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W.C. Smith

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W.C. Smith

W.C. Smith Throwing Card
BornWilliam C. Smith
November 11, 1893
DiedJune 9, 1964 (age 70)
St. Clair Shores, Michigan

W. C. Smith (1893-1964), the Mystifier, was I.B.M. member number 6555.[1][2]


For 40 years he was an electrical engineer with Hudson Motor Car Company, and the last regular employee of company at the time it ceased production.

Smith was a charter member of IBM Ring 22, Detroit, Michigan and member of Society of Detroit Magicians.

For many years he presented his colorful silk act in and about Detroit.

He also had a hobby of printing and did much work for the local magic clubs.

On November 17, 1941 the charter membership of IBM Ring 22 was closed with 43 members and Ring 22 was started. Wm. C. Smith moved that the organization be named The “Harry E. Cecil” Ring and it received a unanimous vote. Others very active in the organizational plans were W.C. Smith, Del Raymond, Al Tabor, Lewis Peters, Gerald Rafferty, Bob Underwitter, Al Monroe, William Heisel, Charles Pasternacki, Harold Sterling, and Harry Cecil.[3]

He was editor of F.O.M. News, a very small newsletter (usually one page) for the Friendly Order of Magicians in the early 1960s.


  1. Broken Wand, Linking Ring, July 1964, page 74
  2. Linking Ring, July 1964, page 83
  3. IBM Ring 22 (Detroit) Website: