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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.

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Lewis Ganson

Magic of the Mind by Lewis GansonThis 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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Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson

The Gen by Harry Stanley & Lewis GansonThe 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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Michael Colley

The Gen Index by Michael ColleyThe GEN Index covers the 26 volumes of Harry Stanley's GEN, plus the two issues of the New GEN.

There are four sections:

  1. List of categories and their abbreviations
  2. List of footnotes
  3. List of entries by category and alphabetically by author within each category. This constitutes the main part of the index.
  4. List of entries alphabetically by author.

2nd edition 1995; 161 pages

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Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson

The Gen Volume 1 (1945) by Harry Stanley & Lewis GansonSome topics are
  • Going Mental
  • Comedy Card Production
  • Forcing a Card
  • Ghost Writing
  • A Rib Tickler
  • The Evacuee Doll
100 pages
  • Volume 1, Numbers 1-2-3, undated [reprint, Number 1 originally printed in December, 1945], 8 unnumbered pages
  • Going Mental
  • Comedy Card Production
  • Ideas - Tips - Gags and What Have You!
  • Forcing a Card
  • Interruption

  • Volume 1, Number 4, undated, 8 unnumbered pages
  • editor's letter
  • On the Spot - Theodore Annemann
  • Ghost Writing
  • A Good Gag
  • A Nice Bit of "Business"
  • The Gen Awards £10 - contest announcement
  • "Interruption Gag"

  • Volume 1, Number 5, undated, 8 unnumbered pages
  • editor's letter
  • On...
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The Gen Volume 10 (1954) by Harry Stanley & Lewis GansonOn the covers are
  • Trevor Little
  • Ali Bongo
  • Frank Baumforth
  • Francis White
  • Geoffrey Robinson
  • "Senator" Crandall
  • Harold G. Beaumont
  • Ram Das and Kim
  • Peter Warlock
  • Alex Elmsley
  • Faucett W. Ross
  • Henk Vermeyden
360 pages
  1. Volume 10, Number 1, May, 1954, 32 numbered pages - cover picture: Trevor Little
  2. Review - comments from Harry Stanley
  3. Les Ashton's Magical Alphabet - series
    • No. 7 - Ghost Tubes, Guns and Gadgets
  4. Bongo's Bargain Basement - series by Ali Bongo
    • Have a Heart!
    • Ties Up Again
    • There's a Long, Long Chain Awinding ...
    • Faked Feathers
  5. A Pair...
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The Gen Volume 11 (1955) by Harry Stanley & Lewis GansonOn the covers are
  • Dai Vernon
  • Len Vintus
  • Herbert J. Collings
  • Billy McComb
  • Mystic Craig
  • Channing Pollock
  • Tonny van Dommelen
  • Corvelo
  • The Stanleys
  • Marconick
  • Ken Scholes
  • Charles A. Rosskam
384 pages
  1. Volume 11, Number 1, May, 1955, 32 numbered pages - cover picture: Vernon on Stage
  2. Review - comments from Harry Stanley
  3. Correct Change - Charles Miller
  4. My Favourite Living and Dead Test - Dr. Raymond L. Beebe
  5. Red and Blue - Bob Haskell
  6. The Animated Mouse - Magini
  7. Front Page Personality - Vernon on Stage - Francis Ireland
  8. A Magician Explains - series by Lewis Ganson
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The Gen Volume 12 (1956) by Harry Stanley & Lewis GansonOn the covers are
  • Lewis Ganson
  • Arnold Furst
  • The Stuthard's
  • Syd Bergson
  • Lewis Ganson, The Stanleys, Ken Brooke, Jo Ganson, Mystic Craig
  • Charles A. Schoke
  • Dai Vernon
  • Richard Merry
  • Niberco Brothers
  • Tom Sellers
  • Alan Alan
  • J. G. Thompson Junior
382 pages
  1. Volume 12, Number 1, May, 1956, 24 numbered pages - cover picture: Lewis Ganson
  2. Front Page Personality - Lewis Ganson
  3. Review - comments from Harry Stanley
  4. My Comedy Rope Routine - Arthur Leo
  5. Jimmy Rogers' Ring Box - Tom Sellers
  6. Len Belcher Presents - series
    • Atomic Gun
    • Space Gun
  7. A Magician Explains - series...
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The Gen Volume 13 (1957) by Harry Stanley & Lewis GansonOn the covers are
  • Ron Urban
  • Ed Marlo
  • Frederica
  • June Merlin
  • Michael and Valerie Bailey
  • ?
  • Levante
  • Donald G. Crombie
  • Nelson Downs
  • Remo Inzani
  • Clifford Davis
  • John Young
383 pages
  1. Volume 13, Number 1, May, 1957, 32 numbered pages - cover picture: Ron Urban
  2. Front Page Personality - Ron Urban
  3. Review - comments from Harry Stanley
  4. The Magic of Coins - series by Charles Kingston (California, USA)
    • One - Such Flimsy Material
  5. More Finishing Touches - Nic Niberco (Hollnad)
    • Simplified Hofzinser Top Change - and a Trick
    • The Changing Card
  6. A Trio from Tom Sellers ...
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The Gen Volume 14 (1958) by Harry Stanley & Lewis GansonThe Gen, Volume 14, Lewis Ganson, editor - new editor

