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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 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 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
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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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
      • Nicola Spike Cabinet ...
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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 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 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 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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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 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 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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