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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.

Coauthors: T. Page Wright, B. W. McCarron

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William W. Larsen & T. Page Wright

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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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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William W. Larsen & T. Page Wright

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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William W. Larsen

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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William W. Larsen & B. W. McCarron

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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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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William W. Larsen & T. Page Wright

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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William W. Larsen & T. Page Wright

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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William W. Larsen

Conjuring for Children by William W. LarsenBill Larsen reveals the inside secrets for performing magic to children in this newly revised ebook.

Aside from the author's sage and practical advice, garnered from hundreds of shows for youngsters, you get twelve entertaining routines using standard equipment you likely already own. Now you, too, can crack this lucrative field and beat out the local competition. Included are tricks using toys, animals, rings, coins, handkerchiefs, silks, etc. Most of the described effects include full patter.

Best of all, this edition has been newly revised and updated with performance suggestions and...

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William W. Larsen

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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William W. Larsen

Genii Volume 01 (Sep 1936 - Aug 1937) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1936 - August 1937
Official Organ for The Pacific Coast Association of Magicians
William W. Larsen, Editor & Publisher

420 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 1, Number 1 - September 1936 - 36 pages
  2. Contents
  3. A Love Poem - T. Page Wright
  4. The Genii Speaks - editorial comments
  5. MAGIC
    1. The Error Aces - T. Page Wright & William Larsen
    2. Nothing New in Parasols - Dale Williams
    3. Felix, The Felicitous Feline - T. Page Wright & William Larsen
    4. The L. W. Stop Mystery - T. Page Wright & William Larsen
    5. McMillen-Wright Rising Cards - T. Page Wright & William W. Larsen
      1. The...
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Genii Volume 02 (Sep 1937 - Aug 1938) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1937 - August 1938
Official Organ for The Pacific Coast Association of Magicians and Official American Organ for The International Alliance of Magicians
William W. Larsen, Editor and Publisher

464 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 2, Number 1 - September 1937 - 32 pages
  2. Cover - Thomas Chew Worthington III
  3. In This Issue - Contents
  4. Thomas Chew Worthington III - biographical notes
  5. Genii Speaks - editorial comments
  6. MAGIC
    1. The Third Eye - William W. Larsen
    2. "Dots" - Frank M. Chapman
    3. The Chinese Bartender - Dale Williams
    4. Indian Prisoner Tie - Fred Kapp
    5. "Tattle-Tale" -...
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Genii Volume 03 (Sep 1938 - Aug 1939) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1938 - August 1939
Official American Organ for The International Alliance of Magicians
William W. Larsen, Editor and Publisher

412 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 3, Number 1 - September 1938 - 40 pages
  2. Cover - Al Robbins
  3. Albert C. Robbins - biographical notes
  4. In This Issue - Contents
  5. My Favorite Tricks - The Editor
    • A Bit Of Clairvoyance
  6. Genii Speaks - editorial comments
  7. Mr. Charles Waller, of Australia Presents The Parcel That Makes Itself
  8. "Old Stuff" - George G. Kaplan
  9. Eddie Clever Presents Measured Thoughts
  10. William Tell Up-To-Date - George Postle
  11. Oscar Weigle,...
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Genii Volume 04 (Sep 1939 - Aug 1940) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1939 - August 1940
Official American Organ for The International Alliance of Magicians
William W. Larsen, Editor and Publisher

403 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 4, Number 1 - September 1939 - 32 pages
  2. Cover - Maldo
  3. Maldo - biographical notes
  4. We Hope You Are Like One of These - testimonials
  5. In This Issue - Contents
  6. Genii Speaks - editorial comments
  7. The Inevitable Rabbit - Jon Kirby
  8. "Vernon's" Spirit Slate Routine - Vernon Cook
  9. Scattered Shots - L.O. Gunn
  10. By Touch Alone - Harlan Tarbell
  11. The Traveling Stamps - Loring Campbell
  12. Handkerchief Restored - Caryl S. FLeming
  13. Noting...
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Genii Volume 05 (Sep 1940 - Aug 1941) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1940 - August 1941
Official American Organ for The International Alliance of Magicians Including S.A.M. and M-U-M pages
Mr. and Mrs. William W. Larsen, Editors

