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Lewis Ganson

(15th April 1913 - 22nd December 1980)

Born in London, England. He was a professional close-up magician, except for his time in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps 1939-58. He edited the Gen from 1958-70 and received 1968 the AMA Literary Fellowship for his many books and booklets.

Coauthors: Dai Vernon, Tony Slydini, Aldo Colombini, Bobby Bernard, Geissler-Werry, Rovi, Harry Stanley, Rex Taylor, Will Ayling, Fred Lowe, Mark Weston, John Blunt

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Lewis Ganson
A Magician Explains by Lewis Ganson

This ebook contains routines by

CHARLES HARRISON. Member of the Inner Magic Circle, London. A fine performer who is a master at devising magic dependent upon subtle ideas and misdirection. His "Marvellous Marbles" is one of the finest close-up routines it has been Lewis Ganson's privilege to witness.

HARRY G. FRANKE of America who is well known for the clever ideas he has given to the magical fraternity through the pages of JEAN HUGARD'S excellent monthly magazine. "The Vanishing Lady" described herein is a terrific effect brought about with - just three cards.

CY ENDFIELD. Well known Film Director...

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Lewis Ganson
A Magician Explains (used) by Lewis Ganson

Softcover stapled in good condition. Published 1955. Some discoloration of back cover. For details on contents see the digital edition.

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Lewis Ganson
Aces in Deception or "How Right You Are" by Lewis Ganson

An easy and effective multiphase routine with a Svengali deck. A spectator is correct continually in finding a previously selected card which the performer underlines with the punch line "How Right You Are."

From the introduction:

Here is one of those card routines in which the happenings are inexplicable to the uninitiated. The handling of the cards is so natural and each move is performed so deliberately, that trickery appears out of the question, yet a series of effects take place which really are uncanny.

To begin with, I will confess that a Svengali pack is used throughout and...

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Lewis Ganson & Bobby Bernard
Bernard's Lesson on Coin Magic Teach-In by Lewis Ganson & Bobby Bernard

Bobby Bernard teaches palming, sleights, stratagems, and T. Nelson Downs' Coin Star. Photographed and written by Lewis Ganson. This was part of the famous Ganson Teach-In series originally published by Supreme Magic Inc. Rights are now owned by Martin Breese whom we thank for the kind permission to reproduce this booklet.

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1st edition 1978 by Supreme; original 35 pages; PDF 43 pages.

  1. Introduction
  2. The Coins
  3. The Hands
  4. Palming A Coin
  5. Thumb Grip
  6. Stretch Palm
  7. Crease Palm
  8. After Ramsay
  9. Production In The Air
  10. Double Production
  11. The Miser's Misers Dream
  12. The Spellbound Move
  13. The Hummer...
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Lewis Ganson & Bobby Bernard
Bernard's Lesson on Dice Stacking Teach-In by Lewis Ganson & Bobby Bernard

Bobby Bernard teaches you how to stack dice featuring Bobby's presentation of School for Croupiers. This was part of the famous Ganson Teach-In series originally published by Supreme Magic Inc. Rights are now owned by Martin Breese whom we thank for the kind permission to reproduce this booklet.

If you prefer video instructions over photos and explanatory text we recommend Learn the Basics and for sophisticated tricks Mr. Dice Stacking and Friends.

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1st edition 1979; original 23 pages; PDF 27 pages.

  1. Contents
  2. Introduction
  3. The Materials Needed for Dice Stacking
  4. - THE WORKING SURFACE
  5. - THE DICE
  6. - THE CUP OR...
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Lewis Ganson
Card Fans Teach-In by Lewis Ganson

Lewis Ganson, himself a card fan expert, teaches his bits and pieces on that subject. Learn everything from how to treat your cards for perfect fanning, one hand fans, giant fans, etc. This was part of the famous Ganson Teach-In series originally published by Supreme Magic Inc. Rights are now owned by Martin Breese whom we thank for the kind permission to reproduce this booklet.

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1st edition 1978 by Supreme; original 32 pages; PDF 37 pages.

