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Snag Werris

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Snag Werris

Cover of Genii with Jerry Lewis (1959)
BornSihlvie Borislawski
November 19, 1910
DiedFebruary 27, 1987 (age 76)
Los Angeles, California

Snag Werris (1910-1987) was an amateur magician and comedy writer for Ed Wynn, Jackie Gleason, Red Skelton, and the TV show "All In The Family."[1][2] Snag Werris legal name (in the US) was Samuel Edward Werris.


He began as a comedian in burlesque and later was a mentor to Milt Larsen as a comedy writer out of high school.[3] He served on the Magic Castle Board of Directors and was also a friend of Dai Vernon who called him 'Gans' (Snag backwards).[4]

Werris was the magic technical director of Jerry Lewis' show "Geisha Boy".[5][6]


  1. Genii Magazine, Vol. 50, No. 8, February 1987, Obituaries, Snag Werris, page 587
  2. The Linking Ring, Vol. 67, No. 7, July 1987, BROKEN WAND, SNAG E. WERRIS, page 98
  3. It's Magic, Thirty Years of Magical Tradition by Milt Larsen, Genii 1994 November
  4. Snag Werris question on Magic Cafe
  5. Cover, Genii Magazine, Vol. 23, No. 5, January 1959, Gimmicks, Gags, “GEISHA BOY” by Snag Werris, page 182
  6. IMDB bio
  • M-U-M, Vol. 67, No. 5, October 1977, Snag Werris magician-of-the-month by John Sweers, page 10