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The Gen Volume 5 (1949)

by Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson
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The Gen Volume 5 (1949) by Harry Stanley & Lewis Ganson
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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
  5. Rope Sequence - J. K. Bays
  6. Round Tables
  7. Chatter from the Dressing Room - Douglas Francis
  8. Passing Fashion - Len Belcher
  9. Al Koran's Kard Kolumn - Al Koran
    • Stop Me if You Can - Ted Martin
  10. He Who Laughs ...! (The First of a Series) - Geoffrey Robinson, compiler
  11. Children's Corner - series by Wilfred H. Tyler
  12. Books
    • about Howard P. Albright
    • Sid Lorraine's column in Tops
  13. Going Mental - Will Dexter
    • Forethought Ex 4
    • If You're Slow
    • Pipe-dreams Set to Music

  1. Volume 5, Number 2, June, 1949, 32 numbered pages - cover picture: Edward W. Dart
  2. Editorial - editor's letter
  3. Front Page Personality - Edward W. Dart
  4. Routined Manipulation - series by Lewis Ganson
    • Section One: Cigarettes [continued]
  5. This and That - column by Freddie Carter
  6. He Who Laughs ...! (The Second of a Series) - Geoffrey Robinson, compiler
  7. Mental Notes - column by Will Dexter
    • New Twist to the Sum Test
    • Music in Mind
  8. Al Koran's Swami Hold-Out
  9. Information Please? - Douglas Francis
  10. Al Koran's K.A.R.D. Kolumn - Al Koran
    • Sleight of the Month: The 'Crimp'
      • How to Crimp for Location
      • The Location Using the Crimp
    • Trick of the Month: Koran's "Miracle Prediction"
  11. "Impromptu" Miser's Dream - Chavel
  12. Comedy Bits - George Johnstone (U.S.A.)
  13. Billy McComb's "Irish Stew" - Chitter-Chatter-Patter
    • Policy
    • Your Name
  14. Children's Corner - series by Wilfred H. Tyler

  1. Volume 5, Number 3, July, 1949, 32 numbered pages - cover picture: J. K. Bays
  2. Editorial - editor's letter
  3. Front Page Personality - J. K. Bays
  4. Routined Manipulation - series by Lewis Ganson
    • Section One: Cigarettes [continued]
      • The Routine
  5. Travel Picture - Len Belcher
  6. He Who Laughs ...! (The Third of a Series) - Geoffrey Robinson, compiler
  7. Knots or Nuts - Jean Poisson
  8. This and That - column by Freddie Carter
  9. Children's Corner - series by Wilfred H. Tyler
  10. Air-Borne Andy - Len Belcher
  11. Billy McComb's "Irish Stew" - Chitter-Chatter-Patter
  12. Mental Notes - column by Will Dexter
    • Remote Control
  13. Al Koran's K.A.R.D. Kolumn - Al Koran
    • The Crimp Force (Al Koran)
    • Douglas Francis
    • The Clutching Card
  14. Bulbo - Ken de Courcy
  15. Rather Shaky! - Ravelle and Andree

  1. Volume 5, Number 4, August, 1949, 32 numbered pages - cover picture:
  2. Editorial - editor's letter
  3. Front Page Personality - Maurice Fogel
  4. Al Koran's K.A.R.D. Kolumn - Al Koran
    • The "Buckle Count"
    • Koran's Solo Aces
  5. Multum in Parvo
  6. The Nitwitian Album - Eric "Nit-Wit" Williams
  7. This and That - A breath of the North - column by Freddie Carter
  8. Lighter and Lighter - Ken de Courcy
  9. Routined Manipulation - series by Lewis Ganson
    • Section One: Cigarettes [continued]
      • Performance
  10. Billy McComb's "Irish Stew" - Chitter-Chatter-Patter
  11. The Egg on Fan Routine - Lewis Ganson
  12. He Who Laughs ...! (The Fourth of a Series) - Geoffrey Robinson, compiler
  13. Our Team - J. K. Bays
  14. Children's Corner - series by Wilfred H. Tyler
  15. Homework - Len Belcher
  16. Mental Notes - column by Will Dexter
    • For the Mathematical Mind
    • Telepathic Tape
    • No-Feke Pencil
  17. Tip for a Flap - Len Belcher

  1. Volume 5, Number 5, September, 1949, 32 numbered pages - cover picture: Lewis Ganson and Jo
  2. Front Page Personalities - Lewis Ganson and Jo
  3. The Walnut Shells and Pea - Lewis Ganson
    • 1. The Shells
    • 2. The Pea
    • 3. The Working Surface
    • 4. The "basic" Move
    • 5. The "Kick" Steal
    • 6. The Finger on the Shell
    • The Routine
    • Notes
  4. The New Look - J. K. Bays
  5. Mental Notes - column by Will Dexter
    • Front Page Prediction
  6. Children's Corner - series by Wilfred H. Tyler
    • Joker Slate - Len Belcher
  7. This and That - A breath of the North - column by Freddie Carter
  8. He Who Laughs ...! (The Fifth of a Series) - Geoffrey Robinson, compiler
    • Len Belcher
  9. Al Koran's K.A.R.D. Kolumn - Al Koran
    • The Ever-Ready Speller
    • Photo Mentality - J. K. Bays
  10. Devano Rising Cards - A "Houlette" Suggestion - Reg. Pocklington
  11. Cuckoob - Len Belcher
  12. The M.H. Rabbit Production - Maurice Hurling
  13. Tissue Paper to Flowers - Il Mago
  14. Brown Ale! - Will Tedder
  15. The Extra Pocket