  1. Appreciation
  2. Introduction
  3. THE ORIGIN OF CARD FANS
  4. CARDS SUITABLE FOR FANNING
  5. PREPARATION OF THE CARDS
  6. ARRANGING THE CARDS ...
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Lewis Ganson & Aldo Colombini
Colombini's Cups and Balls Teach-In by Lewis Ganson & Aldo Colombini

Aldo Colombini teaches the routine with which he won the close-up competition at FISM 1976 in Vienna, Austria. It includes ideas by Dai Vernon, Charlie Miller, Pete Biro and Larry Jennings, as well as many original elements by Aldo himself.

This was part of the famous Ganson Teach-In series originally published by Supreme Magic Inc. Rights are now owned by Martin Breese whom we thank for the kind permission to reproduce this booklet.

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1st edition 1977; original 26 pages; PDF 35 pages.

  1. CONTENTS
  2. DEDICATION
  3. INTRODUCTION
  4. THE COLOMBINI PRESENTATION
  5. REQUIREMENTS
  6. SET-UP
  7. GETTING READY
  8. PERFORMANCE
  9. - THE...
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Colombini's Cups and Balls Teach-In (French) by Lewis Ganson

Le Tour des Gobelets et des Balles par Aldo Colombini qui enseigne ici la routine avec laquelle il a remporté le concours de close-up à Vienne en Autriche lors de la FISM en 1976. Cette routine intègre des idées de Dai Vernon, Charlie Miller, Pete Biro et Larry Jennings, ainsi que de nombreux éléments originaux crées par Aldo lui-même.

Cet ouvrage faisait partie de la célèbre collection Ganson Teach-In publiée à l'origine par Supreme Magic Inc. Les droits sont à présent détenus par Martin Breese que nous remercions pour son aimable autorisation de reproduire ce livret.

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Lewis Ganson
Cy Endfield's Entertaining Card Magic by Lewis Ganson

Originally published by Harry Stanley in three separate parts (1955, 1956, 1958) this ebook is a complete remake of all three parts in one volume with new photos taken by Martin Breese and posed by Paul Gordon. The card magic presented is exceptional. It also explains all the basic moves Cy used to perform the tricks described. This classic trilogy therefore can serve as a wonderful introduction to card magic or be a treasure trove for those who are looking for some beautiful effects. You will find many well structured classics like Ambitious Card or Three Card Monte as well as some unusual effects.

Among Cy's teachers...

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Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon
Dai Vernon in Britain 1958 by Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon

A silent film record of Dai Vernon's visit to Britain in 1958.

If you have only read about the Professor Dai Vernon but never seen him in real life, then here is your chance for a glimpse into what he was like. You will see him sightseeing and you will see him perform several of his feature routines such as the Symphony of the Rings, card production, color change, wand spin vanish and more.

  • Portsmouth: H.M.S. Victory and Dicken's Birthplace
  • Polo at Cowdrey Park
  • Stratford-on-Avon
  • Fellow Magicians
  • Leipzig's Card Levitation
  • Card Production
  • The Symphony of the Rings
  • Colour Change
  • Wand spin Vanish
  • Jumping Jack
  • Charlie Miller's Diminishing Cards ...
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Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon
Dai Vernon's Further Inner Secrets of Card Magic by Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon

The highlights in this third part of the Vernon's Inner Secrets of Card Magic trilogy are his teachings on the second deal including a one handed and a stud second deal, the chapter on the "Three Card Monte", and the chapter on palming.

1st edition 1961; original 72 pages; PDF 62 pages.

  1. CONTENTS
  2. FOREWORD
  3. CHAPTER ONE: THE FOUR BLUE BACKED ACES
  4. CHAPTER TWO: BLINDFOLD POKER DEAL
  5. CHAPTER THREE: CARDS OF COINCIDENCE
  6. CHAPTER FOUR: THREE CARD MONTE
  7. - The Three Cards
  8. - The Throw
  9. - The Game
  10. - 1. The use of a short card
  11. - 2. The Optical Move
  12. CHAPTER FIVE: LARRY GREY'S "CARDS ACROSS"
  13. CHAPTER...
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Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon
Dai Vernon's Inner Secrets of Card Magic by Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon

This is the first part of Vernon's famous Inner Secrets of Card Magic series. It includes notable work on color changes. In "Dai Vernon's Colour Changing Pack" Vernon provides the proper motivation for the use of the Hindu Shuffle: showing the back color of the deck. "Emotional Reaction" is an example of a subtle and cunning use of a key card. Probably the best effect in this volume is the "Notis Stop Trick".

