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Bill Derman

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Bill Derman
BornWilliam Derman
May 15, 1916
DiedJanuary 21, 1997 (age 80)
Sherman Oaks, California

Bill Derman (1916-1997), a television writer and game show creator, was very active in magic and wrote many articles for magic publications since 1950.


He started in show business by teaming with a fellow Snag Werris, writing for many stars including Milton Burl, Sid Caesar, and Sherry Lewis.

In the 1950's Derman moved into creating and writing game shows such as Beat the Odds, Supper Market and Word for Word.[1]

He was an active member of Hollywood Los Magico and the S.A.M. Derman was a charter member of the Magic Castle and could regularly be found there with friends Jay Ose, Snag Werris, and later Dai Vernon.

His brother Lou also became well known at the Castle and was often called "Friday Night Lou". Bill's son took up magic and as a teenager adopted the name Nate the Great and for many years worked every Sunday the Magic Castle.


  • Card Tricks That Get The Money and The Patter That Gets The Bookings (1994)


  • Genii, Vol. 60, No. 4, February 1997, In Memorium Bill Derman, page 72
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 77, No. 3, March 1997, Broken Wand BILL DERMAN, page 145
  • M-U-M, Vol. 86, No. 10, March 1997, Broken Wands Bill Derman, page 47