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Robert E. Olson

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Robert E. Olson
BornRobert Eugene Olson
August 31, 1927
St. Paul, Minnesota
DiedMay 12, 2013 (age 85)
Monona, Wisconsin
CategoriesBooks by Robert E. Olson

Rev. Robert E. Olson (1927-2013), an American magician, collector, author, builder and illustrator, specialized in gospel magic.[1][2][3] He is noted for his biographies of famous magicians.


Rev. Robert E. Olson was a Howard Thurston historian.[4] His articles on Thurston ran for ten years in Tops Magazine each contains a short (usually two-page) portion of the Thurston article series, which was later published as the book The World's Greatest Magician - A Tribute To Howard Thurston (1981).

His articles appeared in numerous magazines and he appeared on the cover of many.



  1. The NEW TOPS, Vol. 15 No. 12 December 1975, COVER PORTRAIT by Neil Foster, page 8
  2. The Linking Ring, Vol. 59, No. 4, April 1979, HOCUSPOCUS PARADE, ROBERT E. OLSON 40 Years in Magic by Phil Willmarth, page 59
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 41, No. 4, June 1961, Hocus Pocus Parade, by Eddie Clever - MAGIMINISTERS, Robert Olson, page 56
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 93, No. 6, June 2013, Broken Wand, Robert E. Olson, page 112