(Chicago, Illinois: 27th July 1934 - 9th March 2019)
Born of Polish-Sicilian father and Irish-Polish mother named Lankowski. Adopted at early age by the Thompsons. Learned around age 8 from a Mysto Magic set and reading Erdnase. Debut at age 12 at amusement park. Pro close-up and stage. Works stage as "The Great Tomsoni and Company", the "Company" being his assistant-wife Pamela "Pam" Hayes.
1977 and 1982 AMA Stage Magician of the Year. 1986 AMA Performing Fellowship. Introduced a "Thurston" pastiche act at 1989 IBM Convention. AMA Board of Directors 1990-93. 1992 Dragon Award with Pam.
Authored (edited and ghosted by Jeff Busby) Polished Polish Prestidigitation (1981, 39pp).