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Louis Tannen

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Louis Tannen

Cover of Genii (1963)
BornLouis T. Tannen
February 14, 1909
New York City
DiedMarch 19, 1982 (age 73)
North Miami Beach, Florida
Known forMagic Dealer
Tannen's Magic Shop
Tannen's Magic Camp

Louis Tannen (Feburary 14, 1909 - March 19, 1982) was founder of Louis Tannen, Inc., one of the largest magic dealers.


Tannen was a life-long magician, starting out as a kid magician. He started a magic shop, Tannen's Magic Shop in New York City in 1925.

A brother, Mike Tannen (1917-1976) was the principle proprietor of the Circle Magic Shop, also in New York City, for over 30 years.

His younger brother Irv (1920-2001), originally worked with his brother Mike Tannen at Circle Magic on Broadway in New York City and later went to work for his older brother Lou Tannen where he eventually became a part owner and president of Louis Tannen, Inc.

Louis Tannen was publisher of the Tannen edition of the Tarbell Course, in seven volumes.

In 1974 Tannen's Magic created the first Magic Camp for young people. Some notable graduates were David Blaine, Darren Romeo, Nathan Burton, Vito Lupo, Joshua Jay and Steve Cohen.

Louis created a number of effects including a version of the Haunted Deck (1933) and Salt-Go (1943).