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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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Genii Volume 34 (Sep 1969 - Aug 1970) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1969 - August 1970
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Editor

548 pages (1 double page)

  1. Genii - Volume 34, Number 1 - September 1969 - 56 pages
  2. Cover - Tenko, Tenkai, Tenyo, Shimada & Kato
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. To All American Magicians - Akira Yamada
  5. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  6. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  7. Reverse Push-Off Count - Tenkai
  8. Where Has It Gone? - Hideo Kato
  9. Through Solid - Hideo Kato
  10. Four Aces & Four Aces - Masatoshi Furota
  11. Tokkuri And Rope - Yasunaga Matsuura
  12. Card Lapping - Takeshi Nemoto
  13. Thought Control - Takeshi Nemoto
  14. Four Jacks - Takeshi...
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Genii Volume 33 (Sep 1968 - Aug 1969) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1968 - August 1969
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher & Editor - Geraldine Larsen Baker, Advisory Editor

520 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 33, Number 1 - September 1968 - 48 pages
  2. Cover - Willard The Wizard
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. The Vernon Touch - Dai Vernon
  6. Kofosilk - Pavel
  7. Stapled Balloon - Fred Ball
  8. Hip Drip Pip Envanishment - Hurston
  9. Impaled Jumping Colors or Match-Box Color Trans-Po - Matt Sholouski
  10. Willard The Wizard - Special Issue - Bev Bergeron, editor
    1. In Appreciation - Bev Bergeron
    2. Beans, Cones, and Lemon - Bev Bergeron
    3. An...
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Genii Volume 32 (Sep 1967 - Aug 1968) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1967 - August 1968
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher and Editor - Geraldine Larsen Baker, Advisory Editor

576 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 32, Number 1 - September 1967 - 48 pages
  2. Cover - Slydini
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. Our Cover - Slydini - by Blanca Lopez
  5. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  6. Jacob's Escalator - Harry G. Franke
  7. With Tricks You Own - Howard A. Adams
    • Wabbit Woutine
    • The Birthday Candle
  8. Magicana - A Magazine Within A Magazine - William Reed Woodfield and Charles Miller, editors
    1. A Streamlined Version of Alexander Herrmann's Serpentine Handkerchief - Charles...
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Genii Volume 31 (Sep 1966 - Aug 1967) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1966 - August 1967
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher & Editor - Geraldine Larsen Baker, Advisory Editor

548 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 31, Number 1 - September 1966 - 48 pages
  2. Cover - Dai Vernon
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. Art Baker - obituary - WWL (Jr)
  5. The Genii Speaks - (Jr)
  6. Spectator On A Tear - Edward Marlo
  7. Gems from the Loyd's Scrap-Book
    • Jardin Ellis Prediction
  8. Vanishing Music Box - Graham Reed
  9. Armed Forces Magician's Assn.
  10. Hollywood Magic Has New Catalog
  11. Magicana - A Magazine Within A Magazine - William Reed Woodfield & Charles Miller, editors
    1. The Velcro...
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Genii Volume 30 (Sep 1965 - Aug 1966) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1965 - August 1966
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher & Editor - Geraldine Larsen Baker, Advisory Editor

528 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 30, Number 1 - September 1965 - 48 pages
  2. Cover - Harry Blackstone Special Issue
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - Bill Larsen
  5. An Affectionate Salute to Harry Blackstone - Robert Lund, compiler
    1. Harry Blackstone's 'Autobiography' - Robert Parrish
    2. Blackstone Protege Relates Adventures as Youth and Adult - Bill Chaudet
    3. 'Rag" Took Life in Blackstone's Hands - John Mulholland
    4. Blackstone's Last Appearance in N.Y. - Arthur Leroy ...
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Genii Volume 29 (Sep 1964 - Aug 1965) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1964 - August 1965
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher & Editor - Geraldine Larsen Baker, Advisory Editor

639 pages (1 double page)

