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Ulysses Frederick Grant

Ulysses Frederick Grant

(12th January 1901 - 1st March 1978)

Also known as Gen Grant. Pro magic dealer in New York City 1925-1939 and later in Columbus, Ohio.

Prolific inventor, including "The Farmer and the Witch" (by 1935), "Walking thru a Ribbon" (by 1937), "Alagen Rope" (with Winston Freer by 1939), "Super-X Levitation" (in 1942), "Temple Screen" (by 1945), "Devil's Newspaper" (by 1948), "Chink Cans" (by 1949), "Pig Turns Around" (by 1952), "Cow Trick" (by 1955), "Chen-Lee Water Suspension" (by 1962), "Strat-o-Spheres" (by 1962), and "Candle-Lite" (by 1963).

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Top Secret by Ulysses Frederick Grant & T. A. Whitney

Here's a no-fail method of predicting the headlines of five newspaper stories - a week in advance - without assistants, stooges, impressions, switches or gimmicked envelopes.

Want to feature a headline prediction in your act, but you don't own a prediction chest or other apparatus? Well, now you can, with this updated version of this near-impossible to find U. F. Grant creation.

Only in this updated version will you learn ways to improve the handling, add prestige to the mailing, and secure more publicity with the effect. And we've eliminated any old-fashioned ruses, leaving you with what...

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Improved Devil's Newspaper by Devin Knight & Ulysses Frederick GrantWith this novel production, you can pick up a newspaper lying flat on a table and produce a large load of solid items, even a dove, without body loads.

Many club performers would like to do a large production, but are reluctant to carry the large apparatus usually necessary for such a production. The Devil’s Newspaper is the answer to this problem. Although this item packs flat in your case, it none the less, holds a large load.

This is real appealing magic as a double-sheet of newspaper is seen flat on your table. It is picked up and shown in a slow and deliberate manner. Yet, when...

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A Table Lamp Floats by Ulysses Frederick GrantThis is included in Grant's Lost Illusion Secrets.

At last, anyone can own a floating lamp. You can have one right in your living room or den with no special lamp to buy. Yes, one of the lamps sitting around your home now can be made into a floating lamp for a few dollars.

EFFECT: Spectators see an ordinary lamp sitting on a table. You produce a covering cloth and place it over the lamp. The lamp then seems to float right up into space, high over their heads or down near the floor in a very strange manner. After its flight, it glides back to the table and once again comes to rest. This is actually what they see,...

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Grant's Thirteen Mysteries by Ulysses Frederick GrantFrom the foreword:
Mr. U. F. Grant was born in Millerton, New York on January 12, 1901. Now resides in Pittsfield, Massachusetts where he plays dates and conducts a Magic mail order trade. Ever since eight years of age he has been fooling with Magic. And to date he has invented and created over 200 new tricks and improvements on other effects. His photo appeared on the cover of The Sphinx for September 1928. His contributions to The Sphinx runs into many dozens which were well received. Mr, Grant also has received many favorable comments on his various original tricks from practically every well known...
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Illusioni ed Evasioni by Ulysses Frederick Grant"Grandi effetti, piccolo costo!" Questo motto riassume in breve le potenzialità di questo grande classico del Maestro Grant. Se cerchi numeri che stupiscano il tuo pubblico, che siano facili da eseguire e che abbiano l'aspetto di Grandi Illusioni quasi a costo zero da costruire con facilità, allora questo è quello che ti serve! Per chi conosce Grant, non ha bisogno di spiegazioni. Le sue idee semplici e geniali resistono e oltrepassano lo scorrere del tempo. Le illusioni spaziano nel campo dell'escapologia, ma non solo. Alcuni esempi sono la sua versione del Baule per la Metamorfosi con...
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The Invisible Man Effect by Ulysses Frederick GrantThis is a very rare and seldom seen release of U. F. Grant. It was released in 1934 by Nelmar and was only available from him. In this short release Grant explains several methods for creating the effect of an invisible man on stage. The invisible man is heard walking out on stage and wearing a hat, but no visible body; which the performer removes. He is heard to converse with the performer and even rock in a rocking chair. The invisible man goes out into the audience and looks at cards selected by spectators and returns to the stage and whispers them in the performer's ear so the performer...
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Fake Gambling Act by Ulysses Frederick GrantEFFECT: A ten-minute routine or act as a demonstration of how the gambler cheats. Great for close-up work or a club act. In this new act; no sleights are required. Still, you apparently deal bottoms, seconds, four aces, winning hands, etc. For example, anyone shuffles the deck, cuts it and hands it to you; still you can deal yourself 4 aces.

