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Lewis Ganson

#3 Balls, Eggs, Dice & Cups author

(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
Zombie: The Floating Ball Teach-In (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
Zombie: The Floating Ball Teach-In by Lewis Ganson

Supreme moves, Will Ayling's routine, Luis Gavilondo's "Sacred Sun Ball". 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 1977; original 35 pages; PDF 44 pages.

  1. Contents
  2. Introduction
  3. Supreme Moves
  4. - Requirements
  5. - Set-Up
  6. Performance
  7. - The Get-Ready
  8. - The Ball Rises
  9. - The Ball Rises Into View
  10. - The Ball Floats Along The Arm
  11. - Around The Body
  12. - The Ball Suspends...
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Lewis Ganson & Geissler-Werry
Werry's Fantastic Thimbles Teach-In (used) by Lewis Ganson & Geissler-Werry

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

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Lewis Ganson & Geissler-Werry
Werry's Fantastic Thimbles Teach-In by Lewis Ganson & Geissler-Werry

Werry was an extremely innovative and creative magician, developing many new effects and founding the famous magazine Magische Welt in Germany (which continues to be published by Wittus Witt). You will also learn about Dean Metcalfe's thimble routine.

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 1979, original 35 pages, PDF 33 pages.

  1. Contents
  2. Introduction
  3. The Basic Moves
  4. The Lifting Move
  5. A Complete...
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Lewis Ganson
Unconventional Magic by Lewis Ganson

Here is another classic magic book by Lewis Ganson with effects by Ken Brooke, Peter Warlock, Cy Endfield, Marconick, Tonny van Dommelen and others.

c1950, 59 pages

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Chapter 1: Free Choice
  3. Chapter 2: Cy Endfield's Card Penetration and Change
  4. Chapter 3: Bags of Everything
  5. Chapter 4: Eddie Ward's Zombie Card Rise
  6. Chapter 5: Three Penetration Effects
  7. (a) Bertram Millidge's New Move with the Jardine Ellis Ring
  8. (b) Silk Through Ring
  9. (c) Silk through Silk
  10. Chapter 6: Ken Brooke's Knot-Out plus a simple routine for the Sympathetic Silks
  11. Chapter 7: Ken Brooke's Presentation of the Vanishing...
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Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon
Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic by Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon

This work was planned to be the last volume in Dai Vernon's Inner Card Secrets series. However, due to water damage caused by a fire the typed manuscript was lost. It took several years to recover from this mishap and therefore this last volume was originally published much later than the first three volumes (Inner Secrets of Card Magic, More Inner Secrets of Card Magic, Further Inner Secrets of Card Magic). The wait was justified because it was and still is one of the important works of card magic - now available as an ebook.

No serious card man can exist without reading and studying this work.

1st edition 1967; original 246 pages; PDF 156 pages

  1. CONTENTS
  2. FOREWORD
  3. CHAPTER ONE:...
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Lewis Ganson
Two in the Hand and One in the Pocket Teach-In by Lewis Ganson

Routines using the extra object principle.

Three small objects are shown, two are placed into the left hand and the third one into a pocket. On opening the left hand, not two but THREE objects are seen. This is repeated a few times, the effect becoming more bewildering as the routine proceeds. In some versions, the objects eventually vanish or are transformed into something different.

From this basic theme, a whole range of tricks has been evolved, the objects employed being almost anything of such a size that can be concealed in the hands.

This was part of the famous Ganson Teach-In...

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John Blunt & Lewis Ganson
Transcornered by John Blunt & Lewis Ganson

The reputation-making card routine with which John Blunt won the Premier Award of the London Society of Magicians for the best magical effect. Reviewing the effect, Claude Chandler wrote: "An original version of the Torn & Restored Card plus transposition etc. It is so original as to almost entirely conceal this fact. It gives us a series of new, interesting and baffling surprises, beautifully-routined. The cleverly worked-out methods make for clean presentation. Not the least of its merits and one that is valuable for close-up performance, is the fact that all evidence is disposed of and the...

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Lewis Ganson
Three Chinese Rings Teach-In (used) by Lewis Ganson

Stapled booklet in good condition. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

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Lewis Ganson
Three Chinese Rings Teach-In by Lewis Ganson

Rex Taylor's routine plus linking and unlinking moves plus Aldo Colombini's moves. 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 1977; originally 20 pages; PDF 23 pages.

