John Ball was an American author most noted for his 1965 novel, In the Heat of the Night, featuring detective Virgil Tibbs. The novel was made into an Oscar-winning film of the same name.
To help finance his Carrollton College education, Ball performed magic as "Howduzi" and "Jacques Morintell".
A man with wide interests, Ball was also a martial arts-trained Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy and a nudist. Hopefully, not at the same time.
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