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He worked in Cincinnati, Ohio for the Procter and Gamble Engineering Development Division.
Under Braun and Stewart Judah's leadership, the Queen City Mystics magic club applied for a charter from the Society of American Magicians which became Assembly 11 in 1922. He was also one of the founders of the Magic Collectors' Association.
He became the executive editor of the Linking Ring in 1965 then Feature Editor in 1967. He continued his review column "Hocus in Focus", while editing feature and other articles for publication. For seventeen and a half years, John produced a monthly column in the Linking Ring called "Of Legierdemaine and Diverse Juggling Knacks" (which has been collected and published in book form).
Braun was the inventor of The Triple Tube Vanish.
He was on the cover of TOPS Magazine in December 1944.
Braun's lifelong collection of magic literature was acquired by Ken Klosterman and is now in the John Braun Library as a part of his estate home.
- Literay Fellowship from the Academy of Magical Arts.