Hugard's Annual of Magic 1938-1939
Modern Magic Manual (1939)
More Card Manipulations No. 3 (1940)
More Card Manipulations No. 4 (1941)
Sealed Mysteries of Pocket Magic (1943)
Houdini's Unmasking (1957)
With Braue
Expert Card Technique (1940) with (Frederick Braue)
Miracle Methods No. 1 - The Stripper Deck (1941) with (Frederick Braue)
Miracle Methods No. 2 - Miracle Shuffles and Tricks (1942) with (Frederick Braue)
Miracle Methods No. 3 - Prepared Cards and Accessories (1942) with (Frederick Braue)
Miracle Methods No. 4 - Tricks and Sleights (1943) 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)
As ghostwriter
Encyclopedia of Cigarette Tricks by Keith Clark
Encyclopedia of Card Tricks
The Elusive Canary by Mystic Craig
Mental Magic by Al Baker
Effective Card Magic by Bill Simon
The Fine Art of Magic by George Kaplan
Greater Magic by John Hilliard
Books about
Jean Hugard (Book) By James B. Alfredson ISBN 0916638847 (1997) - Looks at the life and career of an accomplished magician who worked during the 1930s and 1940s, and his influence on the performance of magic during his day. Published by David Meyer Magic Books.
↑ Jean Hugard by James B. Alfredson (1997)
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↑ Cover, Genii Magazine, Vol. 19, No. 7, March 1955, Jean Hugard, Our Cover, by Milbourne Christopher, page 233
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Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 24, No. 11, January 1945, Jean Hugard, by Jerry Lukins, page 35
Cover, Tops Magazine, Vol. 10, No. 4, April 1945, Jean Hugard – His Words Are Magic!, page 4
The Conjurors' Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 12, February 1948, MAGIC IS EXPORTABLE, by George Mulgrue, page 31
Cover, M-U-M, Vol. 41, No. 8, January 1952, magician-of-the-month, by Leslie P. Guest, page 225
The Linking Ring, Vol. 33, No. 6, August 1953, New Ring 136, Brisbane, Australia Named In Honor of Jean Hugard, by Charles Wicks, page 103
Genii Magazine, Vol. 19, No. 8, April 1955, Jean Hugard Honored, page 272
The Linking Ring, Vol. 35, No. 2, April 1955, Jean Hugard Honored By Magic Circle, by John J. Crimmins, Jr., page 47
The Magic Circular, Vol. 49, No. 549, May 1955, Jean Hugard Awarded Honorary Membership of the Inner Magic Circle, by John J. Crimmins, Jnr., page 154
Goodliffe's Abracadabra, Vol. 27, No. 708, August 1959, Obituary, Jean Hugard, by Milbourne Christopher, page 85
The Linking Ring, Vol. 39, No. 6, August 1959, Jean Hugard Honored With IBM Membership, page 43
Hugard’s Magic Monthly, Vol. 17, No. 4, September 1959. The Hugard Heritage, by Milbourne Christopher, page 37
M-U-M, Vol. 49, No. 4, September 1959, Broken Wands, Jean Hugard, by Milbourne Christopher, page 150
The Linking Ring, Vol. 39, No. 8, October 1959, The Jean Hugard Story, by Milbourne Christopher, page 23
The Linking Ring, Vol. 39, No. 9, November 1959, The Jean Hugard Story, by Milbourne Christopher (cont.), page 53
The Linking Ring, Vol. 39, No. 10, December 1959, The Jean Hugard Story, by Milbourne Christopher (cont.), page 49
The Linking Ring, Vol. 39, No. 11, January 1960, The Jean Hugard Story, by Milbourne Christopher (cont.), page 43
The Linking Ring, Vol. 40, No. 1, March 1960, The Jean Hugard Story, by Milbourne Christopher (cont.), page 66
The Linking Ring, Vol. 40, No. 2, April 1960, The Jean Hugard Story, by Milbourne Christopher (cont.), page 44
The Magic Circular, Vol. 87, No. 937, July/August 1993, The Eighteenth Collectors' Day 29th May, 1993, by Amy Dawes, about Hugard, page 111
The Magic Circular, Vol. 92, No. 982, January 1998, Books, Jean Hugard by James B. Alfredson (1977), page 25
M-U-M, Vol. 91, No. 12, May 2002, The Deans of the S.A.M, Jean Hugard, December 4,1872 – August 1959, Dean: 1951-1959, page 22
M-U-M, Vol. 97, No. 2, July 2007, The Nielsen Gallery, Hugard – Birth of the Sea Nymph, page 72