The Magical ChatterBox

A Blog by Sid Lorraine


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The Johnson Family & The David Ben Collection.


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Sid Lorraine was, among other things, a magician, artist, filmmaker, historian, and humorist. Born Sidney Johnson in St. Neots, Huntingdonshire, England in 1905, he immigrated to Toronto, Canada with his family in 1914.

David Ben, Artistic Director of Magicana, acquired the bulk of Sid’s magic collection from Sid’s wife, Rene Johnson. David found amongst many buried treasures, Sid’s handwritten memoirs.

Magicana is pleased to parcel out his memoirs – in his voice - augmented with images and ephemera from Sid’s archives with the support of his family.

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Rene Johnson

passes AWay

Rene Johnson, Sid Lorraine’s devoted wife of 57 years, passed away on October 31, 2009.

Read her obituary.

Magicana is honoured to be

one of the benefiting charities of donations in memory of

Rene Johnson. To make a donation, click here.