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Johnny Thompson (IV) (1934–2019)

Johnny Thompson was born on July 27, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as John Thompson. He is known for his work on The Carbonaro Effect (2014), Wizard Wars (2014) and Billy Topit (2015). He was married to Pamela Hayes. He died on March 9, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. See full bio »


(age 84) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
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The Carbonaro Effect Miscellaneous Crew
Wizard Wars Miscellaneous Crew
Billy Topit Carme DeLeo
Women in Boxes Himself


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 2011-2017 Penn & Teller: Fool Us (TV Series) (magic consultant - 2 episodes)
- 50/50 Chance (2017) ... (magic consultant)
- Pilot: How to Saw a Woman in Half (2011) ... (magic consultant)
  The Carbonaro Effect (TV Series) (magic think tank - 12 episodes, 2014) (illusions design - 11 episodes, 2014) (illusion design - 1 episode, 2015)
- Just Made History (2015) ... (illusion design)
- An Elevated Ferret Alert (2014) ... (illusions design) / (magic think tank)
- Serious Déjà Vu (2014) ... (illusions design) / (magic think tank)
- Maybe It's the Echinacea? (2014) ... (illusions design) / (magic think tank)
- Green Friendly (2014) ... (illusions design) / (magic think tank)
 2014 Wizard Wars (TV Series) (consultant - 4 episodes)
- Birds of a Feather (2014) ... (consultant)
- Blown Away (2014) ... (consultant)
- Rated Arrrgh! (2014) ... (consultant)
- Spam-tastic! (2014) ... (consultant)
 2005 Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (TV Series documentary) (magic consultant - 1 episode)
- Endangered Species (2005) ... (magic consultant)
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 2015 Billy Topit
Carme DeLeo
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 2018 Penn & Teller: Fool Us (TV Series)
- Penn & Teller Keep You in Suspense (2018) ... Himself
 2018 Gambler's Ballad: The Legend of Johnny Thompson (Documentary short)
 2017 Gambler's Ballad (Documentary)
 2017 Dealt (Documentary)
 2015 The Magic History of Cinema (Documentary)
 2008 Women in Boxes (Documentary)
 2005-2006 Criss Angel Mindfreak (TV Series)
Himself / Theo - Surreal Family
- My Secret Cabaret (2006) ... Himself
- Magician of the Year (2006) ... Himself
- Prophecy (2006) ... Himself
- Sucker (2006) ... Himself
- Chad's Story (2006) ... Himself
 2005 Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (TV Series documentary)
- Hair (2005) ... Himself
 2005 Ausgetrickst - Die unglaubliche Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (2005) ... Himself (as The Great Tomsoni)
 2005 The Aristocrats (Documentary)
 1982 Magic with the Stars (TV Movie)
 1978 Hocus Pocus, It's Magic (TV Movie)
Himself (as The Great Tomsoni)

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(2015-2016 season) He was magic designer for William Shakespeare's play, "The Tempest," at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in Chicago, Illinois with Nate Dendy (Ariel) in the cast. Aaron Posner and Teller were directors. Thom Weaver was lighting designer.

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The Great Tomsoni | T.G. Tomsoni


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He was awarded the 2016 Joseph Jefferson (Equity) Award for Magic Design (Artistic Specialization) for "The Tempest" at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in Chicago, Illinois.

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