  1. Genii - Volume 29, Number 1 - September 1964 - 48 pages
  2. Cover - Anverni
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. Our Cover - Anverdi - by George L. Boston
  5. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  6. An Eye For A Cherry - Bruno
  7. Linking Rope Climax - Delmini
  8. Money To Burn - John Giordmaine
  9. Gems from the Loyd's Scrap-Book
    • The Twin Stab
  10. The Odd Change Purse - John Giordmaine
  11. Index to Genii Volume 28
  12. The Virgil World Tour - Irving Desfor
    • Part Seven - Europe ...
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Genii Volume 28 (Sep 1963 - Aug 1964) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1963 - August 1964
William Larsen, Jr., Publisher & Editor - Geraldine Larsen Baker, Advisory Editor

483 pages (1 double page)

  1. Genii - Volume 28, Number 1 & 2 - September-October 1963 - 48 pages
  2. Cover - Richard Himber Conducting The String Section Of His 22-Piece Pepsi Cola Orchestra
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. Magic From Manhattan - J. Benzais
    1. The J.B. Kard Kop - J. Benzais
    2. The J.B. False Cut - J. Benzais
    3. The Egg And The Bag - Gerald Deutsch
    4. Ring-O-Leveo - Dr. Ben B. Braude
    5. Dinner Roll Fantasy - Ken Krenzel
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Genii Volume 27 (Sep 1962 - Aug 1963) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1962 - August 1963
William Larsen, Jr., Editor & Geraldine Larsen-Baker, Publisher

540 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 27, Number 1 - September 1962 - 44 pages
  2. Cover - Reveen
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. Streamlined Silks - Dick Zimmerman
  6. Name Calling Rabbit - Joseph M. White
  7. Wishful Thinking - Eddie Joseph
  8. Nuwords For Wonda - Howard A. Adams & Bob Wagner
  9. Small Town Talk - Walt Rollins
    • A Mid-Summer Night's Scream
  10. Essentials of Showmanship With Magic - Dr. Eugene Gloye
    • Part V - Emphasis
  11. Our Cover - Reveen - by Arnold Furst
  12. Gems...
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Genii Volume 26 (Sep 1961 - Aug 1962) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1961 - August 1962
William Larsen, Jr., Editor & Geraldine Larsen-Baker, Publisher

495 pages (1 double page)

  1. Genii - Volume 26, Number 1 - September 1961 - 44 pages
  2. Cover - Milbourne Christopher
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  5. Charlie Miller's Ring On Stick Routine - Frank Csuri
  6. Smoke and Silks - Eddie Joseph
  7. Patter from Dell O'Dell
    • Shirt Off Back
    • Paper Hat And Paper Pants - Old Maid Story
    • Dell's Donald Duck Trick
  8. Witch Doctor's Necklace - Glenn Gravatt
  9. Bagdad - News From All Over the World - WWL (Jr.)
  10. News From England - Wilfred...
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Genii Volume 25 (Sep 1960 - Aug 1961) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1960 - August 1961
William Larsen, Jr., Editor & Geraldine Larsen-Baker, Publisher

522 pages (6 double pages)

  1. Genii - Volume 25, Number 1 - September 1960 - 104 pages {2 pages missing; back covers?
  2. Cover - Silver Anniversary Issue
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. Dedication to William W Larsen, Sr. with photo
  5. Gerrie Speaks - Gerrie Larsen-Baker
  6. The Genii Speaks - WWL, Jr
  7. The Genii Speaks - reprint from Vol. 1, No. 1 - William W. Larsen, Sr.
  8. On With The Show - reprint from Vol. 17, No. 11 - the last editorial from William. W. Larsen, Sr.
  9. The 1-2-3-4 Elevator Cards - Frank Garcia ...
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Genii Volume 24 (Sep 1959 - Aug 1960) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1959 - August 1960
Geraldine Larsen, William Larsen, Jr. & Milton Page Larsen, Editors

426 pages (6 double pages)