  1. Volume 5, Number 6, October, 1949, 32 numbered pages - cover picture: Sydney de Hempsey
  2. Editorial - editor's letter
  3. Front Page Personalities - Sydney de Hempsey
  4. Routined Manipulation - series by Lewis Ganson
    • Section Three: "Matchic"
      • Requirements
      • Routine
  5. Comedy in Magic - Eric Williams
  6. Al Koran's K.A.R.D. Kolumn - Al Koran
    • Top Change (Koran)
    • The Invisible Card
  7. This and That - A breath of the North - column by Freddie Carter
  8. Mental Notes - column by Will Dexter
    • E.S.P. Set-Up
    • Table Raps When You Want Them
  9. He Who Laughs ...! (The Sixth of a Series) - Geoffrey Robinson, compiler
    • Zingaree
    • J. K. Bays
  10. Children's Corner - series by Wilfred H. Tyler
    • Tommy Rowe
  11. Additional Sleights for the "Walnut Shells and Pea" - Lewis Ganson
    • To Steal the Pea
    • The Tea Cup
    • Pic-a-back
    • The "Spread"
  12. The Gag Book - from Sydney de Hempsey's gag book
  13. Single Card Production - Hans Trixer
  14. Billy McComb's "Irish Stew" - Chitter-Chatter-Patter
  15. De-Hydrated Fruit - Len Belcher

  1. Volume 5, Number 7, November, 1949, 32 numbered pages - cover picture: Jack Salvin
  2. picture - The First "Happy Gathering" of The Unique Magicians Club
  3. Unique Magicians' Club - report by James Noolon
  4. Front Page Personalities - Jack Salvin
  5. Al Koran's K.A.R.D. Kolumn - Al Koran
    • Invisible Transposition - Francis Haxton
  6. Those Extra Pockets - comments from J. R. Wakefield
  7. And Beer Bottles - hint for labeling Collapsible Beer Bottles from Leslie Gummer
  8. The Phantom Ring - Ken de Courcy
  9. Framed! - Harold G. Beaumont
  10. Routined Manipulation - series by Lewis Ganson
    • Section Four: Cards
      • Gambler's Luck
  11. A "Latex" Gag - Col Ling Soo
  12. More Moves with the Shells - Hans Trixter
  13. Children's Corner - series by Wilfred H. Tyler
    • Punch - J. K. Bays
  14. The Mad Hat - Len Belcher
  15. Billy McComb's "Irish Stew" - Chitter-Chatter-Patter
  16. The De Yip Loo Sand Cups - George Johnstone (U.S.A.)
  17. A Midget Mystery - Hubert Lambert
  18. Some Total! - An Unusual Mental Item - Len Belcher
  19. A Visible Penetration - Sydney de Hempsey

  1. Volume 5, Number 8, December, 1949, 32 numbered pages - originally mis-numbered as Volume 6 - cover picture: Val and Al Sharpe
  2. Front Page Personalities - Al and Val Sharpe
  3. Unique Magicians' Club - report by James Noolon
  4. Bits and Pieces - collected by Harry Stanley
  5. Routined Manipulation - series by Lewis Ganson
    • Section Five: The Smoking Clay Pipes
  6. Cocktails - recipe
  7. The Squared Christmas Circle - Ken de Courcy
  8. Children's Corner - series by Wilfred H. Tyler
    • The Party - J. K. Bays
  9. This and That - A breath of the North - column by Freddie Carter
  10. Santa's Bag - Len Belcher
  11. A Few Vent Gags - Sydney de Hempsey
  12. News and Tricks from the Continent - column by Hans E. Trixer
    • Cig-Bulb
  13. Bill in Cigarette - Al Sharpe
  14. Al Koran's K.A.R.D. Kolumn - Al Koran
    • Multiple "Do As I Do" - Hans E. Trixer