1st edition 1959; original 76 pages; PDF 59 pages.

  1. CONTENTS
  2. FOREWORD
  3. PREFACE
  4. INTRODUCTION
  5. CHAPTER ONE: TAKING THINGS EASY
  6. - Emotional Reaction
  7. - Cocktail Cards
  8. - The Bent Corner...
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Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon
Dai Vernon's More Inner Secrets of Card Magic by Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon

The second part in Vernon's Inner Secrets of Card Magic trilogy is the jewel in this series. It features such classics as "Twisting the Aces" (which includes the first publication of Alex Emsley's "Four as Four Count" - better known as Ghost count or Elmsley count), "Out of Sight--Out of Mind," "Oil and Water," "McDonald's $100 Routine," and "The Trick that Cannot be Explained" the ultimate jazz magic effect. You will also find a number of Vernon Touches on his riffle shuffle technique, crimps, Zarrow shuffle and others.

This ebook is absolute must read for any card magician. You should read...

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Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon
Dai Vernon's Tribute to Nate Leipzig by Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon

This is a fascinating combination of biographical detail and carefully described magical secrets researched and recorded by Dai Vernon and Lewis Ganson.

Vernon was an intimate friend of Leipzig. Vernon not only saw many performances given by Leipzig, but Leipzig also explained Vernon in detail how all of his tricks worked and how they are to be performed. Vernon recorded this in his notebooks from which this publication was prepared by Ganson and Vernon. It is therefore fair to say that this is as close as you will ever get to learn from Leipzig.

Leipzig was a gentelman of magic who could...

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Lewis Ganson
Expert Manipulation of Playing Cards by Lewis Ganson

Lewis Ganson, mostly known as author of magic books, was also himself an expert stage card manipulator. This ebook is a complete course in the art of manipulating playing cards, from back palms, to catching cards, card fans, flourishes, gimmicks and holders, and how to put it all together into a routine.

Paul Fleming wrote:

This recent work on card manipulation is divided into four sections which deal with (1) the back-palming of cards, (2) card fans, (3) card flourishes, and (4) suggestions for routines. Since we have no special knowledge of card fanning or card flourishes - and, because they lack...

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Lewis Ganson
Fan Finale by Lewis Ganson

In 1949 Lewis Ganson published his first work on card fans with Arcas Publications. Later he wrote a series of articles for The Gen. Ultimately Supreme published a revised version which was Fan Finale. You should also check out Card Fans Teach-In.

1st edition 1976; 17 pages.

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Lewis Ganson
Give a Magician Enough Rope ... and he'll do a trick by Lewis Ganson

Some of the finest rope magic from Lewis Ganson, Peter Warlock, Van Rinkhuyzen, Anverdi, Faucett W. Ross, Jay Ose, Martin Gardner, Edward Victor, Stanley Norman, Norman Rashleigh, Harold G. Beaumont, C. F. Germelman, Horace E. Bennett, H. Fernandes, Bill Shewan and H. Fernandes.

  • Give a Magician Enough Rope
  • Cut-Knot-Join
  • Impromptu Neck Penetration
  • Rope Thru' Wrist
  • Red and White Ropes
  • A Remarkable Square Knot
  • Stretching A Rope
  • Equally Unequal Ropes
  • Equally Unequal Variations
  • More Variations
  • Equally Unequal Patter Story
  • Cut and Restored Rope
  • Fast Cut and Restoration
  • Variations on...
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Lewis Ganson
Give a Magician Enough Rope ... and he'll do a trick (used) by Lewis Ganson

Hardcover book with dust-jacket. Dust-jacket has some damage but is protected by a clear cover that has been folded over it. Harry Stanley edition. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

