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William A. Ransom

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See also: Elmer P. Ransom and Thomas S. Ransom.

William A. Ransom (1860-1941), an Executive Secretary to railroad businessmen and later became head of a big department for one of the railways, was president of The Society of American Magicians in 1909.[1]

William A. Ransom

Cover of Sphinx (July 1909)
BornWilliam Albert Ransom
May 5, 1860
Smyrna, Delaware
DiedMarch 2, 1941 (age 80)
Rahway, New Jersey

Known as "Bill" to his friends, Ransom began his interest in magic when, as a small boy, he saw a performance by Signor Blitz. He never gave professional performances but did helped many professional magicians improve their apparatus mechanically.

Ransom died at his home in New Jersey.[2][3][4]


  1. Cover Sphinx, July 1909
  2. Obit Sphinx, April, 1941
  3. Obit Genii 1941 April