The Amazing Johnathan: Drug addict illusionist ‘doubly’ unreliable

Director Ben Berman says the moment he met comedian and illusionist the Amazing Johnathan, he knew he was the perfect subject for a documentary.

The filmmaker tells Sky News: “The first thing we filmed, he was in the kitchen eating lunch, and he just started throwing these slices of ham on the refrigerator. I was like, ‘Yeah, this is what we want. This makes no sense and I like it.’

“It started off weird, but I absolutely did not know what I was in for.”

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary
Image:Born John Edward Szeles, he was at the height of his fame in the 80s and 90s

Born John Edward Szeles, the Amazing Johnathan honed his skills performing on the streets of San Francisco, before achieving fame across America in the 1980s and 1990s.

Self-dubbed the “Freddie Krueger of comedy” due to his gore-filled tricks, he was also a household name in Australia thanks to his regular appearances on the Channel 9 kids’ show Hey Hey It’s Saturday.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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