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Richard Gustafson

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Richard Gustafson

Cover of Genii (1974)
BornRichard L. Gustafson
January 20, 1931
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Richard Gustafson (b.1931), a doctor of Chemistry, performed an illusion act with he wife Joanne as The Gustafsons and served as President of the Society of American Magicians in 1973.


He decided to learn magic after seeing a performance of Dante at the Worcester, Massachusetts' Plymouth Theatre in 1942. Specializing in sleight-of-hand, he played club and nite club dates in Massachusetts for five years before entering military service. During his training at Camp Pickett, Virginia he performed for 16 consecutive weeks in "SHOWTIME," an all-soldier show.[1]

He graduated from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts with a PhD in Chemistry. Then was employed as a chemist at the Army Research Laboratory, Fort Knox, Kentucky.

He was the editor of MUM in the 1960s and served as President of the Society of American Magicians (1973-74). [2][3]

He is a member of the Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame.


  1. Louisville Parade, Linking Ring, April 1954
  2. Magician of the Month, MUM, January 1967 (cover)
  3. Cover, Genii 1974 January