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Robert A. Olson

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Robert A. Olson

Performing at Old Sturbridge Village
BornRobert Alan Olson
December 23, 1938
Brooklyn, New York

CategoriesBooks by Robert A. Olson

Robert Olson (b.1938) worked for Magic Dealer Connie Haden in late 1950s, pitching magic at his dealer's tables at conventions, bending nail writers at Haden shop, etc.


He joined the SAM at age 18. Developed comedy magic, working close-up and MC work for magic conventions in late 1950s, and early 1960s. Co-wrote a column in Hugard's Magic Monthly, with John V. Hope, on Coin Magic. He was a member of F.A.M.E. (Future American Magical Entertainers), but left New York City to work as woodworker in mid 1960s.

Olson developed a 19th century magic show, performing as black magician Richard Potter, the first successful American magician. Worked in trade shows for Tommy Tucker in early 1970s. In mid-1970s, he began work at the museum Old Sturbridge Village(OSV) in Massachusetts, a 25 year career. Leaving OSV in 2001, Olson went on to pursue a successful career as a performing magician, with museums, historical societies, private parties, and corporate shows.

He is a charter member of the Nordic Knights of Necromancy.



  • Cover, M-U-M, Vol. 54, No. 11, April 1965, ROBERT OLSON magician-of-the-month by Leslie Smith, page 533