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Arnold Furst

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Arnold Furst

Cover of Genii (1942)
BornArnold Furstenburg
June 21, 1918
DiedFebruary 22, 2002 (age 83)
Los Angeles

Arnold Furst (1918-2002) was a magician, author, lecturer and hypnotist.


Furst was known to magicians as the inventor of the "Fresh Fish" paper tear in which a strip of paper with the words "Fresh Fish Sold Here Today" is torn into pieces using a comical presentation and then restored.[1]

As a magician he toured during WWII with the USO presenting his routine with Oscar the white rabbit. After the war he performed in nightclubs and did many shows for children.

He appeared at the 1946 FISM, but his success came in the field of Hypnotism where he wrote a number of books on using hypnosis for therapy.[2]

He provided many contributions to Genii Magazine from the 1930s to the 1960s and he was a charter member of the IBM Ring 21 in Hollywood.[3]


  • Famous Magicians of the World (1957)
  • Case histories in Hypnotherapy (1959)
  • Magic for Monsters (aka Kid Stuff 6 – 1960)
  • Mightier Than The Bullet (1961)
  • The Hypnotic Approach to Successful Salesmanship (1961)
  • Great Magic Shows (1968)
  • How to Get Publicity in Newspaper ... and Other Media (1975)


  1. Genii 1938 April
  3. Cover, Genii Magazine, Vol. 7, No. 3, November 1942, Arnold Furst, page 81
  • Cover, The Gen, Vol. 12, No. 2, June 1956, Front Page Personality ARNOLD FURST, by Harry Stanley, page 27
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 82, No. 5, May 2002, Broken Wand, Arnold Furst (Furstenberg), by Bob Wagner / Bill Bowers, page 114
  • M-U-M, Vol. 92, No. 1, June 2002, Broken Wands, Arnold Furst, by Bob Wagner, page 59
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 82, No. 12, December 2002, Pictures from the Past, page 50, page 57
  • Obit Genii 2002 May