  1. Contents
  2. Foreword
  3. The Twisting Move
  4. Linking Two Rings
  5. Spinning the Rings
  6. Unlinking Two Rings
  7. Three Ring Routine
  8. - Introduction
  9. - Requirements
  10. - Set-Up
  11. - Routine
  12. Aldo Colombini's Linking Ring Moves
  13. - Two...
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Lewis Ganson
Three Card Monte as Entertainment Teach-In (used) by Lewis Ganson

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Lewis Ganson
Three Card Monte as Entertainment Teach-In by Lewis Ganson

This was the publication that taught me the Three Card Monte many years ago. It has all you ever need on this wonderful performance piece - and then some.

Erdnase writes in Expert at the Card Table:

"There is not a single card feat in the whole calendar that will give as good returns for the amount of practice required, or that will mystify as greatly, or cause as much amusement, or bear as much repetition as this little game!

Vernon performed it reciting:

"A little game from Hanky Poo, the black for me, the red for you - all you have to do is to keep your eyes on the little lady - ten gets you twenty - twenty...
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Lewis Ganson
The Sympathetic Silks Teach-In by Lewis Ganson

Colorful, visual magic - certainly The Sympathetic Silks is a real classic of effects with silk. Performed by most of the old top-of-the-bill magicians on the variety stages around the world, it can be just as big a hit today as it was then. From a program dated 1926, we see that Houdini performed it in his full evening show - he often declared that this was his favorite trick. Chris Charlton opened his show with it; Cecil Lyle featured it; Jane Thurston performed it beautifully in her spot in the Thurston Show and it was certainly a masterpiece in the hands of Horace Goldin.

This was part of the...

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Lewis Ganson & Tony Slydini
The Magic of Slydini by Lewis Ganson & Tony Slydini

This is a classic book, probably the best book on close-up magic ever written. Now available as an ebook with an improved layout. The original book had 448 photos grouped together in full-page photo plates. This meant that most photos were removed from the text which goes along with the photos. We have corrected this error in this digital edition. All photos have been inserted in the text where they are referred to.

Slydini was a genius of misdirection. Every movement and every word is deliberately chosen to direct the attention of spectators as well as to produce a graceful and engaging...

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Lewis Ganson
The Immaculate Card Magic of Walt Lees (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
The Immaculate Card Magic of Walt Lees by Lewis Ganson

Four superb card routines.

From the introduction:

It has been my pleasure to have seen Walt Lees perform his magic on many occasions and each time, the result has been very, very impressive. A quiet unassuming chap sat down, took out a pack of cards and within moments, had his audience spellbound.

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When we were discussing the composition of this book, I nominated those tricks which I would like to have and Walt readily and generously agreed to their inclusion. That I had selected just a few, is due to the need for conforming to the size and format of the books in this 'Teach-In'...

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Lewis Ganson
The Hindu Thread Trick or Gypsy Thread Teach-In (used) by Lewis Ganson

Stapled booklet in good condition. Cover has a crease. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

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The Hindu Thread Trick or Gypsy Thread Teach-In by Lewis Ganson

The Gypsy Thread trick is one of those classic effects in the same league as a linking ring or cups and balls. A thread is broken into several short pieces and then magically restored into one long piece of thread. Many of the best magicians have made the gypsy thread a feature of their performances: Fred Kaps, Dany Ray, Ricky Jay, Billy McComb, Ali Bongo, Hans Trixer, Marconick and Eugene Burger to name just a few.

Lewis Ganson teaches in detail with text, photos and illustrations the ins and outs of this routine.

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Lewis Ganson
The Gil-Gan Swindle (used) by Lewis Ganson

Stapled booklet in very good condition. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

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Lewis Ganson
The Gil-Gan Swindle by Lewis Ganson

What a lovely, simple, but hugely effective coin routine this is. Although an Okito Box is used, none of the regular Okito Box moves are employed .... there are virtually NO SLEIGHTS involved in this effect! Lewis also gives credit to BOB SWADLING for his subtle idea which is incorporated and which makes the effect possible .... and what an effect! A close-up masterpiece!

