I was saddened to learn of Johnny’s passing at the end of “Fool Us” tonight. My thanks to Penn &Teller for dedicating the episode to him, and letting us outside the Vegas community know.  I had the honor of working with Johnny for only a week as he was tuning up and improving a stage production for Lawrence Khong.  Even though I did not come from the magic community, he found my theatrical and performance background fascinating, and pulled stories and experiences out of me like a sponge. The dinner we shared was not about the Great Tomsoni granting an audience with me from on high, it was truly the opposite. His eyes sparkled as he probed into the seeming minutiae of my world.  I had no idea of the true magnitude of this man.  It is only now that I understand the rare and precious gift given to me. Thank you.

Story With Gregg Halteman

Story With Gregg Halteman

I was saddened to learn of Johnny’s passing at the end of “Fool Us” tonight. My thanks to Penn &Teller for dedicating the episode to him, and letting us outside the Vegas community know.  I had the honor of working with Johnny for only a week as he was tuning up and improving a stage production for Lawrence Khong.  Even though I did not come from the magic community, he found my theatrical and performance background fascinating, and pulled stories and experiences out of me like a sponge. The dinner we shared was not about the Great Tomsoni granting an audience with me from on high, it was truly the opposite. His eyes sparkled as he probed into the seeming minutiae of my world.  I had no idea of the true magnitude of this man.  It is only now that I understand the rare and precious gift given to me. Thank you.

I attempted to get on the TV show, “Penn and Teller: Fool Us” for pretty much one main reason.. to meet Johnny Thompson! When I got there.. I found out that he was having health issues and would not be there.. I was pretty devastated about that. Well, a few minutes before I was to go onstage to tape my (what surprisingly turned out to be a ‘fooler’) spot, Johnny actually showed up! I totally geeked out and talked with him for several minutes about a bit that he did at Abbott’s with Tom Mullica back in ‘92, he told me he loved my homemade puppets.. and then the rest of the time we discussed his Prostate.. it was one of the most thrilling moments of my magic life! I’m so glad that I got to meet him.. he is a legend and always will be! In a few years; I will open the still shrink wrapped book set and read them.. I don’t want to yet.. it’s too sad still... but when the time is right - it will be pretty cool to get lessons from the great one!

Story With Damien James

Story With Damien James

I attempted to get on the TV show, “Penn and Teller: Fool Us” for pretty much one main reason.. to meet Johnny Thompson! When I got there.. I found out that he was having health issues and would not be there.. I was pretty devastated about that. Well, a few minutes before I was to go onstage to tape my (what surprisingly turned out to be a ‘fooler’) spot, Johnny actually showed up! I totally geeked out and talked with him for several minutes about a bit that he did at Abbott’s with Tom Mullica back in ‘92, he told me he loved my homemade puppets.. and then the rest of the time we discussed his Prostate.. it was one of the most thrilling moments of my magic life! I’m so glad that I got to meet him.. he is a legend and always will be! In a few years; I will open the still shrink wrapped book set and read them.. I don’t want to yet.. it’s too sad still... but when the time is right - it will be pretty cool to get lessons from the great one!

