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I am trying to track down some information on a magician (among other things) named Henry Johnston. here's a little bit about him:

Johnston was born on the 31st December 1908, in the village of Clounagh in Northern Ireland. Before he was a year old his parents immigrated to Rhodesia (in Southern Africa), where they died while he was very young.

At some stage during the 1920’s he toured the orient earning a living as a magician (he was apparently a very skilled performer) and consequently arrived in China, where he plied his trade. During this period he met Seishi Teppei and was so interested in learning Ju-jitsu from him that he remained there in order to train.

After this, Johnston returned to South Africa, and founded the Kodokwan Ju-jitsu Association (known later as the South African Ju-jitsu Association) in 1928 in Cape Town.

Having turned his talents to a variety of careers and business interests, Johnston made the decision to become a doctor and entered the University of Cape Town School of Medicine in 1940 at the age of 32. Dr. Johnston started his own very successful medical practice in a small town called Gwanda, in southern Rhodesia, where he lived until his death in 1966.


Anybody know anything more about this man, or where I could do more research on his life?

Thanks in advance,
Clinton W. Gray
Clinton W. Gray
Magician in Vancouver BC
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