A small piece of plastic the size of a playing-card is shown and placed across the mouth of a tumbler. A 2p piece (or USA 5 cent piece) is placed on top of the plastic and covered by the lid of a small brass box. On tapping...

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Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson
The Gen Volume 9 (1953) by Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson

On the covers are

  • Gerald Kosky
  • Harry Clarke
  • Robert Orben
  • Fred Kaps
  • David Berglas
  • Ronald Haines
  • David Nixon
  • Jimmy Lake
  • Les Aston
  • Bobo
  • Michael Bailey
  • Hen Fetsch
380 pages
  1. Volume 9, Number 1, May, 1953, 32 numbered pages - cover picture: Gerald Kosky
  2. Review - comments from Harry Stanley
  3. More Routined Manipulation - series by Lewis Ganson
    • Charlie Edward's "Dissolving Knots" - Part 1
  4. Tom Seller's Tit-Bits - series
    • An Easy False Shuffle
    • A Card Penetrates a Handkerchief
  5. More Mystic Signs - Hedley Wilcox
  6. Cards in Reverse - Bill Simon (New York)
  7. Front...
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Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson
The Gen Volume 8 (1952) by Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson

On the covers are

  • Milbourne Christopher
  • Harold Taylor
  • John Scarne
  • Robert Nelson
  • William Stickland
  • Lewis Ganson
  • Jack Kodell
  • Al Koran
  • Jerry Bergmann
  • Ken Brooke
  • Geoffrey Buckingham
  • Richard Du Bois
373 pages
  1. Volume 8, Number 1, May, 1952, 32 numbered pages - cover picture: Milbourne Christopher
  2. Editorial
  3. More Routined Manipulation - series by Lewis Ganson
    • 1. - Trio
      • Cards to Bouquet
      • Palming a Short Lighted Cigarette
      • Adding a Card to the Pack
  4. Tom Seller's Tit-Bits - series
    • The Discs of Diablo
  5. Originally Yours - series by Len...
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Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson
The Gen Volume 7 (1951) by Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson

On the covers are

  • Ted Elliott
  • George Braund
  • Carl Rosini
  • Jimmy Rogers
  • Dr. Jaks
  • John Forrest
  • Tornedo
  • Louis Tannen
  • Hen Fetsch
  • Gerrie Larsen
  • Kinson
  • Arthur Dowler
382 pages
  1. Volume 7, Number 1, May, 1951, 32 numbered pages - cover picture: Ted Elliott
  2. Front Page Personalities - Ted Elliott
  3. Suspension - Harry Stanley
  4. The Hypogastric Hen or "An Egg a Day Keeps the Axe Away!" - Ken de Courcy
  5. A Novel Thimble-Holder
  6. Tricolour - Len Belcher
  7. The Second Seer - Jack Shepherd
  8. Pre-cognition - Rupert Gilbert
  9. If I Were Presenting - series by George Blake
  10. A Sure Bet ... Card in Wallet...
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Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson
The Gen Volume 6 (1950) by Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson

On the covers are

  • Ken de Courcy
  • Jimmie Bates
  • Willane
  • Henk Vermeyden
  • His Honour Judge Wethered O.B.E.
  • Charles Tabor
  • Chan Canasta
  • Harry Venson
  • Joe Stuthard and Kay
  • Al Koran
  • George Grimmond
  • George Blake
384 pages
  1. Volume 6, Number 1, May, 1950, 32 numbered pages - cover picture: Ken de Courcy
  2. Front Page Personalities - Ken de Courcy
  3. Change - and Change Again - Ken de Courcy
  4. A Rough Idea - Len Belcher
  5. Latex Limericks - Wm. J. Bate
  6. Making Do! - Michael F. Rogers
  7. Supersonic Brainwave - Lewis Ganson
  8. Billy McComb's "Irish Stew" - Chitter-Chatter-Patter
  9. Convincing Chatter...
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The Gen Volume 5 (1949) by Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson

