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Thursday, 31 March 2011

JOHNNY GEDDES JOKE SHOP - 1981

This ad for the Johnny Geddes Magic & Fun shop in Meadowside is dated 1981.
Although I can remember the place ok, I was never in it, but I do recall the masks they had in the shop window, including Laurel & Hardy, old hags and a Maggie Thatcher one too!
Johnny Geddes was actually a professional magician who toured regularly around UK as well as places further afield such as America.
Needless to say, he was in the Dundee Magic Circle, before later going on to become president of the Scottish Magic Circle.
He has also appeared on TV a few times alongside the likes of Charlie Drake and Rolf Harris.
In addition, Mr G has written many books on the subject of magic and managed to find time to run the Jay-Gee Variety Agency too.
In fact, oor man of magic had quite a few tricks up his sleeve it seems!

15 comments:

  1. Is he still alive? I remember being in that shop in the early 80's but he seemed very old even then.

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  2. Fuck me! £5.15 , 30 years ago for a Rubik cube ,cost about £3 now , i feel so guilty now swapping all the stickers about when my poor mum and dad spent so much of their hard earned cash to give me the IN Christmas present that year along with everything else ,glad i`m sending them on a cruise this year!

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  3. A wee joke item I recall from my school days was the fake Wrigleys packet.
    It looked exactly the same - but when you offered someone a bit of chewny, they'd go to take one out of the packet and a springed metal clamp would crash down like a mouse-trap on top of their thumb.
    Painful and hilarious - well for a 12 year old it was!

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  4. Smokin' monkeys, blackeyed telescopes, powder puffin' fags, stink bombs, nudie cards, blackfaced soap, garlic bon bons, sneezin powder etc etc, spent many a weeks pocket money on those things, :) must have made a fortune on a day like today ;)

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  5. Did anyone ever go through the wee door that was at the back of the shop?

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  6. ...er...was that the door where everyone vanished...??

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  7. My dad was good friends with Johnny Geddes back in the 70s/80s from his involvement with the Dudhope Air Training Corps where Johnny was a member of the committee.

    Asked my dad last night whatever happened to him: he lost touch with Johnny a few years back but apparently he suffered a stroke in the early 90s which left him unable to speak. My father reckons he's still alive as he's never heard any mention of his death, whether in the papers or word of mouth. If so, Johnny will be at least 90 now.

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  8. £5 for a rubix cube? THey cost a couple of pounds now - thank f for chink imports! I was in Dundee lately and cannae find a pea shooter for love nor money. Sad state of affairs.

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  9. In these despairing times we're living in, you just have to resort to what we did when there was a pea-shooter shortage - use an empty biro!

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  10. i was given a "retro " tattie gun as a xmas prezzie last year , at least didnt get a clip on the lug when my mum went to make stovies for ah the holes in the spuds :)

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  11. I bought an invisible man suit from this shop....but fuck knows where it is now!

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  12. My father, Johnny Geddes passed away in February 2000 aged 82. As was mentioned, he had a stroke in the early nineties and lost the power of speech. When he passed, there was little or no mention in the local press.
    Charlie Geddes, eldest son.

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    1. My father had a shop in Perth in the 1950s and I am sure Johnny who was a commercial traveller came there, am I right.

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    2. hi
      I joined the Scottish Magic Circle in 1968 or 69 and Johnny was the I think president . Johnny was a great character and their were other member such as Arthur Lawrie, Charlie Black and others who's names I just cant remember. I had a great time learning magic from all of these members and some of Johnnies routines were hilarious. We used to have some great magic at our meetings. I saw Charlie Black a few years or more ago in Broughty Ferry and just wondered if he was still with us as he must have been in his eighties or nineties. I have really good memories of my time in the Scottish Magic Circle and sometimes pull out a packet of cards and practice my tricks.I also was surprised their was little or no mention of Johnny passing as he was a prolific contributor to many conjuring magazines of magic routines, usually comedy magic as well as publishing a number of books/booklets.Johnny also had his own television show on Grampian tv in the 1970s.

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  13. hi
    Don't know what business your dad was in but Johnny was a travelling salesman . I think for Coleman's mustard.

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