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Red Henning

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Red Henning

Cover of Genii (1966)
BornJames E. Henning
September 26, 1914
Bellflower, California
DiedJanuary 9, 1972 (age 57)
Santa Rosa, California

James "Red" Henning (c.1914-1927), a real estate salesman, was one of the founders of S.A.M. Assembly 70, and served as president of the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians.


Henning bought his first magic equipment from Bill Larsen Sr. in 1940 who also mentored him.[1]

He had also served the S.A.M. as Regional Vice President, and you will find him pictured on the cover, and written up in [2][3]

He converted a hen house to a meeting room with a stage. Known as the "Hen House", Henning would invite laymen to attend, providing the performing club magicians to work at a level higher than at standard magic club meetings.[4]


  1. Cover, Genii 1966 June
  2. M-U-M, January 1971 (cover)
  3. Broken Wand, MUM, April 1972
  4. Pete Biro's magic : Give a magician enough rope No 2 by Pete Biro (2009)