  1. Genii - Volume 24, Number 1 - September 1959 - 36 pages
  2. Cover - Chop Chop and Ted Lewis
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. Obituaries
    • Jean Hugard - by Milbourne Christopher
    • Karl Germain - by Stuart Cramer
  5. The Genii Speaks - WWL Jr.
  6. Psycho Vision - Glenn Gravatt
  7. Slightly Fantastic - Dick Zimmerman
  8. The Card Between - Glenn Gravatt
  9. Humpty Dumpty - Joe White
  10. The Fez Looks Familiar - Joe White
  11. Spectator And The Aces - William Miesel
  12. Maximus - Simon Aronson ...
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Genii Volume 23 (Sep 1958 - Aug 1959) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1958 - August 1959
Geraldine Larsen-Baker, Publisher 7 William Larsen, Jr. & Milton Page Larsen, Dorothy Larsen Editors

446 pages (6 double pages)

  1. Genii - Volume 23, Number 1 - September 1958 - 40 pages
  2. Cover - Larry Weeks
  3. Letters
  4. In This Issue - contents
  5. Our Cover - Meet Larry Weeks
  6. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
  7. Holy's Miracle - Holly F. Schramm
  8. Noisy Comedy Cabinet - Johnny Geddes
  9. The Linking Rings (For Bewildered Beginners) - Glenn Gravatt
  10. Richard Himber Writes AN Open Letter To U. F. Grant [re: spike thru balloon]
  11. Knee-Deep In Handcuffs - Larry Weeks
  12. Ring And Rope - Glenn Gravatt
  13. Pictures...
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Genii Volume 22 (Sep 1957 - Aug 1958) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1957 - August 1958
William Larsen, Jr., Geraldine Larsen-Baker, Milton Page Larsen, Dorothy Larsen Editors

461 pages (3 double pages) and 2 duplicated page numbers

  1. Genii - Volume 22, Number 1 - September 1957 - 40 pages
  2. Cover - Mr. and Mrs. Art dvthesource
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. Letters
  5. Magic Diaper Dialogue - humor - Jack Lloyd
  6. The Genii Speaks - W.W.L. (Jr)
    • Geraldine Larsen marries Art Baker
    • No Riddle to Bagley-Biddle
    • Larsen-Mulholland Code
  7. Ken Allen's Egg in Paper Plus Contest Winner
    • Lolli-Pop - John Hamilton
    • Salt of the Sea - John Hamilton ...
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Genii Volume 21 (Sep 1956 - Aug 1957) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1956 - August 1957
Geraldine Larsen, William Larsen, Jr. & Milton Page Larsen, Editors

468 pages (4 double pages)

  1. Genii - Volume 21, Number 1 - September 1956 - 40 pages
  2. Cover - Fu Manchu
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. Next Month
  5. Laffs in Magic - cartoon - Jack Holland
  6. As We Go To Press - WWL(Jr.)
  7. The Genii Speaks - WWL (Jr)
    • I.B.M. to Houston
    • New Contest
  8. Coin Thru - Larry Becker
  9. A Good Opening - Senor Rai
  10. Magical Ideas - Judge Charles W. Fricke
    • The Fugitive Card
    • A Prediction Idea
    • Magical Ideas
  11. Gravatt's Multiple Match - Glenn Gravatt
  12. Wunn-Cutt...
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Genii Volume 20 (Sep 1955 - Aug 1956) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1955 - August 1956
Geraldine Larsen, William Larsen, Jr. & Milton Page Larsen, Editors

491 pages (5 double pages) (page numbering off by 2 in No. 7)

  1. Genii - Volume 20, Number 1 - September 1955 - 72 pages
  2. Cover - 20th Anniversary
  3. In This Issue - contents
  4. Letters
  5. William W. Larsen, Sr. - photo
  6. Dedication
  7. The Genii Speaks
  8. Ideas of Idle Moments - Lu Brent
    • Ball Looney
    • The Great Klepto
  9. The Cat's Meow - Gerald Kosky
  10. Flower Magic - Frank Lezama
    • Flowers
    • Color Changing Rose
    • Another Color Change
    • A Bouquet of Flowers that Change Color
  11. Volta's...
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Genii Volume 19 (Sep 1954 - Aug 1955) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1954 - August 1955
Geraldine Larsen, William Larsen, Jr. & Milton Page Larsen, Editors

425 pages (11 double pages)