Ode to John Max Thompson - Read at the Johnny Thompson Celebration of Life in the Penn & Teller Theater By Jared Kopf, Alpen Nacar, and Paul Vigil Even though he wasn’t our real father, he told the three of us we were his sons. Thanks to John, we were transformed from strangers into brothers. He lived a life of real magic. These are the facts: John Max Thompson Chicagoan Born under a porch Orphaned Cinephile Dreamer of Mississippi riverboats, Derringer hats, and frock coats Reader Erdnasian Bottom dealer Second dealer Middle dealer Palmer Mucker Deck switcher False shuffler Cut shifter A twelve-year-old card cheater Runaway Carny Sword swallower Glass eater Fire breather Beneficiary of Oswald the Human Ostrich —Vhy don’t you do vhat zey all do? —What’s that? —Hit ze hump on ze back! Cantu and the serape loaded with livestock Change of gears Jazz Man Harmonicat Like all cats, he had nine lives. On the road with the band, the driver Jerry Murad fell asleep at the wheel, and John woke up with his face through the windshield. There was the time that he took a radio DJ’s advice and jumped into the back seat during a head-on collision, dodging the steering column that would have impaled him. The time the tornado picked up his car and, like Dorothy to Oz, transferred him from one side of the highway to the other; he just kept on driving. The time he nearly drowned in waste as a Chicago sewage worker. (No matter how bad showbiz gets, it’ll never be as bad as this day!) Stabbed by his first wife. Held at gunpoint by gangster Tommy Wonder, not to be confused with our Tommy Wonder. Escaped Singapore’s death penalty by using sleight of hand to hide the goods. Then there was that recent near-death experience—visitors from the dead, psychedelic cruising altitude, 35,000 feet. Gold records Proud Salt & Pepper Anti-racist Anti-ageist Minority rights activist—all when it was illegal Humanist Enlightened Pratfaller Professional heckler Playboy Club stooge Chameleon Shapeshifter Make-up artist Impressionist Comedian Juggler Ventriloquist Dancer Singer Actor Wrestler —Not every mother’s son can be a boxer. Headliner Former smoker Lifetime toker Polish joker Want to hear his favorite Polish joke? —XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX —It’s a one-liner. —But it gets ’em every time. Part Pole Part Irishman Part Sicilian —Could have been a drunk janitor that doubles as a hitman. Entertainer to children Ladies Gentlemen Royals Nobles Mobsters And drug cartels Pitchman —It happened right where you’re standing, friend! Right where you’re standing! —Another winner! Consultant Designer Writer Mime Escape artist Illusionist Creator Inventor A floating head via Pepper’s Ghost A white dress that’s soon red A cellophane production Some gum for fun Two different shoes And bird poo, too Globetrotter Troubadour Racantour Balladeer Animal lover Bird puller Overall General Practitioner Close-up Parlor Stage Anywhere Anytime —Hey kid, your fly is down! —Yeah, it pays the bills. Cup & Ball worker —This trick’s so old, it’s older than God. Egg Bag man —I tease and tantalize the corners because that’s what they all do. —Can you see the snow white egg in the dark interior? —Damn pretty stuff, isn’t it?! Mind reader —This may be the closest thing to real mind reading that you will ever see. Yeah, I said it, I’ll repeat . . . —I begged, pleaded, and importuned you! . . . That’s a good word: Importuned. You can use it. Luckiest guy ever: If he dropped a coin it’d land in his pants cuff. Once he forgot the birds. Someone asked, “How’d you do?” He answered, “45 minutes!” Vernonite Millerite (Dai’s contemporary; Charlie’s roommate) Apparently, he had more friends than all of us. Look around: it’s evident. Skeptic Doubter Atheist Roller-coaster enthusiast King of the combover Wig wearer —It’s not a wig. It’s a hair piece. —What’s the difference? —About fifteen hundred dollars. Lover Friend Fighter Brother Father Grandfather —Stop it with that “grandfather” shit! Godfather Mentor (Tormentor) Master Poland’s Finest The Wizard of Warsaw The Wizard of Wizards Merlin had nothing on you I’m just going to say it: the best in the world, the greatest of all time —Tank you werry much! “Johnson” to Hayes, the perfect partner in crime She knew to keep the getaway car running —Laughs like I never had before! Husband She yelled, “Mandrake!” when seas were rough. Sometimes “Johnson!” or just “You asshole!” —Please ask my wife to swear for you. She thinks it’s a color. “Mr. John Max Thompson” on paper “The Great Tomsoni” on stage He was all this but so much more. Our gratitude is forever. Our love for you eternal. Our lives forever touched. He was Johnny Thompson, a.k.a. The Great Tomsoni, but we just call him “Great.”   —Like the shifting sands of the Saharan Desert vanishing into the night’s trade winds, so doth the egg . . . disappear.

