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William King

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William King
BornWilliam Edward King, Jr.
November 19, 1925
Hagerstown, Maryland
DiedMay 12, 2011 (age 85)
Hagerstown, Maryland
Resting placeRest Haven Cemetery

William (Bill) King (1925-2011), a magic collector with an astounding collection, was nationally known for his research of magic history. He authored books on magic history and biographies of magicians and published books under King Books.


He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians' Ring #94 of Hagerstown (which honored him by naming it the "King Ring") and the Society of American Magicians Assembly. He was also a member of the Magic Circle of London, England.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European theater and was awarded the Bronze Star.

He was a graduate of the University of Maryland and the Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University.

In the 1960s, he had a small business with selling origami dollar bills,opening "The Money Gift Shop" at his Hagerstown Bank.[1]

He was a retired President and CEO of the Hagerstown Trust Company and Mid Atlantic Bancorp and died after a long series of illnesses.[2]



  1. MAKING MONEY SELLING MONEY, Success Book Volume Two, Frances and Jay Marshall (1974)