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Lewis Ganson

#3 Coins, Chips & Buttons 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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Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson
The Gen by Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson

The Gen magazine was published by Harry Stanley just after the war. The first issue came out in December 1945. The magazine was published for 26 years with 303 issues covering a total of 8,685 pages. Lewis Ganson, one of the greatest British magical writers ever, was the editor until the magazine changed hands in 1971. It continued under the editorship of Val Andrews for a further two issues as the New Gen.

Virtually every known name in the world of post-war magic made a contribution to the Gen or was featured in its columns. Ken Brooke, for example, contributed 27 items and even the final issue, under...

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Lewis Ganson
The Art of Close-Up Magic Volume 1 (used) by Lewis Ganson

Hardcover book with dust-jacket. Dust-jacket has some minor damage on the lower edge and some minor soiling. Dust-jacket 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 & Dai Vernon
Symphony of the Rings (used) by Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon

First edition softcover stapled. Some pages have a tiny tear on the bottom edge. Published by Harry Stanley. Exlibris of Weirdo and Margaret Yates. For details on contents see the digital edition.

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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 Art of Close-Up Magic Volume 1 by Lewis Ganson

Probably the greatest collection of close-up tricks ever assembled. And no card tricks are included in this first volume. It is so important not only because of its size (see the humongous table of contents below) and quality, but because the author has gone beyond the mere explanations of tricks and routines. The opening chapter, 'The Presentation of Close-Up Magic', embraces the whole approach to close-up performance. Includes hundreds of illustrations by Dennis Patten.

1st edition 1967, 344 pages; PDF 254 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword

    Chapter One: The Presentation Of Close-Up...

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Lewis Ganson
The Art of Close-Up Magic Volume 2 by Lewis Ganson

The second volume continues with more than 60 outstanding close-up routines from the best names in magic.

1st edition 1967, 300 pages; PDF 184 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword

    Chapter 1: Destroyed & Restored

  2. Cut & Restored Silk
  3. Yarn Trick
  4. Ten Shilling Note Trick
  5. Torn & Restored Cigarette Paper
  6. Bennett's Boner
  7. Note In Cigarette

    Chapter 2: Three Rings For Dai Vernon

    Chapter 3: Mainly Mental

  8. Seven Colours Of Wisdom
  9. Elizabeth Arden
  10. The Taste Tells
  11. Mollusca Mental
  12. Idento
  13. Noted Number
  14. Pseudo Psychometry
  15. Transversale
  16. Licensed Telepathy

    Chapter 4: Novel Necromancy

  17. Miniature...
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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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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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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
The Dai Vernon Book of Magic by Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon

I was lucky that I stumbled across this book very early on in my magic development. It had a huge impact on how I approached magic and how I think today about magic. The introductory chapter "The Vernon Touch" should be mandatory reading for every magician. I would go so far as to recommend re-reading it every year. Martin Breese wrote: "One of the most important books of magic ever written." Max Holden said: "I consider Vernon the greatest man with a pack of cards of the present day." Many consider Dai Vernon, the professor, as one who had probably the biggest impact on magic in recent times. ...

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Lewis Ganson
The Ganson Book by Lewis Ganson

This book is part biographical, a history of Lewis Ganson - one of the most prolific authors of magic, and a lot of wonderful magic.

It is written in Ganson's usual well-written, well-articulated style. Cards, coins, money magic, mental magic, cups and balls, and much more.

1st edition 1982; 232 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Dedication
  2. Bibliography
  3. Contents
  4. Index of Photographs
  5. A Tribute to Lewis Ganson Evening (Edwin Hooper)
  6. Introduction
  7. A Tribute from Dai Vernon
  8. The Music Room
  9. Jess
  10. The Burford Arms
  11. A Magician at the Bar
  12. The Cap and Pence
  13. Ellis Stanyon's Limit Four Ace Trick
  14. Moving On
  15. My Start in Magic
  16. Jack...
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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
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
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
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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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 & 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 & 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
Routined Manipulation Finale by Lewis Ganson

The final book of the Routined Manipulation series. (Click here for Part 1 and Part 2.) More great hand magic for both close up and stage by some of the greatest magicians of all times.

  • Anti Gravity Glasses: A feature of Ganson's act for years. Three glasses suspend from a clear sheet of plexiglass. Everything is examinable. This was a marketed item by Unique Studios for many years and now you can easily make this up at home and use it.
  • Fred Kaps Coins and Glass Routine: This is the exact routine used by Fred Kaps throughout his career. One of the finest routines with coins ever!
  • Peter Warlock's Take a Bow:...
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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
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
Routined Manipulation Volume 1 and 2 by Lewis Ganson

This is a combined softcover reprint of both volumes:

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Lewis Ganson
Reelistic Magic by Lewis Ganson

A collection of tricks, stunts and bits of business using a reel.

A reel is a very powerful stage and parlor tool. (In its miniature versions it can even be used in close-up environments.) It is small enough that it can be easily palmed, but powerful enough to pull silks, cords and other items in a fraction of a second. It is like an invisible hand that the performer can use at his command.

Includes care, repair and maintenance of reels.

  • The Reel
  • Re-Threading The Reel
  • Ken Brooke's Method For "The Untying Silk"
  • The Self-Tying Silk
  • The Untying Silk Again
  • Penetrations With Silk ...
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Lewis Ganson
Rink's Rope and Ring Penetrations by Lewis Ganson

This profusely illustrated booklet. with 66 nice clear drawings, teaches you a complete and seemingly impossible rope and ring routine from Rink. The name of Rink of Holland is tied to many wonderful tricks and routines.

This Ganson description is, as always, a masterpiece and tells all you need to know to fool your audience with a simple piece of rope (with a little preparation) and a ring.

From the introduction

This series of penetrations was built up over a long period of time. The main theme is the linking and unlinking of a solid ring onto a piece of rope, the ends of which have...

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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
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
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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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
The Crabtree Connection (used) by Lewis Ganson

Booklet stapled in very good condition.

Torn playing cards link together. It is a variation of Cardboard Connection by Paul Harris utilizing an alternate gaff. Photos and detailed description by Lewis Ganson. It also includes Jim Cozzens instructions for preparing the linked cards set.

1st edition 1981, 16 pages.

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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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Lewis Ganson & Rovi
Rovi Reveals Teach-In (used) by Lewis Ganson & Rovi

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

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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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