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Irene Larsen

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Irene Larsen

Cover of Genii (1989)
BornIrene Elfriede Stolz
September 25, 1936
Stühlingen, Germany
DiedFebruary 25, 2016 (age 79)
Los Angeles

Irene E. Larsen (1936-2016) is the Honorary President for Life for the Academy of Magical Arts and is affectionately known as "Princess Irene," a stage name she was given by her first husband, magician John Daniel.


She was born in Stühlingen, Germany near Siegfried Fischbacher (although never met him until years later).

Irene's career in magic started by chance when, in 1954[1], she attended a magic show in Germany and was asked on stage by magician John Daniel. One year later she arrived in America, then married Daniel following year. She became involved with Owen Magic, a manufacturer of magic products. She toured the school circuit with Daniel and after that, with Daniel and Bob Towner.

She married Bill Larsen Jr. on November 10, 1963. She performed with him on "The Dean Martin Show" with Orson Welles.

In later years Irene and Bill become co-editors of Genii magazine.

She is an animal right's activist and advocate for women magicians.

Irene is the mother of three children, including Dante (with John Daniel), Heidi and Erika.[2][3]

Princess Irene passed away peacefully at her home at Brookledge on February 25, 2016.


  1. Phone discussion with niece of Irene Larsen, April 16, 2016, User:Cortini
  3. Cover Genii 1989 August
  • Cover, Genii Magazine, Vol. 79, No. 4, April 2016, Irene Larsen 1936-2016, by Dustin Stinett, page 72
  • Magic, The Magazine for Magicians, Vol. 25, No. 8, April 2016, Irene Larsen, Heart and Soul of Magic, by Friends and Family, page 34