  1. Volume 5, Number 9, January, 1950, 32 numbered pages - cover picture: Col Ling Soo
  2. Front Page Personalities - Col Ling Soo [Herbert J. Collings]
  3. Routined Manipulation - series by Lewis Ganson
    • Section Six: The Chinese Linking Rings
  4. Unique Magicians' Club - report by James Noolon
    • Torn Newspaper to Cards - Dick Turpin
  5. Double Act - Len Belcher
  6. Fifty Years of Fun - Reminiscences of a famous entertainer - series by Herbert J. Collings
  7. Bits and Pieces - collected by Harry Stanley
  8. News and Tricks from the Continent - column by Hans E. Trixer
    • The Little Houdini - A Close-up Illusion
  9. Children's Corner - series by Wilfred H. Tyler
  10. Al Koran's K.A.R.D. Kolumn - Al Koran
    • Face Your Brothers - Alexander Elmsley
  11. Lou's Sand Cups - Louis S. Histed
  12. Bottled Tube Production - Ken de Courcy
  13. Photo-Van Envelope - Tony Gripper
  14. A Climax for the Egg Bag - M. F. Rogers

  1. Volume 5, Number 10, February, 1950, 32 numbered pages - cover picture: Len Belcher
  2. Unique Week of International Magic - announcement by Harry Stanley
  3. Front Page Personalities - Len Belcher
  4. Routined Manipulation - series by Lewis Ganson
    • Section Six: The Chinese Linking Rings - continued
  5. Fifty Years of Fun - Reminiscences of a famous entertainer - series by Herbert J. Collings
  6. Witticisms - series by Herbert J. Collings
    • Improved Proverbs
    • General Wisecracks
    • Wisecracks about Famous People
    • Wisecracks for Effects with Eggs
    • Wisecracks for effects with Playing Cards
  7. Mental Notes - column by Will Dexter
  8. Unique Magicians' Club - report by James Noolon
  9. Getting the Bird - L. S. Fisher
  10. A Puzzle of a Trick - Stanley Collins
  11. Children's Corner - series by Wilfred H. Tyler
    • Saucy Sea-Lions - Len Belcher
  12. Al Koran's K.A.R.D. Kolumn - Al Koran
    • Bob Bridson's Pack Switch
    • Bridson's Perfect Stop
  13. The Cord and Card Case Mystery - Ken de Courcy
  14. Phenomenal Forecast - Jack Cook
  15. A Few More Vent Gags - Sydney de Hempsey

  1. Volume 5, Number 11, March, 1950, 32 numbered pages - cover picture: Hubert Lambert
  2. Photos from All Ireland Convention, Bettystown, 1950
  3. Eccentrics of Erin - Hubert Lambert
  4. Photos - More "Bettystown" Eccentricities
  5. Unique Convention Week - announcement by Harry Stanley
  6. Magical Miscellany from Ireland - Hubert Lambert
    • Mail Magic - Hubert Lambert
  7. Billy McComb's "Irish Stew" - Chitter-Chatter-Patter
    • Dispatch from Napoleon McComb Written from Elba, Middlesex, England
  8. The De Danaan Special - Jack Hove
  9. Slate Sorcery - Hubert Lambert
  10. Routined Manipulation - series by Lewis Ganson
    • Section Seven: Cards ... "Readapack"
  11. Unique Magicians' Club - report by James Noolon
  12. Cut and Restored £1 Note - El Mago
  13. Ken de Courcy Patters On ...
    • The Come-Hither Cigarette
  14. Passing the Time - Len Belcher
  15. Fifty Years of Fun - Reminiscences of a famous entertainer - series by Herbert J. Collings
  16. Production of a Basket of Flowers
  17. Witticisms - series by Herbert J. Collings
    • Improved Proverbs
    • General Wisecracks
    • Wisecracks about Famous People
    • Musical Wisecracks
  18. Children's Corner - series by Wilfred H. Tyler
    • Children's Just Chance
  19. Al Koran's K.A.R.D. Kolumn - Al Koran
    • Blindfold Pontoon - Gus Southall
  20. Cards on the Shoe - Fred Lowe

  1. Volume 5, Number 12, April, 1950, 32 numbered pages - cover picture: G. C. Alyn Jones
  2. Front Page Personalities - G. C. Alyn Jones
  3. Children's Corner - series by Wilfred H. Tyler
    • Three Blind Mice - Len Belcher
  4. Fifty Years of Fun - Reminiscences of a famous entertainer - series by Herbert J. Collings
  5. Witticisms - series by Herbert J. Collings
    • Improved Proverbs
    • General Wisecracks
  6. Routined Manipulation - series by Lewis Ganson
    • Section Seven: Cards ... "My Name ... Your Name"
  7. Unique Magicians' Club - report by James Noolon
  8. A Little Matter Through Matter - James Noolon
  9. The Time and the Place - Johnny Geddes
  10. Up Goes the Balloon - Hubert Lambert
  11. Scala International Magic Variety Show - announcement of talent
  12. Can You Hear Me Mother - offer from Harry Stanley
  13. Billy McComb's "Irish Stew" - Chitter-Chatter-Patter
  14. A Blooming Miracle - Len Belcher
  15. A Mental Effect - Enclosed Thought - Len Belcher
  16. Books
    • The Piddingtons - Russell Braddon
  17. Bouquets - letters of appreciation from readers

word count: 147841 which is equivalent to 591 standard pages of text

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