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Tom Dethlefsen

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Tom Dethlefsen
BornThomas A. Dethlefsen
October 20, 1892
San Francisco, California
DiedDecember 8, 1965 (age 73)
Golden Gate National Cemetery

Tom Dethlefsen (1892-1965) was the owner of the Golden Gate Magic Company in San Francisco.[1] He also performed and marketed several items as "Dave Lovsen".[2]


He started out as a newspaper man and worked actively for twenty years on the Call-Bulletin in San Francisco.

Dethlefsen became a semi-professional magician in 1929 and shortly before Pearl Harbor he entered the business of selling magical equipment as a side-line.

He served Secretary to the S.A.M. Assembly No. 2 for many years and was a member of the I.B.M. (member no. 7903), Oakland Magic Circle and San Jose Mystic 27. He organized the I.B.M. San Francisco Ring No. 38.[3]

He retired after a severe coronary in the late 1960s[4], although he retained his membership in the Magic Dealers Association. [5] He was also a founding member of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians of Northern California, which later became the national Fellowship of Christian Magicians.


  2. Genii 1954 January
  3. Cover, Genii 1949 August
  4. Genii 1965 November
  5. Broken Wand, Linking Ring, January 1966