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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

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
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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
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Genii Volume 50 (Jul 1986 - Jun 1987) by William W. LarsenJuly 1986 - June 1987
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Editor

900 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 50, Number 1 - July 1986 - 116 pages
  2. Cover - Fiftieth Anniversary Issue
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  6. Fifty Years With Genii - Gerrie Larsen Baker Jaffe
  7. How Can Anyone 58 Years Old Remember 50 Years of Genii? - William Walter Larsen, Jr.
  8. Reprint of Genii, Issue 1, September 1936 [36 pages]
    1. A Love Poem - T. Page Wright
    2. The Genii Speaks
    3. The Error Aces - T. Page Wright & William W. Larsen
    4. Nothing New in Parasols - Dale Williams
    5. Felix,...
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Genii Volume 49 (Jul 1985 - Jun 1986) by William W. LarsenJuly 1985 - June 1986
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Editor

844 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 49, Number 1 - July 1985 - 64 pages
  2. Cover - Dan Fleshman
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  6. The Magic of Dan Fleshman
    1. Dan Fleshman - by Gene DeVoe
    2. Reverse Matrix - Dan Fleshman
    3. A Twist On An Ending - Dan Fleshman
    4. Coins to the Purse - Dan Fleshman
    5. PDQ Aces In Case the Aces Leave - Dan Fleshman
    6. Back and Forth Sandwich - Dan Fleshman
    7. Two Card Switch - Dan Fleshman
  7. Remember, Be Kind To Your Animals - WWL (Jr)
  8. The Johnny...
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Genii Volume 48 (Jan 1984 - Jun 1985) by William W. LarsenJanuary 1984 - June 1985
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Executive Editor

918 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 48, Number 1 - January 1984 - 78 pages
  2. Cover - Le Grand David Spectacular Magic Company
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  6. Illusion Plans - Paul Osborne and Associates
    • Dena - The Exibitron
  7. OICUFESP - Genii Edition 23 - Howard Adams
    • Notion's Eleven
  8. Dialogue With The Past - Robert Murphy
    • Part 1
  9. Eight Years of Sundays - Robert Lund
  10. The Original Current Program of Marco the Magi's Production of "Le...
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Genii Volume 47 (1983) by William W. LarsenJanuary 1983 - December 1983
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Editor

888 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 47, Number 1 - January 1983 - 84 pages
  2. Cover - Roy, Lynette and Siegfried
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. Siegfried and Roy
    1. The Lady Behind The Magic ... Lynette Chappell - Mary Anderson
    2. Program - Siegfried & Roy in "Beyond Belief"
    3. Program - Siegfried & Roy "Superstars of Magic"
    4. Program - Siegfried & Roy in "Beyond Belief" at the Frontier
  6. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  7. Darwin's Card to Coin Change - Gary Darwin
  8. Darwin's Cage Change - Gary Darwin ...
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Genii Volume 46 (1982) by William W. LarsenJanuary 1982 - December 1982
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and editor

864 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 46, Number 1 - January 1982 - 68 pages
  2. Cover - Congratulations Doug and Deborah Henning
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  6. Doug Henning Weds Deborah Douillard - Ceremony Inaugurates Levitation Clearspan Dome at MIU
  7. Illusion Plans - Paul Osborne and Associates
    • Haberdash-Her
  8. OICUFESP - Genii Edition 7 - Howard Adams
    • Killerkards
  9. Cartoon - Paul Butler
  10. The Sillery Slice - Gary Ouellet
  11. Give and Mistake - Phil Goldstein ...
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Genii Volume 45 (1981) by William W. LarsenJanuary 1981 - December 1981
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Executive Editor

836 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 45, Number 1 - January 1981 - 72 pages
  2. Cover - Superstars of Magic - Siegfried & Roy
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  6. Siegfried and Roy - Superstars of Magic
    1. Their Lives
    2. Their Home
    3. Their TV Special
  7. Illusion Plans - Paul Osborne and Associates
    • She's Come Undone
  8. Professor Hockmann's Illusion Tips - Paul Butler
    • ASRAH
  9. Magicana - A Magazine Within A Magazine - Charlie Miller & William Reede...
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Genii Volume 44 (1980) by William W. LarsenJanuary 1980 - December 1980
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Executive Editor
Bill and Irene Larsen - Editors

888 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 44, Number 1 - January 1980 - 64 pages
  2. Cover - Erhard Liebnow - A Special Magic Section
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  6. Milt Larsen's 26th Edition of "It's Magic!" - Bill Larsen
  7. Illusion Plans - James P. Riser
    • Well I'll Be
  8. Erhard Liebnow - Spcial Magic Section
    1. Erhard Liebnow - by Margaret
    2. The Red Cop Miracle - Erhard Liebnow
    3. Spring Spread Aces - Erhard Liebnow
    4. Color...
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William W. Larsen

Genii Volume 43 (1979) by William W. LarsenJanuary 1979 - December 1979
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Executive Editor

892 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 43, Number 1 - January 1979 - 80 pages
  2. Cover - Robert Harbin - A Memorial Issue
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  6. Robert Harbin - A Special Memorial Issue Prepared by Eric Lewis
    1. Robert Harbin - As I Knew Him - Eric Lewis
    2. The Card In Whisky Bottle - Robert Harbin
    3. My Friend Robert Harbin - Christopher Woodward (Jersey)
    4. Ned Williams - Robert Harbin
    5. A Re-examination of The Robert Harbin Magicassette - Craige M....
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Genii Volume 42 (1978) by William W. LarsenJanuary 1978 - December 1978
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Executive Editor