On the covers are

  • The Johnstones
  • Edward W. Dart
  • J. K. Bays
  • Maurice Fogel
  • Lewis Ganson and Jo
  • Sydney de Hempsey
  • Jack Salvin
  • Val and Al Sharpe
  • Col Ling Soo
  • Len Belcher
  • Hubert Lambert
  • G. C. Alyn Jones
384 pages
  1. Volume 5, Number 1, May, 1949, 32 numbered pages - cover picture: The Johnstones
  2. Another Step Forward ... - editor's letter
  3. Front Page Personality - The Johnstones [George]
  4. Routined Manipulation - series by Lewis Ganson
    • Section One: Cigarettes
      • In the beginning ...
      • Lighted Cigarettes
        • Requirements and Preparation
        • Manipulations ...
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Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson
The Gen Volume 4 (1948) by Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson

On the covers are

  • Edward Pearce
  • Devano
  • John Booth
  • Fred & Beatrice Mills
  • Billy McComb & June Cochrane
140 pages
  1. Volume 4, Number 1, December, 1948, 28 numbered pages - cover picture: Edward Pearce
  2. Front Page Personality - Edward Pearce
  3. map to Unique Magic
  4. Jam Jars to You! - George Sylvestre
  5. Sheer Silk - Douglas Francis
  6. Open and Shut Case - Len Belcher
  7. Soft Drinks - Harry Stanley
  8. Flash Silk Routine - Billy McComb
  9. Children's Patter for the Flash Silk Production - June Cochrane
  10. Going Mental - Harry Stanley
  11. "Spelling Lesson" Routine - Magico
  12. Novelty Stage Opening - Bays ...
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The Gen Volume 3 (1947) by Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson

Some topics are

  • Accent on Manipulation
  • Loading a Cigarette
  • Furst's Comedy Spelling Trick
  • The Jolly Miller
  • Paralytic Vision
  • "Hickory, Dickory, Dock"
336 pages
  1. Volume 3, Number 1, December, 1947, 28 numbered pages
  2. Let's Have a Chat - editor's letter
  3. Accent on Manipulation - column
  4. Loading a Cigarette - For the Card in Cigarette Trick - Cecil Keech
  5. Furst's Comedy Spelling Trick - Arnold Furst (U.S.A.)
  6. Cartoon Corner - column by Ted Elliott
  7. A Note on Feathered Darts
  8. You Need Glasses! - R. F. Price
  9. The Jolly Miller - L. A. Belcher
  10. Attaboy Again!
  11. letter from Eric Williams ...
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Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson
The Gen Volume 26 (1970) by Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson

On the covers are

  • M. D. Smith, Dai Vernon, Faucett Ross, Martin Gardner, and Jerry Lukins
  • Christopher Woodward
  • Kovari
148 pages
  1. Volume 26, Number 1, May-June, 1970, 52 numbered pages - cover picture: Marshall D. Smith (seated with, left to right) unknown magician, Jerry Lukins, Faucett Ross, Martin Gardner, and Dai Vernon
  2. Menu - Table of Contents
  3. From The Gen Desk - comments from Lewis Ganson
  4. Card Magic
    1. Potty Printing - Joe Riding
    2. Aberration! - Hugh Miller
    3. Deck Switch - Harry Stanley
    4. Tattoo - Mel Davis
    5. The Mark - Sid Carter
      • Card Stab
      • Coin Divination ...
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Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson
The Gen Volume 25 (1969) by Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson

On the covers are

  • Harry Stanley
  • Tom Parker
  • Tan Choon Tee
  • Jens Korth
  • Harvey Rosenthal
  • Neville Wiltshire
  • Bert Douglas
  • Keith Clark
  • Stuart Leith and Gladys
  • Alexander Adrion
  • Carl Ballantine
  • Al Mann
  1. Volume 25, Number 1, May, 1969, 24 numbered pages - cover picture: Harry Stanley
  2. From The Gen Desk - comments from Lewis Ganson
  3. Magic for Youngsters
    • Konjuring for Kids, Part V - Apparatus Tricks - Jack Gittings
  4. Magic for the Pocket
    • Colour Blind - Trevor Dawson
  5. Money Magic
    • Hocus Pocus Coin - using any kind of folding coin, with routines - Al Koran ...
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The Gen Volume 24 (1968) by Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson