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Lewis Ganson
Le Tour Du Fil Hindou by Lewis Ganson

Le tour du Fil gypsy fait partie de ces effets classiques dans la même lignée que les anneaux chinois et les balles et gobelets. Un fil est cassé en plusieurs petits morceaux, puis il est magiquement reconstitué en un long morceau de fil. Bon nombre des meilleurs magiciens ont intégré le Fil gypsy à leurs spectacles : Fred Kaps, Dany Ray, Ricky Jay, Billy McComb, Ali Bongo, Hans Trixer, Marconick et Eugene Burger pour n'en citer que quelques-uns. Lewis Ganson enseigne ici en détail avec du texte, des photos et des illustrations les tenants et les aboutissants de cette routine.

Ce...

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Lewis Ganson Cups and Balls by Lewis Ganson

This is a silent film produced by Harry Stanley's Unique Magic Studios. It shows Lewis Ganson performing his Cups and Balls routine as well as an effect with a glass plate, three transparent cups and three silks.

1st edition 1960s, length 9 min.

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Lewis Ganson
Lewis Ganson Manipulation by Lewis Ganson

This is a silent film from the 1950s from Harry Stanley's Unique Magic Studio featuring Lewis Ganson performing mostly card manipulation and a few other routines with silks, coins and lighters.

Contents

  • card manipulation (back palm)
  • diminishing cards
  • card fans (also see his Fan Finale)
  • card flourishes
  • giant fans
  • a clear case of anti-gravity
  • coins at his finger tips
  • multiplying lighters

length 6 min 40 seconds

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Lewis Ganson
Magic of the Mind by Lewis Ganson

This is a wonderful collection of some of the best mental magic published in The Gen.

CONTENTS:

Section One - Predictions

  • The 100% Prediction (Punx)
  • Total Prediction (Gerald Kosky)
  • The Direct Prediction (John Rice)
  • Note and the Jar (Tom Sellers)
  • Phenomenal Forecast (Jack Cook)
  • The One-man Full-Vu Prediction (Ken De Courcy)
  • Mental Flashes (Dr. Stanley Jaks)
  • The Patient Telepath (Peter Warlock)
  • Novelty Dice Prediction (Tom Sellers)
  • Predicted From the Papers (Tom Sellers)
  • Super Forethought (Cyro)
Section Two - Book Tests
  • Unique Book Test (Harry Stanley)
  • Magazine Test (Ali Bongo)
  • Danson's Book Test (Ted Danson)
  • A Telephone Directory Test (Eric...
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Lewis Ganson
Magic of the Mind (used) by Lewis Ganson

Hardcover book in fair condition, no dust-jacket. Harry Stanley edition. Top edges of front and back cover have a larger nick. Has name and address of prior owner handwritten on front fly-leaf. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

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Lewis Ganson
Magic with Faucett Ross by Lewis Ganson

Many effects from famous magicians such as Dai Vernon, Charlie Miller, Fred Keating, David Devant, T. Nelson Downs, Ross Horwitz, Nate Leipzig and of course Faucett Ross himself.

  • PREFACE
  • A Magician and his Magic
    • Faucett Ross
    • Letters to Charlie Miller
    • The Beginning
    • The Business Side
    • Rules and Common Sense
    • Practice
    • The Magician
    • Showmanship
    • A Bargain
    • Advice on Programmes
  • Section One: HANDKERCHIEF MAGIC
    • A Glass and a Silk
    • The Colour Change
    • Handkerchief Box Routine
    • Cut, Burnt and Restored Handkerchief
    • Novel Addition
    • Handkerchief Cane
    • Producing a Silk
    • Fountain of Silks
  • Section Two: AN ORIENTAL FLAVOUR
    • Snowstorm in...
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Mark Weston & Lewis Ganson
Mark Weston's Continuous Cigarette Production Teach-In by Mark Weston & Lewis Ganson

Cigarettes are banned from most public places. The opportunities to perform this type of magic are limited. Nevertheless the magic is great. In this ebook you will find routines by Mark Weston, Bengt Nilsson, and Luis Gavilondo.