On the covers are

  • Will Ayling
  • Dai Vernon
  • Slydini
  • Harry Blackstone
  • Phoa Yan Tiong
  • Harold G. Beaumont
  • Milton Woodward and Millicent Cooper
  • Rink
  • Maurice Rooklyn
  • Harry Hickson
  • Dany Ray
  • John Ramsay
384 pages

  1. Volume 14, Number 1, May, 1958, 32 numbered pages - cover picture: Will Ayling
  2. Front Page Personality - Will Ayling
  3. From The Gen Desk - comments from Lewis Ganson
  4. A new Card Fan - Dudley Fossum (Wisconsin, USA)
  5. Lewis Ganson Explains - series
    • Juggling Tumbler - Will Ayling
  6. Bento's Bat - Bento (Holland) ...
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The Gen Volume 15 (1959) by Harry Stanley & Lewis GansonThe Gen, Volume 15, Lewis Ganson, editor

On the covers are

  • Don Lawton
  • Bob Lawrence
  • Wilfred Tyler
  • Murray
  • Jac Olten
  • John Giordmaine
  • Ernest Wethered
  • Archie Tear
  • Frank Brooker
  • Chan Canasta
  • Hubert Lambert
  • Sam Hughes
310 pages
  1. Volume 15, Number 1, May, 1959, 34 numbered pages - Gala Issue cover picture: Don Lawton
  2. Front Page Personality - Don Lawton
  3. From The Gen Desk - comments from Lewis Ganson
  4. Magic for the Pocket
    • Pocket Size Indian Rope - Aenigma (Holland)
  5. Mental and Spirit Magic
    • Behind My Blackboard - Dr. Stanley Jaks (USA)
  6. New Lamps for Old...
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The Gen Volume 16 (1960) by Harry Stanley & Lewis GansonOn the covers are
  • Al Koran
  • Allan Jamieson
  • Lloyd E. Jones
  • Gerald Kosky
  • Peter Pit
  • Douglas Francis
  • Lewis Ganson
  • Mavis Murrell
  • Don Alan
  • Iris and Lester Sharpe
  • Laurence Glen
  • The Tornedo's
304 pages
  1. Volume 16, Number 1, May, 1960, 24 numbered pages - cover picture: Al Koran
  2. From The Gen Desk - comments from Lewis Ganson
  3. Card Magic
    • Rainbow Pips - Bernard Shaw
  4. Card Seance - John Howie
  5. New Lamps for Old - series by Rink of Holland
    • The Sailor's Trick
  6. Lewis Ganson Explains - series
    • Penetration of a Cigarette
  7. Magic with Apparatus
    • Portfolio...
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The Gen Volume 17 (1961) by Harry Stanley & Lewis GansonOn the covers are
  • Hugh Wylie
  • Fred Lowe
  • Docteur J. Dhotel
  • Dorothy and Al Roberts
  • Hans Anderson and Jeanette
  • George L. Boston
  • Bill Simon
  • Jimmy Findlay
  • Johnny Hart
  • Glenn G. Gravatt
  • Ken Brooke
  • Sitta
340 pages
  1. Volume 17, Number 1, May, 1961, 32 numbered pages - cover picture: Hugh Wylie
  2. From The Gen Desk - comments from Lewis Ganson
  3. Card Magic
    • Dice Scripto - Frederica
  4. Take It Slowly - Robert Hamilton
  5. Silk Magic
    • A Silken Interlude - Hugh Wylie
  6. Improvement for the "Knife and Square Papers" - Jean Charles (France)
  7. New Lamps for Old - series by Rink of Holland ...
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The Gen Volume 18 (1962) by Harry Stanley & Lewis GansonOn the covers are
  • Albert Verity
