Larry Shean

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Larry Shean
Born1908
Sicily, Italy
DiedMarch 8, 1994
Long Island, New York,

Larry Shean was a photographer, tap dancer and magician.

Shean was brought to the United States when seven and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Before he became interested in magic, he learned how to tap dance on the street corners of Brooklyn and soon became a professional tap dancer, dancing in vaudeville.

He first got interested in magic at the age of 23 through a school friend whose father had a magic supply shop. His magic career spanned over 60 years. Along with his magic partner and wife of 29 years, Georgia Kondos, Larry did hundreds of children's parties.

Shean worked at Hornmann Magic Shop in New York City for Al Flosso for over 30 years, where he sold and demonstrated magic.

Shean, along with his wife, Georgia, also operated a magic shop where many young magicians like Robert Torkova and illusionist Mark Schussmann were taught.

He worked at a State Hospital in Queens Village, New York, for over 20 years, where he photographed and fingerprinted patients for hospital records. He also took wedding pictures and was the official photographer for a number of magic organizations. Many of Larry's photos appeared in GENII and other magic magazines.[1]

He was a member of the I.B.M. (No. 5265) starting in 1951 and a became member of the S.A.M. Parent Assembly No. 1 in 1960. He was one of the founders and twice past president of the Long Island Mystics, Assembly No. 77. He was a lifetime member of the Magicians Guild of America and served as president in 1963. [2]


Shean was a collector of magic and books on Hollywood stars, and old movies. [3]

A 1958 photo of him can be see at the Conjuring Arts' "The Many Faces of Magic" exhibit.[4]

References

  1. "SPOTLIGHT ON" Larry Shean, Genii 1961 September
  2. Broken Wand, MUM, November 1994
  3. Broken Wand, Linking Ring, June 1994
  4. http://conjuringarts.org/exhibitions/the-many-faces-of-magic/larry-shean/


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