William King

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William King
BornWilliam E. King, Jr.
November 19, 1925
DiedMay 12, 2011 (age 85)
Hagerstown, Maryland

William (Bill) King (1925-2011), a magic collector with an astounding collection, was nationally known for his research of magic history. He authored books on magic history and biographies of magicians.


He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians' Ring #94 of Hagerstown (which honored him by naming it the "King Ring") and the Society of American Magicians Assembly. He was also a member of the Magic Circle of London, England.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European theater and was awarded the Bronze Star.

He was a graduate of the University of Maryland and the Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University.

In the 1960s, he had a small business with selling origami dollar bills,opening "The Money Gift Shop" at his Hagerstown Bank.[1]

He was a retired President and CEO of the Hagerstown Trust Company and Mid Atlantic Bancorp and died after a long series of illnesses.[2]


  • Folding Money (with Adolfo Cerceda - 1963)
  • Magic in Selling (1969)
  • The Artistic and Magical Life of Bob Kline (1999)


  1. MAKING MONEY SELLING MONEY, Success Book Volume Two, Frances and Jay Marshall (1974)
  2. http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=244882#Post244882

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