  • John Ramsay
  • Tom Morley
  • Chris Woodward
  • Ralph Chart
  • Eddie Taytelbaum
  • Evelyn Rose
  • Leslie May
  • Kovari
  • Andrew Dalziel
  • Ludow
  • David Hemingway
  1. Volume 18, Number 1, May, 1962, 28 numbered pages - cover picture: Albert Verity
  2. From The Gen Desk - comments from Lewis Ganson
  3. New Lamps for Old - series by Rink of Holland
    • Double Knot Release
  4. The Homing Matches - Rink
  5. Coins Across - Rink
  6. Corner Count - Tom Sellers
  7. Mental and Spirit Magic
    • Colour Television - John Bragoli
  8. A Sel-Dem Prediction - Jesse Demaline
  9. Lewis Ganson Explains...
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The Gen Volume 19 (1963) by Harry Stanley & Lewis GansonOn the covers are
  • Val Andrews
  • Ron MacMillan
  • Dr. Raymond L. Beebe
  • Frank Garcia
  • Sydney Lawrence
  • Eddie Dexter
  • Jack Gillespie
  • De Vega
  • J. A. M. Howie
  • Roger Klause
  • John Booth
  • Dino
336 pages
  1. Volume 19, Number 1, May, 1963, 28 numbered pages - cover picture: Val Andrews
  2. From The Gen Desk - comments from Lewis Ganson
  3. Magic with Apparatus
    • Presentation of Cylindro - George Durant
  4. Magic for the Pocket
    • I.O.U. - An Original Pocket Trick - Edward Victor
  5. Mental and Spirit Magic
    • Murray on Mentalism
  6. Psychojazzology - John Bragoli
  7. Just a Few Words and Bits and Pieces...
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The Gen Volume 2 (1946) by Harry Stanley & Lewis GansonSome topics are
  • The Last Card - a routine for children
  • Stretching a Rope
  • "Flip" Card Discovery
  • Anything for a Laugh
  • Wax and Thread
  • Snippo
  • A Flash Slate Tip
248 pages
  1. Volume 2, Number 1, December, 1946, 16 numbered pages
  2. Let's Have a Chat - editor's letter
  3. The Art of Entertaining Children, and a novel Opening Item - Eric P. Wilson
  4. From "Tops," November, 1946. It's Happened to You - Wilton S. Clements [how to work with an M.C.]
  5. Reproduction of a Note - Norman Rashleigh
  6. Watch for a Rabbit - Douglas Francis

  1. Volume 2, Number 2, January, 1947, 16 numbered pages
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The Gen Volume 20 (1964) by Harry Stanley & Lewis GansonOn 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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The Gen Volume 21 (1965) by Harry Stanley & Lewis GansonOn 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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The Gen Volume 22 (1966) by Harry Stanley & Lewis GansonOn 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
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The Gen Volume 23 (1967) by Harry Stanley & Lewis GansonOn 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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The Gen Volume 24 (1968) by Harry Stanley & Lewis GansonOn 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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