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Arthur D. Gans

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Arthur D. Gans
BornArthur Daniel Joseph Gans
August 4, 1890
Baltimore, Maryland
DiedApril 30, 1963 (age 72)
Baltimore, Maryland

Arthur D. Gans (1890-1963) toured as "the safety first magician", expounding safety with movies, magic and short talks.


Gans became interested in magic at the age of 14 after seeing Harry Kellar perform.[1]

Gans was the Safety Agent for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, looking after the Safety and Welfare of the employees. [2] He made a trip every year, traveling in a private railroad car, showing magic in thirty cities, from New York to Chicago and St. Louis. His talks were built up around his tricks. Gans retired from his railroad career after almost forty years of service.[3]

Gans was very active in the magic society. He was an early member of the IBM (no. 34), contributed articles to the Linking Ring and was a huge recruiter, bringing in many members.[4] Gans was also a charter member of the N.C.A., the Society of Baltimore Magicians and the Demons Club of Baltimore (later becoming the SAM Kellar Thurston Assembly No. 6). [5]


  • Harry Kellar Reveals Best Trick He Performed , Linking Ring (January 1962)


  1. Bio, Linking Ring, February 1928, pg 970
  2. Cover, Linking Ring Vol 4, No. 1 (1926)
  3. MUM OCTOBER, 1960
  4. Obit, Linking Ring June 1963
  5. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, October, 1931