  1. Genii - Volume 19, Number 1 - September 1954 - 36 pages
  2. Cover - Thurston's Mysteries of India
  3. Dealer's Directory
  4. On with the Show - Gerrie Larsen
  5. The Elevator Aces - Kirk Kirkham & Lynn Searles
  6. Speed-O-Print - Richard L. Piser
  7. Ring-O - Larry Becker
  8. Behind the Back - Royal Brin, Jr.
  9. Mystery Circus - Verne Chesbro
    • The Vampire Block
  10. Rabbit in Hat Cut-Out - Keith Lingly
  11. The Trickeries of Bill Larsen - F. Michael Shields
    • The Comedy of the...
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Genii Volume 18 (Sep 1953 - Aug 1954) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1953 - August 1954
Geraldine Larsen, William Larsen, Jr. & Milton Page Larsen, Editors

471 pages (5 double pages)

  1. Genii - Volume 18, Number 1 - September 1953 - 40 pages
  2. Cover - Mello, The Magical Clown
  3. Dealer's Directory
  4. On with the Show - Bill Larsen, Jr.
  5. The Search for the Perfect Egg (Second Edition) - Charles Waller
  6. Relation of English Money to American - Goodliffe
  7. The Serpent Of Cyclops - Robert L. Henderson
  8. The Jumping Signature - Glenn Gravatt
  9. Ideas of Idle Moments - Lu Brent
    • The Coin and Currency Pail
    • Currency Climax
  10. Spooks 'N' Spoofers - Eugene...
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Genii Volume 17 (Sep 1952 - Aug 1953) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1952 - August 1953
Mr. & Mrs. William W. Larsen & Milton Page Larsen, Editors

507 pages (9 double pages)

  1. Genii - Volume 17, Number 1 - September 1952 - 44 pages
  2. Cover - The Merv Taylor Company
  3. Dealer's Directory
  4. On With the Show - editorial - Bill Larsen
  5. The Editors Problem
    • By Gerald Kosky
  6. Easy Does It - H. Fernandes
  7. A Novel Coin Bag - Lu Brent
  8. The Magical Traveler - Alan Wakeling
    • Scotland
  9. The Alcoholic Animal - Johnny Geddes
  10. The Artful Dodges of William W. Larsen
  11. Your New Act From Genii - Ray Muse
    • Pocket Close-Up Act (No Cards)
    • Impromptu...
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Genii Volume 16 (Sep 1951 - Aug 1952) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1951 - August 1952
Mr. & Mrs. William W. Larsen, Editors

488 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 16, Number 1 - September 1951 - 40 pages
  2. Cover - Wayne Shumway
  3. letter from the editor - Bill Larsen
  4. Tell Ya Wot I'd Like To Do - Contest with Prizes - Frank Herman
    • The Imperishable Parasol
    • The Expanding Parasol
    • Card on the Parasol
    • Card in the Shoe
  5. A Dumbfounding Divination - Tan Hock Chuan
    • Trickie - Morton Elliott
  6. Multiplying Color Changer - Without Gimmicks - Clarence Peterson
  7. Mechanical Jumbo Card - H. Fernandez
  8. The Vanishing Ice Cream Cone - Jesse Langston,...
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Genii Volume 15 (Sep 1950 - Aug 1951) by William W. LarsenSeptember 1950 - August 1951
Mr. & Mrs. William W. Larsen, Editors

512 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 15, Number 1 - September 1950 - 44 pages
  2. Cover - Billy Bishop an' Ann
  3. Guys and Gimmicks - William W. Larsen
  4. Miracle Card Vanish - W. B. Scott
  5. The Enchanted Tumbler - Marvin Roy
  6. Afghan Bands - Tommy Thompson
  7. The Sucker Newspaper Tear - Eddie Joseph
  8. Watch for Next Month's Genii
  9. Rusduck Readers - Rusduck
  10. Thimble Cane - Richard Piser
  11. Spirit Board - New Use for Rapping Hand Board - Bud Spraker
  12. New Lamps for Old - William Larsen
  13. The Phantom Rod - George Kier
  14. The Firecracker Girl - An Illusion...
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