John Calvert documentary review


Here is my review of John Calvert- His Magic and Adventures, now on DVD

John Calvert- His Magic and Adventures is a fitting tribute to a fascinating and inspiring man. Both magicians and non-magicians alike will find this film on John Calvert to be informative and entertaining. If you’ve heard the stories about John Calvert being a legendary magician with an incredible, “only-in-the-movies” life story, this film serves as a confirmation.

For magicians, a highlight of the film may be his on-camera performances, filmed throughout the decades-- much of which was recently shot at The Magic Castle. For non-magicians, you’ll enjoy the story of a man who has remained young at heart for nearly 100 years.

Imagine this-- seeing behind the scenes into the life of a legendary magician, one whose career has lasted 80+ years, and, for good reason. There isn’t a film like this on any magician, let alone a great one. Just watching John Calvert perform and listening to his advice scattered throughout the picture, you’ll have an opportunity to learn from the best. And it will inspire you to aspire to greatness. It’s well worth the small price of the DVD.

We all have something to benefit from learning about the life and career of John Calvert. He’s an expression of what’s possible in life. It was a story that needed to be told. Bravo!

You may buy the DVD here.

John Calvert Feature Length Documentary - Now available!


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I can't wait to see this film! I'm a big fan, and you'll be amazed by John Calvert and all that he's done. You can read the interview I did with him, here.

"Available on DVD starting December 10th, 2009 on

Produced over a period of nine years, veteran filmmaker Fred Calvert has captured a "stunning portrait of this master magician and his Indiana-Jones-like adventures" (William V. Rauscher).
John Calvert, born in 1911 in a small farm town in Indiana, conquered New Yorks Broadway as a magician, starred in over 40 motion pictures and, in the course of his world travels, often found himself in dangerous circumstances that called for luck, magic, and a determined effort to survive."

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Two Videos of The Great John Calvert


John Calvert, 97, performs for the Oakland Magic Circle on Jan. 6, 2009. He has been performing magic since 1934 and is booked at the Palladium in London on his 100th birthday.

John Calvert shares some insight on his many years in magic in a brief interview with Scott Wells.