John Carney is a modern Hofzinser.
He is a consummate sleight-of-hand artist.
He studied with Dai Vernon, learned from Faucett Ross, Derek Dingle and Michael Skinner.
He is funny, see his Mr. Mysto persona, and he can act – two qualities not inherent to most of us mortal majishuns.
And he is a bit overweight and obviously incapable of changing that (or simply doesn’t care). Either way, this earns him some extra cookies from my tray!
He is also an author, lecturer, creator and teacher of fine magic, as his two sought after books, Carneycopia (1991) and The Book of Secrets: Lessons for Progressive Conjuring (2004), ably demonstrate.
I consider “Secret Philosophy”, his opening chapter from Carneycopia, required reading. By diligently studying this plus his tricks and also his booklet Magic by Design: Study, Practice and Presentation (2009) you will become a better magician. Unfortunately, the latter work is out of print, but you may find other useful material of John Carney on his website here. He also has announced a new book for 2016.