It's a fake, that requires no practice, but they will never know it. Demonstrate your skill without lengthy practice. Appear to be a card expert, instantly. Yes, practically every magician has wished that he could present a good gambling demonstration....

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Tricks For Kid Shows by Ulysses Frederick Grant25 new, good and unusual tricks plus ideas, gags and advice. Text has been updated. This is a vintage release by U. F. Grant in the late 40s. Admittedly, a few of the tricks are dated; but, on the other hand there are some excellent ideas suitable for today's audiences. In this release, you will find kid tricks not seen today. Your chance to be different from all the other kid show performers. The 'No Batteries' effect is novel and worth the price of this release alone. This release also contains a supplement of ideas and advice. An interesting read for Grant fans. Here is what you get.
  • The...
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Foolzum Newspaper Tear Revisited by Devin Knight & Ulysses Frederick GrantA full size sheet of newspaper is handed for examination; both the magician and a spectator sign their names on the front of the newspaper. Without adding anything, the newspaper is openly and deliberately torn-up with the audience plainly seeing the signatures being torn.

After the newspaper is torn into small pieces, the magician blows on the pieces. The rough edges of the paper are seen to get smooth, and upon opening the newspaper out, it is restored. But wait, only half the paper is there. The other half falls to the floor.

The audience thinks they are the torn pieces. The packet...

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Grant's Challenge Magic Act by Devin Knight & Ulysses Frederick GrantImagine being able to offer a challenge that you will do a trick with any object, any member of the audience might have on them. Yes, you can do just that and with complete safety and no fear of failure.

The advertising and publicity possibilities with this act are unlimited. Challenge your friends or family to stump you. Advertise that if someone in the audience stumps you, then they don't pay your show fee. This will give you a competitive edge over other magicians in your area.

HOW WAS THIS ACT CREATED: At a meeting of the I.B.M, Grant commented to another magician, "Wouldn't it be...

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Magician, Ghost and Girl Illusion by Devin Knight & Ulysses Frederick GrantNOTICE: This is an expanded version of an illusion described in Grant's Lost Illusion Files. It gives you far more information.

Although this illusion can be done year-round, this makes a great illusion for spook shows or Halloween shows. For those affairs, it is the perfect illusion and it would be hard to find an illusion more suited for those occasions.

EFFECT: The magician shows a three-fold screen with a black interior. He forms the screen into a three-sided cabinet with opening at the front. The performer says that he is going spook hunting. As the saying goes, it takes a thief to catch a thief.

The performer...

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How To Make Santa Clause Appear by Devin Knight & Ulysses Frederick GrantNOTICE: This is an expanded version of Santa Clause Arrives in Grant's Lost Illusion Secrets. There are more ideas in this PDF.

Yes, Santa Clause arrives - and in such a manner that any performer can bring about his appearance. There is no elaborate or expensive equipment required. Indeed, you can build the necessary items right in your own home without any difficulty. If desired, some of the items may be purchased at a very low cost. Yes, you can have a full stage illusion for less than you have to pay for many club effects.

Here is an illusion which has eye appeal, will mystify your audience and, most important,...

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

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Walking Through a Woman Illusion by Devin Knight & Ulysses Frederick GrantAt last, here is a new illusion effect and one that any performer may own. Yet, here is an illusion which will compete with the best of them and it will not cost you several hundred dollars to own it or even a tenth of that. In my opinion this is more effective than the Interlude Illusion at a fraction of the cost.

