John Calvert passed away from natural causes at the age of 102. He was not only a famous magician who performed on stage for eight decades, but he was also an actor, aviator, yachtsman and all around adventurer. Calvert traveled the World in his own plane and continued to lecture and perform magic demonstrations until he passed away (he performed in over 20,000 shows). He was the last of his kind, the old fashion vaudevillian performer who never retired from the business and continued to entertain fans of all generations.
Born Madren Calvert in New Trenton, Indiana he became fascinated with stage magic at the age of eight and began to tour as a traveling magician when he turned 18. During the thirties he became very popular amongst the Hollywood crowd and soon begin to work in the film industry. He got his start as a hand double for Clark Gable in the 1941 film "Honky Tonk". Calvert's matinee idol looks and uncredited work in Hollywood got him a start in the film business. He appeared in a couple of dozen low budget films and starred as the mysterious "Falcon" in the "Devil's Cargo", "Appointment With Murder" and "Search for Danger". Calvert also directed, produced and wrote films under the alias "John Trevlac".
After he retired from the movie business, Calvert continued to tour the globe performing magic and stage shows. He was an avid pilot who flew a DC-2 (which he crashed in 1948) and a DC-8 (which he used to tour with extensively). Over the years he made television appearances and yachted in his spare time. He became magic's most esteem elder statesman and continued to serve in that position until his death. Calvert is survived by his wife of over thirty years Tammy and his daughter Madrian.