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William W. Larsen

(Green Bay, Wisconsin: 31st December 1904 - 5th July 1953)

Inspired and learned from tricks bought by his father. Moved to Southern California in 1922. Criminal lawyer. Semi-pro mentalist and magician. Founder-editor Genii magazine 1936-53. In 1939 toured a full-evening show thru USA with wife Gerrie and sons Bill Jr and Milt. Owned Thayer Studio of Magic in Los Angeles 1942-1950 when sold to Clayton Jacobson. Retired from law practice in 1945 to give full time to magic. Founder of the Larsen magic dynasty. SAM Hall of Fame.

Co-invented (with T. Page Wright) Boudoir of a Dancing Girl (by 1928). Published several booklets jointly with his friend Wright, including The L.W. Mysteries for Children (1928) and L&W Mental and Spirit Mysteries (1929). Plus many joint articles with Wright in Sphinx under various pen names.

Under own name and pen name of "Dr. Frederick Straussborg" wrote many published manuscripts, mostly on mentalism, many republished as The Mental and other writings of William Larsen, Sr (1977, 212pp). Also under own name: Magically An Idea or Two (1933, 46pp), Contact and Non-Contact Mind-Reading (1945, 4pp), Tricks for Television (1949, 12pp), Puppetrix (1949, 14pp), etc. As "Jack Hamilton" wrote Descriptive Program of Dante's Sim Sala Bim.

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L.W. Random Conceptions with Cards by William W. Larsen & T. Page WrightLong out of print, we're pleased to bring you this nice collection of sleight of hand card work from the team of Larsen and Wright. These clever card miracles are written in a relaxed, personal style, just as if Larsen and Wright were sharing the various moves in the back room of your local magic shop.

You'd expect to pay a king's ransom for the original, single broadside sheet manuscript. Luckily, Magic World has reissued this hard to find manuscript in a revised, easy-to-read digital format. Unlike the original, the individual effects now even have titles, making it easier than ever before...

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Fraudulent Spirit Phenomena by William W. Larsen(Larsen is writing as Rev. Dr. Richard Straussberg)

Whether you want to haunt a house, perform a parlor seance, or entertain a private audience with a series of ghostly mysteries, this book shows you how to do it. Long out of print, this limited edition manuscript is now available to a new generation of house haunters, spirit mediums and practitioners of bizarre magick. Use these spine-chilling effects to scare the yell out of your victims. If you're a storyteller, use one or more of these macabre stunts to accentuate a horror story.

Use an effect or two to spice up your existing act....

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The L. W. Pocket and Parlor Mysteries by William W. Larsen & T. Page WrightLong out of print, we're pleased to bring you this collection of baffling close-up and small group effects for magicians and psychic entertainers, from the minds of Larsen and Wright.

The material in this ebook was chosen for its entertainment value, its suitability for small audiences, and to ensure that the methods are new and novel. Not a rehash of old content, this is magic that your audiences will enjoy as much as you will enjoy performing it.

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The Magic Mail - The magician forgets to stamp a letter. A spectator chooses a denomination from among 16 choices and holds the...

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Thayer's Comedy Crystal Gazing Act by William W. LarsenHere's the perfect "one man" comedy mentalism act that's great for those occasions when you aren't able to perform your regular show. Or add it as a feature to your regular act.

Don't confuse this with the old "two person" comedy mindreading act. This hilarious routine can be performed by you, alone, without assistants, stage hands or stooges. Using a crystal ball, a jumbo electric light bulb, or even a swirly-painted bowling ball, you cause a laugh riot by apparently answering questions which have been merely "thought of" by your audience. There's no mystery to it. All you need is this clever...

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A Spook Show in Your Parlor by William W. Larsen & B. W. McCarron

Host your own entertaining séance or year-round haunted house with these frightfully spooky stunts.

Not just for Halloween, you'll be the life of the party any time with more than a devil's dozen effects and stunts that take place around the séance table or darkened room. They won't break the (blood) bank, either.

Newly revised, with over 20 pages of added content, including new methods, attractions and ideas to make yours the most talked-about event in your city or town. Don't just perform magic . . . live it in your own house of spooks and ghosts.

Here's a partial look at the contents: ...

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Magical Bulletin Volume 13 (June 1948, Fall 1948) by William W. Larsen
  1. Thayer's Magical Bulletin - Volume 13, Number 1 - June, 1948 - 16 pages
  2. cover photo - Charles Kirkham
  3. Inside the Cabinet - Bill Larsen, Jr.
  4. Pipe Lines - Bill Larsen, Jr.
  5. Suggested Routines - Edw. W. Myers
  6. Why Doesn't Someone ...? - Bill Larsen, Jr.
  7. Interesting Combinations - Bowman and Clark
  8. So You Want to Play Casuals - Dale Williams
  9. Be Careful What You Say! - Pat Fitzgerald
  10. Whispers - Bascom Jones, Jr.
  11. Old Timer Recalls - Jerome Isaacs
  12. Put Your Act to Work - Bill Larsen, Jr.
  13. Talk for Tricks
    • Patter for Multiplying Golf Balls - Pat Fitzgerald
    • Patter for Mutilated Parasol...
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The Gyp Artist by William W. Larsen

Here's an entertaining, 25- to 60-minute lecture that you, the magician or mentalist, can present on the topic of scams and cons. And it's a money-maker.