EFFECT: Setting at the center of the stage are four chairs, in a row facing the audience. There is a space between the two center chairs wide enough for the performer to walk through. A girl assistant is then placed in a reclining position across the seats of the four chairs....

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Eliminators by Ulysses Frederick GrantThis is a great little booklet where U.F. Grant teaches three non-sleight replacement methods for
  • Pass
  • Force
  • Palm
  • Switch
Now all those non-finger-flingers can join in the fun.

1st edition 1943, 1st digital edition 2017, 4 pages.

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Grant's Volume One by Ulysses Frederick Grant65 tricks, gags, tips and ideas with money, cards, wands, cigarettes, watches, rings and more.
  • Greetings
  • Comedy Ice Cream Cone
  • A Comedy Wand
  • The Leaky Wand
  • Another Pen Idea
  • The Vanishing Pen
  • Magical Extraction
  • Sucker Laugh
  • The Egg Cup
  • An Old Timer
  • Grant's Repeat Watch Idea
  • A Timely Trick
  • Cigarette Pull Idea
  • W. R. Williston Idea
  • The Greatest Miracle Of All
  • The Matchless Match Trick
  • A Long Time
  • The Comedy Watch Chain
  • Tips On Tips
  • E. E. Hammil's Tip
  • Gene Gloye Gag
  • Pardon Me
  • An Eye Popper
  • Bowl Of Water Production
  • A Tip By Swabi
  • A Gag By Swabi
  • Snake And Can Trick
  • Sure...
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Super Magical Secrets by Ulysses Frederick Grant
  • Introduction
  • Foreword
  • Mecca
  • Hindoo Rope And Rising Card
  • Grant’s Super Rope Trick
  • Pearls Of Persia
  • Magic Hand And Mystic Rings
  • Grant’s Super Die Box
  • A Bedtime Story
  • Sambo The Human Hen
  • Mah Jong Mystery Sticks
  • Super Prediction
  • Vanishing Die And Appearing Girl
  • Dr. Jeykell And Mr. Hyde

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Pick Of The Crop by Ulysses Frederick GrantThe best simple methods for the following 12 great effects:
  • No. 1 - To Vanish or Transport A Live Dove Through Space while Surrounded, Without Special Boxes, Bags or Body Work
  • No. 2 - To Predict, In Black Crayon On Large Cardboard, The Names Of Three FREELY SELECTED cards
  • No. 3 - To Cause A Person's Fingers To Slowly Draw Together, Without Touching Them Or Their Fingers
  • No. 4 - To Predict In Bold Letters On A Large Card The Word A Person Will Select In Any Magazine
  • No. 5 - To Create The Effect Of Little Invisible Men From Outer Space Dancing On A Sheet Of Paper. Close-up Or Stage
  • No....
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The Medium's Scrapbook by Ulysses Frederick GrantThis ebook includes a wealth of spirit and mental material. Imagine having friends stop in your home or office and being able to cause a buzzer to answer questions, a clock to stop by gazing at it, an alarm clock to ring at your will, a closet door to open at your command, all without expensive electric eyes and gadgets of that type but with simple inexpensive methods.
  • The Fall Of Buddha
  • The Whispering Rajah
  • The Idol Tells
  • Private Ballot Box
  • The Obedient Door
  • The Third Person Tells
  • New Spirit Buzzer
  • Stop The Clock
  • Fortune Telling Alarm Clock
  • The Spirit Grasp
  • Phantom Matches
  • Pocket...
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Center Tear Methods by Ulysses Frederick GrantThe center tear is, without question, the finest all-around method for gaining information written by a spectator. The main advantage of the center tear is that it is always ready to use, a small slip of paper is all that is needed.

In the past, many performers went to U. F. Grant seeking a way to use the center tear effectively. The problem which confronted most of them was how to read the written message without being detected. This problem confronts nearly everyone who wants to use the center tear. And it has been the reason many performers have avoided it.

In this eBook are revealed...

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