Straitjacket Owned by William (Bill) Larsen Sr.
William Larsen Sr. Straitjacket
W. Larsen Sr. was a Criminal Attorney from Pasadena California. But he was also an avid magician and gave up law to pursue his passion. He founded Genii, the Conjurer’s Magazine. He bought the Thayer Magic Company and operated the Thayer Studio of Magic in Los Angeles. He founded the Academy of Magic Arts and Sciences. Bill Larsen Sr. died at the early age of only 48 in 1955.
This was his personal straitjacket. It is a gaffed magician's jacket, but it is well made and looks great. The previous owner reports that he bought the jacket from Del O'Dell at her magic shop on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood in the mid 1960s.