796 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 42, Number 1 - January 1978 - 64 pages
  2. Cover - Robert Harbin
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  6. Cups and Clowns - Henrique
  7. Mickey's Magical Workshop - Mickey O'Malley
    • Keys 'N' Koins
  8. Quiccolo - Achim Haekel
  9. E.SP. Cube - Glenn Gravatt
  10. Two Card Location - Rouvan
  11. Wordo, Expanded - Glenn Gravatt
  12. Coin Bender - Wm. S. Birdsall
  13. Puzzled Forecast - Lovall Buchanan
  14. Magicana - A Magazine Within A Magazine - Charles Miller,...
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Genii Volume 41 (1977) by William W. LarsenJanuary 1977 - December 1977
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Executive Editor

788 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 41, Number 1 - January 1977 - 60 pages
  2. Cover - Japan's Sawa
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  6. Our Cover - Dr. Hiroshi Sawa - Bill & Irene Larsen
  7. Sawa's Slot Machine
  8. Sawa's "Gary Ueller"
  9. Sawa's Lady Bug Trick
  10. Magicana - A Magazine Within A Magazine - Charles Miller, editor
    1. Wash Off - Earl Nelson
    2. Intermission - Elizabeth Wilson
  11. cartoon
  12. Bagdad - News From All Over the World
  13. 25 Years Ago In Genii - Gerrie Larsen...
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Genii Volume 40 (1976) by William W. LarsenJanuary 1976 - December 1976
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Editor

820 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 40, Number 1 - January 1976 - 64 pages
  2. Cover - Gerald Taylor Issue
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  6. Gerald Taylor Issue - photo
    1. An Introduction to Gerald Taylor - Roy E. Short
    2. About This Issue - Gerald Taylor
    3. Sugar and Sand Climax - Gerald Taylor
    4. Transmogrification Plus - Gerald Taylor
    5. photos of Gerald Taylor
    6. Extracts From The Programme - Gerald Taylor
      • Trunk Substitution
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Genii Volume 39 (1975) by William W. LarsenJanuary 1975 - December 1975
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Editor

684 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 39, Number 1 - January 1975 (published in March) - 48 pages
  2. Cover - Glenn Falkenstein
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  6. One-Armed Rice Bowl Finale - Roy Fromer
  7. Mickey's Magical Workshop - Mickey O'Malley
    • Genii-Jug
  8. Cane Balancing With Dove - Gene Elmo
  9. Magical Thoughts - Louis Phillips
    • I. Chinese Fortune Cookies
    • II. Bibliographic Reference
    • III. Proof That 2 Equals 1
    • IV. The King of Hearts
  10. The Next Card...
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Genii Volume 38 (1974) by William W. LarsenJanuary 1974 - December 1974
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Editor

548 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 38, Number 1 - January 1974 (published in May) - 44 pages
  2. Cover - The Gustafsons
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  6. Riot Rope - Steve Duscheck
  7. un-CAN-ny Coin Vanish
  8. cartoon - Paul Butler
  9. New Hope For Fish Fanciers - Fred Scott Donaldson
  10. A Barehanded Spongeball Production - Michael F. Short
  11. Card Revelations Revealed - Jack Barstow
  12. It's Only My Opinion But - Clarke "The Senator" Crandall
  13. Magicana - A Magazine Within A Magazine - Charles...
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Genii Volume 37 (1973) by William W. LarsenJanuary 1973 - December 1973
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Editor

536 pages (4 page numbers are used twice and 4 pages numbers skipped around Number 11 and corrected in Number 12)

  1. Genii - Volume 37, Number 1 - January 1973 - 48 pages
  2. Cover - Gerald Kosky - A Special Issue
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. Obituaries
    • Bruce Elliott
    • Peggy Gwynne Cole
    • Everette Lyda
  6. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  7. Our Cover - Gerald Kosky - WWL (Jr)
  8. Sholim Ali Kim - Gerald Kosky
  9. Constant Zodiac - Gerald Kosky
  10. It's Only My Opinion But - Clarke "The...
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Genii Volume 36 (Sep 1971 - Dec 1972) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1971 - December 1972
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher & Editor

568 pages

No Issues from November 1971 through February 1972

  1. Genii - Volume 36, Number 1 - September 1971 - 60 pages
  2. Cover - Christmas Cover
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  6. cartoon - Phil Bauer
  7. The Ghost of Houdini - Eddie Joseph
  8. Calling Card E.S.P. - Jim Munden
  9. It's All The Same To Me - Ed Eckl
  10. "Tom" Fitzgerald's Coffee Stick Trick
  11. Coin In The Deck - Ira Smoloawitz
  12. Magician's Wash - Greg Conner
  13. Correction - July issue - Parlor Hofzinser article
  14. Magicana...
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Genii Volume 35 (Sep 1970 - Aug 1971) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1970 - August 1971
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Editor

596 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 35, Number 1 - September 1970 - 52 pages
  2. Cover - The New Houdinys
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. pictures of Sorcar
  5. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  6. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  7. Scratch One Card - David Ginn
  8. Calendars - 1776 to 2000
  9. Contest Winner - Cypher Surprise - David Ray
  10. Sucker Purse - Roy Johnson
  11. The Silk Finding Rod - Glenn Gravatt
  12. Magicana - A Magazine Within A Magazine - Charles Miller, editor
    1. A Taste Of Money - Gene Shelley
    2. Intermission - Charles Miller
  13. Index to...
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