Magician, newspaper columnist Henry Gordon dies at 89

February 2nd, 2009 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General

Photo courtesy The Toronto Star

A long-time magician, debunker and newspaper columnist has passed away. Henry Gordon, 89, died on Jan. 24.

Gordon wrote a debunking column for the Toronto Star for more than 20 years. Within the column he took on faith healers, UFO believers and “ghostbusters.” In addition to books he wrote, including “Extrasensory Deception,” he also wrote a kids’ column, “It’s Magic,” where he taught readers about stage magic. From his obituary:

It was Gordon’s role as a debunker that garnered him the most attention, and sometimes disdain. He was a founder of the Ontario Skeptics Society and a fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of the Claims of the Paranormal. The Montreal native was outspoken in condemning unscrupulous mentalists and mystics, calling them “dishonest frauds” out to fool people for their money. “I like to call myself an honest fraud,” Gordon said of his magic act.

Gordon also collaborated with James “The Amazing” Randi and produced effects for other magicians. We offer our condolences and best wishes to Gordon’s family and friends.


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