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Rev. Willard S. Smith

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Rev. Willard S. Smith
BornOctober 9, 1898
Ipswich, Massachusetts
DiedJanuary 5, 1981 (age 82)
Holden, Massachusetts

Rev. Willard S. Smith (1898-1981), a Baptist clergyman, was a member of Magiclub, American Society of Psychical Research, Magic Circle of London and served as the first National Chaplain of the S.A.M. when the position was created in 1943.[1]


He started doing magic in 1911, and gave his first public show in 1916. Attended Andover-Newton Theological School in 1936. Became a specialist in Rag pictures, wrote the column "Meaderings" for the Linking Ring and contributed to many other magic magazines.

Smith was a veteran of both World War I, where he received the Purple Heart, and II (as a chaplain).

He had a large collections of autographed photographs of magicians.[2]

The Society of American Assembly No. 16 (Worcester, Massachusetts), which he served as president in 1946-47, was named in his honor.[3][4]


  • The Magic of Willard S. Smith (1981)


  1. Magician of the Month, MUM, March 1953
  2. By Thompson, Jr., J.G.. "My Best", 1945, p. 375
  3. Broken Wand, MUM, March 1981