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Michael F. Zens

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Michael F. Zens

Cover of Genii (1944)
BornMichael Frank Zens
February 24, 1877
Kenosha, Wisconsin
DiedJuly 10, 1952 (age 75)
Resting placeSaint George Cemetery, Kenosha, Wisconsin
CategoriesBooks by Michael F. Zens

Michael F. Zens (1877-1952), an Assistant Postmaster, was a founding member of the Houdini Club of Wisconsin.


He was inspired at the age of 8 after seeing Alexander Herrmann's show and learned magic from magic instructions printed inside Adams Blackjack gum wrappers. He joined the IBM in 1936.

Together with the John Snyder, Jr. and Judge Frank Carter, they founded the Houdini Club of Wisconsin.[1]

Zens contributed effects to many books and magazines and was creator of the "Zens Cards and Envelopes", "Zens' Card Miracle" and "Zens Cards".[2]

In later years he lived in California and Florida.[3]

He died just a few days after attending the I.B.M. Convention in St. Louis at the age of 75.[4]

Marketed Tricks

  • Quadruple Poker Trick (1931)




  1. Cover Genii 1944 June
  2. Linking Ring, January 1952, page 115.
  3. magicinwisconsin
  4. Broken Wand, Linking Ring, August 1952