This was part of the famous Ganson Teach-In series originally published by Supreme Magic Inc. Rights are now owned by Martin Breese whom we thank for the kind permission to reproduce this booklet.

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1st edition 1977, original 24 pages, PDF 27 pages.

  1. Contents
  2. Introduction
  3. Foreword
  4. The Action
  5. Presentation
  6. METHOD OF WORKING
  7. AQUITMENT ...
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Lewis Ganson
Matching the Cards Teach-In by Lewis Ganson

When Lewis Ganson asked Dai Vernon what he considered to be the best card effect, he replied that in his opinion "Matching The Cards" would be difficult to beat, particularly when performed for lay audiences. His opinion is shared by many of the world's leading card experts, who have often featured one version or another in their acts.

The granddaddy of this effect can be found in Magician's Tricks by Hatton and Plate. The effect of Vernon's version is as follows:

A card is selected by a spectator and placed face down on the table without the face being shown, then the performer endeavors to cut to the three other...

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Lewis Ganson
Mini-Slate Magic by Lewis Ganson

Top routines with miniature slates by Peter Warlock, George Blake and Edwin Hooper.

  • Introduction
  • Phantom Prediction
  • Shuffled Forecast
  • Sum Total
  • Spirit Message
  • Spirit Message Again
  • Duplication
  • Mini-Transpo
  • Two Messages
  • Two Messages On One Slate
  • Numbered Slates
  • Any Colour With White Chalk

PDF 28 pages.

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Lewis Ganson
Mini-Slate Magic (used) by Lewis Ganson

Softcover stapled in good condition. Published by Supreme Magic. For details on contents see the digital edition.

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Lewis Ganson
Mystery of Magic by Lewis Ganson

This rare booklet contains some real gems. The routines are described concisely and with lots of clear photos.

  • Introduction
  • Fooling with Hoola Fooler
  • A Ring and some rope
  • Matched Up
  • Card Production
  • Phoa Yan Tiong's Cut and Restored Handkerchief
  • Coin Manipulation
  • Eddie Wards Card rise
  • Quick Tricks
  • Malini's Vanish of Note from a Handkerchief
  • An effective routine for Equally Unequal Ropes
  • Giant fans
PDF 14 pages.
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Lewis Ganson
Okito Box Teach-In by Lewis Ganson

In 1911, Okito was in partnership with Joe Klein in a magic shop on Broadway, New York. Joe suffered from indigestion and kept his boxes of pills in a drawer in the shop. Okito often handled the pill boxes and noticed that the lid would fit on both bottom and top and in each case, the box looked the same. He had some made up in metal instead of cardboard, of such a size as to take coins and so the "Okito Coin Box" was born. Since they were first marketed by the Bamberg Magic and Novelty Company, dealers all over the world have manufactured and sold these boxes. Different ideas have been incorporated,...

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Lewis Ganson
Patrick Page's Cards to Pocket by Lewis Ganson

Like ghosts they pass up the sleeve and into the pocket.

From the introduction:

This routine has all the ingredients to delight the discerning performer, the effect is excellent and although it conforms generally to the classical version of "The Cards to Pocket", it has that dash of variation that makes it novel. The method is easy to perform, so easy that one wonders why many more have not thought of obviating the palming just as Patrick Page has done. It's a fine example of using subtle moves in place of sleight of hand; indeed only one simple move is used throughout and yet the effect...

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Lewis Ganson
Patrick Page's Cards to Pocket (used) by Lewis Ganson

Stapled booklet in like-new condition. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

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Lewis Ganson
Peter Kane's Wild Card Plus by Lewis Ganson

The original eye-popping effect plus great new routines by William G. Stickland and Bob Gill.

A version of this stunning effect first appeared in print in Hugard's Monthly Magic Magazine dated April 1962. The effect and method of the 'Wild Card' originated by Peter Kane, and described on his behalf by Gus Southall, has become a classic.

Top flight magicians all over the world acclaimed the effect. However, many magicians "fought shy" of it feeling that it was difficult to do, or, sometimes having difficulty in obtaining sets of cards which had really strong contrasts to emphasize the astonishing change. Peter Kane's 'Wild Card...

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