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U. F. Grant's Lost Illusion Secrets Revealed
by Devin Knight & Ulysses Frederick Grant


#3 Illusions, Escape & Stage author
$35

(2 reviews, 5 customer ratings) ★★★★

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U. F. Grant's Lost Illusion Secrets Revealed by Devin Knight & Ulysses Frederick Grant

This is the largest collection of U. F. Grant illusions and illusionettes every assembled. It took Devin Knight several years to compile this collection. Grant wrote a few books on illusions such as: 15 Great Illusions, Chinese Magic and Illusions, Modern Levitations, Victory Carton Illusions, Grant's Illusion Secrets, and many others. However, most of the illusions in this PDF were not included in those manuscripts.

Over the years, Grant sold many manuscripts that just contained one illusion along with building plans in most cases. (Some of these were released by Percy Abbott in his catalog without credit to U. F. Grant.) This compilation is a collection of those plans released by Grant and also in the early Abbott Magic catalogs.

Most of these plans are near impossible to find nowadays and most of the ideas and plans will be new to the majority of magicians. The manuscripts have new typeset, corrected errors and added photos. Included are scans of the ads for some of these illusions and illusionettes. The scans are interesting in themselves, although many are from old and yellowed magic catalogs.

Magicians and illusionists will have a field day with the information in this PDF as it contains Grant ideas that would have been lost forever to most performers. More than 50 illusion ideas and plans are included:

  • The Best Packing Box Escape
  • Grant's Super-Duper Suspension
  • Menge's Suitcase Suspension
  • Grant's Electric Chair Stunt
  • The Girl In The Shower
  • Chinaman's Hop Dream
  • Where's That Girl?
  • The Fantastic Doorway
  • Chen Lee's Laundry Bag
  • Arabian Mystery Cabinet
  • Aladdin's Lamp
  • Mazda Ice Sensation
  • A Table Lamp Floats
  • Menge's Substitution Chest
  • Sensational Sack Escape
  • Menge's Superior Suspension
  • Menge's Dagger Chest (No Mirrors)
  • Vest Pocket Altar Lights
  • Grant's Zombie Illusion
  • Grant's Suspension
  • Barrel and Broom Illusion
  • Hands-Off
  • Improved Victory Substitution
  • Last Word On Hindu Rope Trick
  • Grant's Trunk Trick
  • The Invulnerable Lady
  • The Vanishing Automobile & Boy
  • Moving Picture Act
  • Walking Through A Steel Plate
  • Spot-Lite Girl Vanish
  • Santa Clause Arrives
  • Magician-Ghost and Girl
  • Nite Club Girl Vanish
  • The Skeletons Dine
  • The Departed Spirit Illusion
  • Girl's Head In Fishbowl Illusion
  • Marvelous Devil Illusion
  • Shooting Through A Woman
  • Another Hindu Rope Trick
  • Nu-Way Doll House
  • Sensational Pony Vanish
  • The Ghost and Witch Illusion
  • The Doctor and Nurse Illusion
  • Spike Through Neck Illusionette
  • Grant's Headless Illusion
  • Electra Neck Spiker Illusionette
  • Tiger-Scape
  • Flat Model Head Chest
  • The French Guillotine
  • Bengal Net Illusionette
  • The Flying Carpet
  • Sword Thru Neck
  • Bunny Girl Illusion
  • The Girl On Three Swords
  • Modern Sawing Through A Girl
  • Lucite Rod Thru Body
  • The Head Hunt- Sucker Die Box With Human Head
  • Ideas For Kellar Blue Room
A must read for any U. F. Grant fan as you will learn secrets you didn't know.

1st edition 2017, 172 pages.
word count: 30212 which is equivalent to 120 standard pages of text



Reviewed by Frederic Clement (confirmed purchase)
★★★★   Date Added: Tuesday 02 April, 2024

Very interesting compilation of illusions and documents written by U.F. Grant. Dozens of great illusions ideas and principles that can be adapted to fit your own show. This is a historical book, so you have to know in advance that some principles are outdated for today's reality. Also, a few illustrations are missing, mostly in the last section. However, you have to read it to get your own imagination stimulated to create your own stuff, and most of the illusions that don't have illustrations, you can figure out what it's supposed to look like. But still, many of the illusions in this book can be used as is, and they are near perfect as is! Even if you only use one of them in your show, it's gotta easily repay the price of the book. Talking about the price, it seems a little too pricy to me, compared to other books of that age, and of public domain. $20 or $25 would have been more appropriate. But that being said, I don't regret my purchase and I would buy it again knowing what I know now...

Reviewed by David Nethery (confirmed purchase)
★★★★   Date Added: Tuesday 02 June, 2020

I’m an admirer of the creative genius of U.F. Grant, so I was hoping to get more out of viewing the “Missing Files” of “U. F. Grant's Lost Illusion Secrets Revealed”, but I would have to say this PDF is way over-priced for what it is. $5.00 might be a fair price, but $35.00 is too much. The description of this PDF file says:

“Over the years, Grant sold many manuscripts that just contained one illusion along with building plans in most cases. (Some of these were released by Percy Abbott in his catalog without credit to U. F. Grant.) This compilation is a collection of those plans released by Grant and also in the early Abbott Magic catalogs.

Most of these plans are near impossible to find nowadays and most of the ideas and plans will be new to the majority of magicians. The manuscripts have new typeset, corrected errors and added photos.”

Several of the illusions described have no plans or illustrations at all, most have only a few crude sketches that get the basic idea across, but offer little practical guidance on how you would actually build or perform these illusions. Some do have plans with actual dimensions given, but overall the building directions are sparse.

The description -- “The manuscripts have new typeset, corrected errors and added photos” -- gave me the impression that these various old plans and ideas had been substantially edited and updated with the addition of photo illustrations of the illusions, but the “added photos” are simply a few generic stock photos found on the internet:

- On page 18 a stock photo (with the 123rf.com watermarks still visible ... you're supposed to pay the licensing fee if you use stock images) of a girl with a towel wrapped around her for “The Girl in the Shower” illusion, but this stock photo has nothing specifically to do with the Grant illusion, it’s just a cheesecake photo of a pretty girl with a towel around her.

- On page 112 a stock photo of Santa Claus accompanies the “Santa Claus Arrives” illusion, but again this stock photo has nothing to do with illustrating how the illusion would look or how to build it, it’s simply a stock photo of Santa Claus.

- On page 142 there is a photo of a child’s rubber boot, in connection with the “Farmer and the Witch” illusion where it says: “Some performers who are using this illusion have made cloth ‘boots’ to match the costumes, In the event that the audience should get a glimpse of the feet of the children, the shoes will not give the illusion away. Instead of the cloth boots, you could use the cheap plastic boots which are sold for children in the winter time.”

- On page 143 a stock photo of a surgeon and a nurse in surgical masks is printed at the start of the description for “The Doctor and the Nurse Illusion”.

- On page 165 for “The Bunny-Girl Illusion” a stock photo of a girl in a sort of "Playboy Bunny" type of costume grabbed from a Halloween store website. It has nothing to do with the illusion, except the suggestion that “The girl should, of course, be dressed in the popular bunny costume — bunny ears, white collar and cotton tail.”

- On page 167 a photo of the “Girl on Three Swords Illusion”, but it’s simply a photo of the prop as seen by the audience at the start of the illusion, three swords standing upright on a small platform. There is no description or photo of how to make the gimmick.

None of the 6 stock photos included are of any use in helping someone to build or perform the illusions described, so the mention in the description of “added photos” as a selling point is rather misleading.