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Dick Swanson

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Dick Swanson

Sphinx March 1952
BornRichard E. Swanson
August 28, 1888
DiedApril 15, 1953 (age 64)
Seattle, Washington
Resting placeLake 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.[1][2][3]

He was a member of IBM, the SAM, and PCAM.

He was a confidant of many professionals including Virgil, Blackstone, Dante, Gwynne, Calvert, and Tarbell.[4]

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. [5]

Syd Brockman would buy the Swanson's Sorcery around 1958.


  1. Broken Wand, Linking Ring, June 1953
  2. Broken Wand, MUM, July, 1953
  3. Genii, May 1953
  4. Sphinx, July 10, 1950
  5. Tops, June 1953