Sphinx March 1952
|Born||Richard E. Swanson|
August 28, 1888
|Died||April 15, 1953 (age 64) |
|Resting place||Lake View Cemetery, Seattle|
Dick Swanson (1888-1953) was a locksmith and magic dealer.
Swanson began his magic career in 1906, traveled as a circus performer and in road shows until World War I. In the 1900s, he also prospected for gold near Nome and did shows in the Alaska territory.
He was later employed in the Seattle shipyards before founding his locksmith business. Along with his wife Mabel and his brother Harry, he operated a combination key, gun, and novelty shop. The "Swanson's Sorcery Magic Shop" which was located in the back room.
Swanson died of a heart attack in his shop, after he helped stage a magic show at the Seattle Magic Ring's annual ladies'night the night before. 
Syd Brockman would buy the Swanson's Sorcery around 1958.
- ↑ Broken Wand, Linking Ring, June 1953
- ↑ Broken Wand, MUM, July, 1953
- ↑ Genii, May 1953
- ↑ Sphinx, July 10, 1950
- ↑ Tops, June 1953