Story With Paul Vigil

Story With Paul Vigil

Ode to John Max Thompson - Read at the Johnny Thompson Celebration of Life in the Penn & Teller Theater By Jared Kopf, Alpen Nacar, and Paul Vigil Even though he wasn’t our real father, he told the three of us we were his sons. Thanks to John, we were transformed from strangers into brothers. He lived a life of real magic. These are the facts: John Max Thompson Chicagoan Born under a porch Orphaned Cinephile Dreamer of Mississippi riverboats, Derringer hats, and frock coats Reader Erdnasian Bottom dealer Second dealer Middle dealer Palmer Mucker Deck switcher False shuffler Cut shifter A twelve-year-old card cheater Runaway Carny Sword swallower Glass eater Fire breather Beneficiary of Oswald the Human Ostrich —Vhy don’t you do vhat zey all do? —What’s that? —Hit ze hump on ze back! Cantu and the serape loaded with livestock Change of gears Jazz Man Harmonicat Like all cats, he had nine lives. On the road with the band, the driver Jerry Murad fell asleep at the wheel, and John woke up with his face through the windshield. There was the time that he took a radio DJ’s advice and jumped into the back seat during a head-on collision, dodging the steering column that would have impaled him. The time the tornado picked up his car and, like Dorothy to Oz, transferred him from one side of the highway to the other; he just kept on driving. The time he nearly drowned in waste as a Chicago sewage worker. (No matter how bad showbiz gets, it’ll never be as bad as this day!) Stabbed by his first wife. Held at gunpoint by gangster Tommy Wonder, not to be confused with our Tommy Wonder. Escaped Singapore’s death penalty by using sleight of hand to hide the goods. Then there was that recent near-death experience—visitors from the dead, psychedelic cruising altitude, 35,000 feet. Gold records Proud Salt & Pepper Anti-racist Anti-ageist Minority rights activist—all when it was illegal Humanist Enlightened Pratfaller Professional heckler Playboy Club stooge Chameleon Shapeshifter Make-up artist Impressionist Comedian Juggler Ventriloquist Dancer Singer Actor Wrestler —Not every mother’s son can be a boxer. Headliner Former smoker Lifetime toker Polish joker Want to hear his favorite Polish joke? —XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX —It’s a one-liner. —But it gets ’em every time. Part Pole Part Irishman Part Sicilian —Could have been a drunk janitor that doubles as a hitman. Entertainer to children Ladies Gentlemen Royals Nobles Mobsters And drug cartels Pitchman —It happened right where you’re standing, friend! Right where you’re standing! —Another winner! Consultant Designer Writer Mime Escape artist Illusionist Creator Inventor A floating head via Pepper’s Ghost A white dress that’s soon red A cellophane production Some gum for fun Two different shoes And bird poo, too Globetrotter Troubadour Racantour Balladeer Animal lover Bird puller Overall General Practitioner Close-up Parlor Stage Anywhere Anytime —Hey kid, your fly is down! —Yeah, it pays the bills. Cup & Ball worker —This trick’s so old, it’s older than God. Egg Bag man —I tease and tantalize the corners because that’s what they all do. —Can you see the snow white egg in the dark interior? —Damn pretty stuff, isn’t it?! Mind reader —This may be the closest thing to real mind reading that you will ever see. Yeah, I said it, I’ll repeat . . . —I begged, pleaded, and importuned you! . . . That’s a good word: Importuned. You can use it. Luckiest guy ever: If he dropped a coin it’d land in his pants cuff. Once he forgot the birds. Someone asked, “How’d you do?” He answered, “45 minutes!” Vernonite Millerite (Dai’s contemporary; Charlie’s roommate) Apparently, he had more friends than all of us. Look around: it’s evident. Skeptic Doubter Atheist Roller-coaster enthusiast King of the combover Wig wearer —It’s not a wig. It’s a hair piece. —What’s the difference? —About fifteen hundred dollars. Lover Friend Fighter Brother Father Grandfather —Stop it with that “grandfather” shit! Godfather Mentor (Tormentor) Master Poland’s Finest The Wizard of Warsaw The Wizard of Wizards Merlin had nothing on you I’m just going to say it: the best in the world, the greatest of all time —Tank you werry much! “Johnson” to Hayes, the perfect partner in crime She knew to keep the getaway car running —Laughs like I never had before! Husband She yelled, “Mandrake!” when seas were rough. Sometimes “Johnson!” or just “You asshole!” —Please ask my wife to swear for you. She thinks it’s a color. “Mr. John Max Thompson” on paper “The Great Tomsoni” on stage He was all this but so much more. Our gratitude is forever. Our love for you eternal. Our lives forever touched. He was Johnny Thompson, a.k.a. The Great Tomsoni, but we just call him “Great.”   —Like the shifting sands of the Saharan Desert vanishing into the night’s trade winds, so doth the egg . . . disappear.

I was an honor to play my our necktrumpet for respected Max Maven and Johnny Thompson at the house of mystery Las Vegas with my our brother Jeff McBride in 2007 just after I made world news levitating in the gardens of the White house in Washington DC and Times Square New York where I showed that I want to make people wonder and that reality is not what people think that it is.. The necktrumpet was teached to me my Chand Pasha 11th generation traditional Indian magician,. May Chand Pasha and Johhny Thompsons spirits live forever. They are with us in word sound and image. And we continue our duties of the legacy of magic with their teachings in our hearts and soul. Thank you Jeff for connecting me to Johhny back in the days. Love to you my our brothers and siters that under- and overstand WONDER. Magician and mentalist Ramana Amsterdam, Netherlands May 15 2019

Story With Wouter Bijdendijk (aka Ramana)

Story With Wouter Bijdendijk (aka Ramana)

I was an honor to play my our necktrumpet for respected Max Maven and Johnny Thompson at the house of mystery Las Vegas with my our brother Jeff McBride in 2007 just after I made world news levitating in the gardens of the White house in Washington DC and Times Square New York where I showed that I want to make people wonder and that reality is not what people think that it is.. The necktrumpet was teached to me my Chand Pasha 11th generation traditional Indian magician,. May Chand Pasha and Johhny Thompsons spirits live forever. They are with us in word sound and image. And we continue our duties of the legacy of magic with their teachings in our hearts and soul. Thank you Jeff for connecting me to Johhny back in the days. Love to you my our brothers and siters that under- and overstand WONDER. Magician and mentalist Ramana Amsterdam, Netherlands May 15 2019

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