Become an Expert on Cons and Swindles...
Or just talk like one. This is a new field for most magicians and mentalists, allowing you to give your lecture to civic groups, security seminars, government agencies, corporations -- anywhere people gather. And these organizations have deep pockets, too, able to pay you well for your time.

Fabled Bunco Games of History...
Now become practical, effective tricks in the magician's hands, each...

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The L. W. Mental and Spirit Mysteries by William W. Larsen & T. Page WrightHere are six stunning mental and spirit-flavored effects from the creative minds of Larsen and Wright.

From the authors of The L. W. Card Mysteries comes this great ebook of effects for psychic entertainers that will leave audiences thinking that they have just witnessed genuine thought stealing!

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  • Psychic Vision - An ingenious method of answering a single question.
  • The Quick or the Dead - Perhaps the best method ever for performing this great billet test. Put your thinking cap on and you'll find many uses for this, aside from the original premise.
  • From a Shuffled Pack - A great test feature. ...
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L. W. Card Mysteries by William W. Larsen & T. Page WrightEvery effect in the L. W. Card Mysteries is an apparent miracle. None of the effects requires long practice or more than a modicum of sleight of hand. Many require little skill at all. Just a rehearsal or two and you'll be all set to amaze and, most of all, entertain.

Just think!

You'll learn how to make two selected cards turn over in the pack without the use of skill and no false moves of any sort; to make a selected card vanish from the hands of the spectator and be found elsewhere; to make two cards change places - the positions of the cards being seen up to the moment of the change;...

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Genii Volume 61 (Nov 1997 - Sep 1998) by William W. LarsenNovember 1997 - September 1998
Irene Larsen, Publisher and Erika Larsen, Editor This Volume has only 5 Issues

372 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 61, Number 1 - November 1997 - 76 pages
  2. Cover - Jack Kodell
  3. Contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - Erika Larsen
  5. Letters
    • Exposure Blues - John Holveck
    • Pete C. Matsuka
    • Hand it to You - Bob Loomis
    • An Ex"swain"ation - James Swain
    • Attention Readers!
  6. Guide to Advertisers
  7. A Word From Our Publisher - Irene Larsen
    • Greetings, Friends - poem - Steve Bryant
  8. Genii News - Magic News - compiled by Erika Larsen
    • Round & About ...
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Genii Volume 60 (Nov 1996 - Oct 1997) by William W. LarsenNovember 1996 - October 1997
Irene Larsen, Publisher and Erika Larsen, Editor

1024 pages Each issue starts with page number one - therefore, each page has an issue number and a page number.

  1. Genii - Volume 60, Number 1 - November 1996 - 92 pages
  2. Cover - Joel Hodgson
  3. Contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - Erika Larsen
  5. Letters
    • Anniversary Waltz - Stanley Blumenthal
    • Richard Cohn
    • Anniversary Faults - Eugene Poinc
    • Plans for the Future - Molly Meyer
    • Wherever - Eugene Burger
    • T.M.W.K.T.M. - Max Maven
    • Artist Currently Known As - Hamlet Gervorkian
    • Sitting on a Barbed Wire...
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Genii Volume 59 (Nov 1995 - Oct 1996) by William W. LarsenNovember 1995 - October 1996
Irene Larsen, Publisher and Erika Larsen, Editor

1028 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 59, Number 1 - November 1995 - 80 pages
  2. Cover - Bob Markwood's Perfect Birthday Party?
  3. Contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - Erika Larsen
  5. Letters
    • Isn't Life Wonderful? - Roger Thompson
    • Puttin' on the Ritz - Mike Rogers
    • Get Back - Tom Zell
    • Trend of Truth - Bruce Meyers
    • Monumental - Peter D. Blanchard
    • Incidental - Ed Warren
  6. Guide to Advertisers
  7. A Word From Our Publisher - Irene Larsen
  8. Genii News - Magic News - compiled by Erika Larsen
    • "Two" of a Kind ...
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Genii Volume 58 (Nov 1994 - Oct 1995) by William W. LarsenNovember 1994 - October 1995
Irene Larsen, Publisher and Dante and Erika Larsen, Editors

944 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 58, Number 1 - November 1994 - 68 pages
  2. Cover - NBC's "World's Greatest Magic"
  3. Contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - Erika Larsen
  5. Letters Department
    • Pat Hennessy
    • Nathan Jenkins
    • Al Portwood
    • Erika Larsen
  6. A Word From Our Publisher - Irene Larsen
  7. Genii Guide to Advertisers
  8. Genii News - Magic News - compiled by Erika Larsen
    • Credit Card Carney
    • Impressive Numbers
    • Gathering Magic
    • Library of Congress
    • More Vegas
    • Thanks for the Memories
    ...
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Genii Volume 57 (Nov 1993 - Oct 1994) by William W. LarsenNovember 1993 - October 1994
Irene Larsen, Publisher and Dante and Erika Larsen, Editors