420 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 5, Number 1 - September 1940 - 32 pages
  2. Cover - Bernard A. Giannini
  3. Bernard A. Giannini - biographical notes
  4. We Hope You Are Like One of These - testimonials
  5. Index- Contents
  6. Genii Speaks - editorial comments
  7. Nite Club Magic - Milbourne Christopher and Russell Swann
    • Opening Tricks and Gags
      • A Blare of Trumpets
      • A Pin Please
      • Introducing the Magician
      • The Rising...
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Genii Volume 06 (Sep 1941 - Aug 1942) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1941 - August 1942
Including S.A.M. and M-U-M pages and Magigals
Mr. and Mrs. William W. Larsen, Editors

476 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 6, Number 1 - September 1941 - 40 pages
  2. Cover - Caryl Fleming Memorial Issue
  3. Caryl S. Fleming - biographical notes
  4. Genii Speaks - editorial comments
  5. Any Drink Called For - Caryl S. Fleming version
  6. Success - poem - Harry Opel
  7. I Spell Your Card - Gerald Kosky
  8. Do You Remember When? - Harry Opel
  9. Flower Fantasy - Jack Trepel
  10. The Inverted Cigarette - Dr. Ervin
  11. Just Paragraphs - Herman L. Weber
  12. Wallace Lee - memory feat
  13. The King Can Do No...
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Genii Volume 07 (Sep 1942 - Aug 1943) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1942 - August 1943
Including S.A.M. and M-U-M pages - and Magigals
Mr. & Mrs. William W. Larsen, Editors

432 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 7, Number 1 - September 1942 - 32 pages
  2. Cover - Floyd and Jennie Thayer
  3. Floyd and Jennie Thayer - biographical notes
  4. Genii Speaks - editorial comments
  5. Fame Maker - Harry Mendoza
  6. Caryl Fleming Suggested--
    • Magical Impersonations
    • Comedy Interruption
  7. Tips - On-Tricks - Milbourne Christopher
    • Even Further "Out of This World"
    • No More Gas
    • Zipper Banana
    • Papa Gag
    • Pencil Tip
  8. "Here's Your Stamp" - Frank Herman ...
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Genii Volume 08 (Sep 1943 - Aug 1944) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1943 - August 1944
Including S.A.M. and M-U-M pages - and Magigals
Mr. & Mrs. William W. Larsen, Editors

432 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 8, Number 1 - September 1943 - 36 pages
  2. Cover - Del Monte
  3. Genii Speaks - editorial comments
  4. The King and Queen and a Bet! - Julien Proskauer
  5. Markers - R. M. Jamison
  6. The Relentless Reel - Charles Waller
  7. Two Favorites - Walter the Magicians
    • The Ghost Knots and Flying Silks
    • Cigarette and Fire
  8. You Didn't Notice It? - R. M. Jamison
  9. Del Monte [Charles Reagan] - interview by mail by Geraldine Larsen
  10. Pitcher Pips - "Hen" Fetsch
  11. The Invisible Cocktail...
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Genii Volume 09 (Sep 1944 - Aug 1945) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1944 - August 1945
Including S.A.M. and M-U-M pages - and Magigals
Mr. & Mrs. William W. Larsen, Editors

456 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 9, Number 1 - September 1944 - 40 pages
  2. Cover - Eugene Bernstein
  3. Genii Speaks - editorial comments
  4. Smart Silk - Dr. Raymond Beebe
  5. Encyclopedia Review Delay
  6. M.U.M. National Council - applications
  7. Odd Magical Facts - Frank Fewins
  8. A Super Mystery - poem - Morgan Sherwood
  9. S.A.M. 22 Show Sept. 23
  10. The Enigma Box - Len J. Sewell
  11. Gerrie Says "Thanks"
  12. A Comedy Chain Escape - Jim & Gerald Sedgwick (The Magic Sedgies)
  13. Conjuring for Castaways -...
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Genii Volume 10 (Sep 1945 - Aug 1946) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1945 - August 1946
Including P.C.A.M. News and Magigals - M.U.M. sent as special insert
Mr. & Mrs. William W. Larsen, Editors

416 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 10, Number 1 - September 1945 - 36 pages
  2. Cover - McDonald Birch
  3. Index
  4. Genii Speaks - editorial comments
  5. Rising Selected Cards from Cases - Jan Grippo
  6. Did You Know That - Maury Kains
  7. Gravatt's Simplex Penetration - Glenn G. Gravatt
  8. Easy Openers - Jack McMillen
  9. The Test of the Seven - Walter Price
  10. Two Selected Cards on Two Selected Carrots - Loring Campbell
  11. Did You Know That - Maury Kains
  12. Cigarettes...! - Irvin Turvey ...
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