On the covers are

  • Alan Alan
  • Roy Baker
  • Will Ayling
  • William Zavis
  • Albert Goshman
  • Valerie Swadling
  • Dennis Allen
  • Ed Mishell
  • Dave Campbell
  • Jack Gittings
  • Bobby Bernard
  • Cliff Osman
296 pages
  1. Volume 24, Number 1, May, 1968, 22 numbered pages - cover picture: Alan Alan
  2. From The Gen Desk - comments from Lewis Ganson
  3. Just Between Us - Part Three - William Zavis
    • The Running Side Steal
    • Luck, Numerology, Coincidence - Magic!
  4. Close Up Magic
    • Miniature Predicto Frame - Magini
  5. Card Magic
    • Two from Sellers - Tom Sellers
      • The Double Turnover Pass ...
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Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson
The Gen Volume 23 (1967) by Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson

On the covers are

  • Peter Oran
  • Larry Jennings
  • Milton Kort
  • Rev. Stephen Blood
  • Dai Vernon, Bruce Cervon, Steve Young
  • John Shearer
  • Rink
  • Jacques Dugour
  • Tom Johnston
  • Fugi Fuchs
  • Bob Batey (Navette)
  • Richard and Mary Suey
288 pages
  1. Volume 23, Number 1, May, 1967, 24 numbered pages - cover picture: Peter Oran - Magic from Holland Issue
  2. From The Gen Desk - comments from Lewis Ganson
  3. Money Magic
    • "Do It Yourself" Bank Notes - Peter Oran
  4. Coin Through the Table - Alvara
  5. Close Up Magic
    • The Mouse Paddle - Eddie Taytelbaum
  6. Mental and Spirit Magic
    • Blank Card...
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Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson
The Gen Volume 22 (1966) by Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson

On the covers are

  • Al Spackman, Al Brema
  • John Gilliland
  • Dennis Patten
  • Tony Shiels
  • Alan Kennaugh
  • Maurice Rooklyn
  • Eddie Joseph
  • Jim Cook - Campbell McRae
  • John Alborough
  • Graham Wilson and Hazel
  • Ricky Lester
  • Max Murdoch - Sanara
324 pages
  1. Volume 22, Number 1, May, 1966, 28 numbered pages - cover picture: Al Spackamn
  2. From The Gen Desk - comments from Lewis Ganson
  3. Silken Bombshell - Extra - A. Del Roy
  4. Mental and Spirit Magic
    • Noted Number - Al Spackman
  5. Magic for Youngsters
    • Attention - Children's Entertainers! - Part One - Cyro
      • A. My Grandma went...
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Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson
The Gen Volume 21 (1965) by Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson

On the covers are

  • Arnold De Seiver
  • Harold Taylor
  • Billy Day
  • George Hammerton
  • Dick Scott (Yimka)
  • Anverdi
  • Ross Bertram
  • Drew Masters
  • Bayard Grimshaw and Harry Stanley
  • Oscar Paulson
  • Finn Jon (Finn Hauger)
  • Hugh Miller
336 pages
  1. Volume 21, Number 1, May, 1965, 28 numbered pages - cover picture: Arnold de Seiver
  2. From The Gen Desk - comments from Lewis Ganson
  3. Close Up Magic
    • Slydini and Delmin's Popper - Horace Bennett
      1. Variations on the [Syldini] "Flyaway Coin" Routine
      2. Delmini's Popper
  4. New Lamps for Old - series by Rink of Holland
    • One-Two-None ...
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Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson
The Gen Volume 20 (1964) by Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson

On the covers are

  • Roy Baker
  • Esme Levante
  • Al Flosso
  • Jay Ose
  • The Magic Castle
  • Roger Crosthwaite
  • Jack Mayes
  • Oliver Mackenzie
  • Horace Bennett
  • Bob Olson
  • Valerie and Robert Swadling
  • Keith Lawrence
332 pages
  1. Volume 20, Number 1, May, 1964, 28 numbered pages - cover picture: Roy Baker
  2. From The Gen Desk - comments from Lewis Ganson
  3. Mainly Manipulative
    • Tissue Vanish - Robert Hamilton
  4. Magic with Apparatus
    • Out of the Rut - or The Devil of a Box - Norman Rhodes
  5. Money Magic
    • Hypno-Tisn't - Horace Bennett
  6. Magic for Youngsters
    • Turkish Delight...
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