Amazing Johnathan, Longtime Vegas Magician, Says He Has One Year to Live

Amazing Johnathan, once a regular performer in Las Vegas, said at a public event he has just a year to live.

The revelation was made at a speaking engagement in downtown Las Vegas on Oct. 21, 2014, and was reported by John Katsilometes. Read more.

Amazing Johnathan

Amazing Johnathan has a huge following in, of all places, Australia.

Amazing Johnathan, whose real names is Johnathan Szeles, has struggled with cardiomyopathy (a weakening of the heart muscle) for years, and has been ineligible for a heart transplant because of diabetes.

Szeles was saying he has a year to live as far back as March of 2014, so it’s difficult to tell where things stand or if they’ve recently gotten worse, but the prognosis isn’t good.

Szeles said he is retired, no longer able to perform due to his medical condition. He also said his final shows were at the famed Magic Castle in Los Angeles in July 2014.

His most recent gig in a Las Vegas run spanning 13 years was a short engagement at Bally’s Las Vegas that ended badly and very publicly. An earlier run at Sahara also ended badly and very publicly.

Our encounters with Amazing Johnathan have always been pleasant, and we wish him all the best.

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  • Misslaydj

    I’m so sad. I remember watching on Comic Strip Live when it use to come o nTV in the early 90’s. God Bless Him

  • Troy Swezey

    “His most recent gig in Las Vegas was a 13-year run at Bally‚Äôs Las Vegas… ” Technically… It was a 13 year Vegas run. The Bally’s gig was more like 13 weeks. He played Golden Nugget, Harmon Theater and Sahara which also ended badly. Seems there were video cameras installed in the dressing rooms.

    • Scott Roeben

      Thanks for the catch! Have to look up that Sahara story, thanks.