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Will Asimus

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Will Asimus

Linking Ring, Nov 1948
Borncirca 1881
West New York, New Jersey
DiedJune 23, 1951 (age 69)
Manchester, Connecticut

Will Asimus (c.1881-1951), the city editor for the Manchester (Conn.) Herald, was a semi-professional magician beginning in 1916, playing throughout New Jersey and Connecticut area. [1][2]


Asimus gained some fame as a serious magician, under the name of "The Great Merlin." After retiring from active professional work, he changed his style to comedy working club dates as "Mulligan the Magi".[3]

He started out as a reporter for the the Hartford Post, then the Manchester Evening Herald which he was City Editor at the time of his death. Aa a newspaperman, he interviewed magic greats including Herrmann, Kellar and Thurston.[4]

He was constantly trying to make his apparatus for his shows smaller and smaller, until his latest shows were done with all equipment needed in a packing envelope.[5]

He was also an active contributor to several magazines, Esquire, New Yorker, and had written several musical scores. He also had contributed articles to The Linking Ring

Asimus died at the age of 69 following a heart attack at his home.


  1. Billboard, July 14, 1951
  2. Tops, August 1951
  3. Linking Ring, May 1947
  4. Linking Ring, Nov 1948
  5. Broken Wand, Linking Ring, Aug 1951