Featured image of post The Amazing Jonathan, 63, dies of congestive heart failure in his home.

The Amazing Jonathan, 63, dies of congestive heart failure in his home.

“The Freddy Kruger Of Magic” was a revolutionary showman, known for deconstructing the rules of sleight of hand and stagecraft

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“The Freddy Kruger Of Magic” was a revolutionary showman, known for deconstructing the rules of sleight of hand and stagecraft

Highlights

  • John Edward Szeles, the magician and stand up comedian better known by his stage name, The Amazing Johnathan, has died at 63.
  • His death was confirmed by his wife, fellow performer Anastasia Synn.
  • His work was riotous, violent, and frenetic with machine-gun precision, he rattled off bits, tricks, and jokes that left stages covered in faux body parts and audiences in stitches.
  • He was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a degenerative heart condition that affects the tissue surrounding the heart, in 2007.
  • After five years, he disappeared from the stage for five years.
  • His final years-long Las Vegas residency saw him attempt to restart his career, but his condition worsened.