John Daniel

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John Daniel

Cover of Genii (May 1954)
BornJohn Alden Daniel
December 23, 1930
Pasadena, California

John Daniel (1930-2011), aka John Daniels, toured with school assembly shows and the southwestern states with a midnight spook show, "Dr. Doom's Dungeon of Death," and "Daniel's Magic Circus."


His hobby was antique magic collecting.[1]

In 1952 he opened "Daniel's Magic Den" in Pasadena and put out several items under the "Trickmasters" label.

From 1953 to 1955, he served in the Artillery and was over-seas for 18 months. He did do a few shows, and while doing one in Berlin, he met Irene Stolz (the future Irene Larsen). He eventually brought her back to the United States in 1957 and they were married.[2]

He joined forces with Carl Owen in 1958 and eventually purchased Owen Magic in 1960.[3]

After divorcing Irene, he married Catherine Cynthia Birch (Miss Virginia 1960, Miss America 1961 contestant) who had become his magician's assistant.

His son Dante Larsen was an editor of Genii magazine (after Bill Larsen became ill).[4]



  1. Cover, Genii 1954 May
  2. Magician of the Month, MUM, NOVEMBER, 1960
  3. Keeping the Hearth Warm, Genii 1989 August
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