Max Hapner

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Max Hapner
DiedMay 10, 2011

Max Hapner was a semi-professional magician specializing at school assemblies with assistant-wife Salli. Their pet effect was the Basket Trick.

Max Hapner became interested in magic when he was 10 years old in Caldwell, Kansas while watching school magician George Staples.

Max majored in Physical Education at Friend's University in Wichita, Kansas while working selling magic at Lloyd Chamber's Magic Shop in Wichita.

While serving in the Air Force he was stationed in Las Vegas. <ater he moved back to Kansas and worked for the Army as a sports director at Fort Leavenworth. This is where he met a young lady named Salli who was majoring in Art at the University of Kansas. Before long they were doing magic together with Salli doing most of the magic in their first show. They were married two years later.

When the University of Minnesota needed a replacement act for a school assembly show tour, the Hapners took the position,. It started a series of eight years working assemblies all over the United States.

In 1961,Max and Salli moved to Colorado and performed seasonally at Santa's Workshop, an amusement park at North Pole, Colorado. Max eventually accepted the position of Personnel Manager at the North Pole while still doing the shows. The Hapners enjoyed 11 years association with Santa's Workshop.

Over the years they performed for magicians at conventions in St. Louis in 1963 and 1971; Frances Marshall's anniversary show in Chicago in 1971; the Maimi IBM-SAM Convention in 1973; and in October 1972 at Milt Larsen's "It's Magic!" in Hollywood.[1]

They retired on October 9, 2005[2] [3]


  1. Genii 1973 October (cover)
  2. Linking Ring, December 2006, page 162

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