844 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 57, Number 1 - November 1993 - 68 pages
  2. Cover - Patrick Culliton and T.L. Williams Conjure Up the Spirit of Houdini
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - Erika Larsen
  5. Houdini - A Special Issue - Patrick Culliton and T.L. Williams
    1. Houdini, A Magician for the Ages - Patrick Culliton
    2. Outline - Society Sketch - by Harry Houdini
    3. Bahl Yahn and the Strong Man - by Harry Houdini
    4. Manny - Patrick Culliton
    5. Flight and Magic - Harry Houdini
    6. Buried Alive...
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Genii Volume 56 (Nov 1992 - Oct 1993) by William W. LarsenNovember 1992 - October 1993
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Editor then, Irene Larsen, Publisher and Dante Larsen, Editor

816 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 56, Number 1 - November 1992 - 76 pages
  2. Cover - Theo Annemann
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. Annemann
    1. Vamp Till Ready - Bob Weill
    2. Early Annemann and How He Thought - Robert Parrish
    3. Bill Larsen, Sr. on Ted Annemann
    4. The Annemann Story - Bob Weill
    5. Annemann's Foibles
      1. The Story of The Fox & The Goobers
      2. The Story of The Missing Marksman
      3. The Story of Wheels That Turn
      4. The...
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Genii Volume 55 (Nov 1991 - Oct 1992) by William W. LarsenNovember 1991 - October 1992
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Editor

856 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 55, Number 1 - November 1991 - 76 pages
  2. Cover - Doc Eason
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. Doc Eason Feature - The Rocky Mountain Magic of Doc Eason
    1. My First Visit to The Tower - Michael Ammar
    2. Doc Eason Interviewed by Eric Mead
    3. The Tower Magic Bar
    4. Have Card Trick ... Will Travel - Doc Eason
    5. Jamy Ian Swiss on: Magic Bar
      • The Legend Lives
      • The Texture of the Weave
    6. Some Words about Doc from Ray Mertz and Karl Norman
    7. Mertz's...
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Genii Volume 54 (Nov 1990 - Oct 1991) by William W. LarsenNovember 1990 - October 1991
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Editor

852 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 54, Number 1 - November 1990 - 80 pages
  2. Cover - Jay Scott Berry
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  6. Celestial Sorcery, Inc. Presents A Special Issue - Jay Scott Berry
    1. Son of a Son of a Sorcerer
    2. The Fog Goblet - Jay Scott Berry
    3. The Mist Primer - Jay Scott Berry
    4. The Fog Hat - Jay Scott Berry
    5. The TM Primer - Jay Scott Berry
    6. Wacky Wand - Jay Scott Berry
    7. The Aero System - Jay Scott Berry
  7. Illusion Plans - Paul Osborne and Associates ...
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Genii Volume 53 (Jul 1989 - Jun 1990) by William W. LarsenJuly 1989 - June 1990
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Editor

848 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 53, Number 1 - July 1989 - 76 pages
  2. Cover - Siegfried and Roy
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  6. Siegfried & Roy World Tour - Bill and Irene Larsen
  7. Illusion Plans - Paul Osborne and Associates
    • The Fabulous Frosty Guy
  8. Magicana - A Magazine Within A Magazine - James Patton, editor
    1. Proxy Stab - Phil Goldstein
    2. Intermission - James Patton
  9. Absolutely Ogden - Tom Ogden
    • The Linking Nightmare - Tom Ogden
  10. Tripp's...
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Genii Volume 52 (Jul 1988 - Jun 1989) by William W. LarsenJuly 1988 - June 1989
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Editor

843 pages (1 double page)

  1. Genii - Volume 52, Number 1 - July 1988 - 60 pages
  2. Cover - Dr. Robert Albo
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  6. Custodian of a million legends preserves health of antique magic - re: Dr. Robert Albo - Amy Stevens
    1. The Albo Books: Keeping the history of magic alive
    2. The Albo Collection: Home to magic's history
  7. Illusion Plans - Paul Osborne and Associates
    • Santazamm!
  8. Cigarette Magic and Manipulation - Geoffrey Buckingham ...
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Genii Volume 51 (Jul 1987 - Jun 1988) by William W. LarsenJuly 1987 - June 1988
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Editor

864 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 51, Number 1 - July 1987 - 72 pages
  2. Cover - The Absolons
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  6. Czechoslovakian Magic Section
    1. A Short History of Czechoslovakian Conjuroring - Karel Absolon
    2. Karel and Blanka Absolon - AN Autobiography
    3. Double Wine Production - Karel Absolon
    4. Meet the Czechoslovakian Magicians
      1. The Family Kellner
      2. Oklama
      3. Joss Kaiser
      4. Duo Valer
      5. Karel Vaverka
      6. Zdenek Seeman
      7. Duo Dlabal ...
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