Ganson, Lewis: Routined Manipulation Finale
1954 Harry Stanley, Unique Magic
1976 D.Robbins & Co., Inc.
Hardcover, 6x9", 255 pages
(D. Robbins edition - Softcover, perfect-bound)
              Manipulation Finale
D. Robbins Edition
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              Manipulation Finale
Harry Stanley Hardcover
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Comment: Photographs by Kenneth Pratt, Bill Ellis, and The County Studio, Farnborough. Excellent close up magic in an inexpensive volume. Line drawings and B&W photos throughout. There is also an edition Complete Routined Manipulation that includes Routined Manipulation 1, 2 and Finale all in one volume.


5 Harry Clarke Photo: B&W photo of Harry Clarke, publisher of magic works
9 Introduction: by Lewis Ganson, 1954

11 Section One: Anti-Gravity Glasses
13 Lewis Ganson Photo: B&W photo of Lewis Ganson with the cups & balls
15 Chapter One: A Clear Case of Anti-Gravity: an expanded version of The Anti-Gravity Glasses routine. The cups not only suspend beneath the tray, but the tray is inverted and a single cup is suspended, and silks are even drawn from the glasses while suspended.
23 Chapter Two: Some Reflections on Anti Gravity: Additional ideas on the above routine, with discussions of gimmick designs. 
26 Elizabeth Warlock's Version of the Anti-Gravity Glasses: a silent routine by the daughter of Peter Warlock

31 Section Two: Magic With Coins
32 Fred Kaps Photo: B&W photo of Fred Kaps
33 Chapter Three: Fred Kaps Coins & Glass Routine: four coins appear, vanish and reappear in a glass previously shown empty. Uses the basic slight from The Art of Magic called "Down's Latest Method for 'The Miser's Dream'".Utilizes a handkerchief, a glass tumbler, four half crowns (Kaps' uses palming coins), and a coin dropper
47 Chapter Four: Peter Warlock's Take a Bow, Jack Avis: English Penny and Florin change places in folds of a handkerchief. Uses a handkerchief, a Penny, a Florin, a gimmicked Penny, and a penknife (though a marker could be used instead of the penknife). 

51 Section Three: Linking Rings
52 Ken Brooke Photo: B&W Photo
53 Chapter Five: Ken Brook's Linking Ring Count: A method of counting the eight rings to accompany the Odin routine. Highly recommends all readers to get M. Claudiu Odin's book The Odin Rings, translated by Victor Farelli, compiled by E. Gardet, & published by Edward Bagshawe & Co., 1931

67 Section Four: Magic with Dice
68 Gerald Kosky Photo: B&W photo
69 Chapter Six: Gerald Kosky's "How Many"?: Three dice change places in performer's hands, change size, then even become blank.
74 Chapter Seven: Ali Bongo's "Deolali Dice": a gimmicked dice set that you can build. Routine is fairly short. Two small die are poured from a shaker cup onto the table and inserted into the right fist. "Fertilizer" is poured over the right hand, and two large die are dumped out, the small die are nowhere to be found. The large die can be examined, if necessary

81 Section Five: Handkerchief Magic
83 Chapter Eight: Charlie Edward's Dissolving Knots: Dissolving silk knots and a rope through tied wrists routine.

97 Section Six: Magic With Sponge Balls. An excellent treatise on sponge ball magic
99 Chapter Nine
99 Part I. Requirements and Principles: the "invention" of sponge balls by Jesse J. Lybarger, Al Cohn, and the contribution by Joe Berg (1926). Covers the type of sponge to use, how to cut the sponge, the basic effect, and stages of performance
102 Part 2. Adding One Ball to Another: Four methods and placing the balls down
106 Part 3. Two Subtle Moves: To show three balls only (in both hands), and The Spectator Holds a Ball (multiply in spectator's hand)
108 Part 4. Vanishes From the Hand: Five methods detailed
117 Part 5. A Sponge Ball Routine: with advice Do Not Make the Routine Too Long, and Build Up to a Climax. Routine combines the two in the hand and one in the pocket with multiplication in the spectator's hand
119 Part 6. Accessories: brief description of other tools that could be helpful in a sponge ball routine such as: rubber production fruit, sponge ball to bunny, and handkerchief pull, for examples
121 Part 7. Rabbit's Habits: Three routines for sponge rabbit sets (good)

127 Section Seven: The Magic of Al Koran
128 Al Koran photo: B&W
129 Chapter Ten: Al Koran's Simplex Torn and Restored Newspaper: alternate method from Routined Manipulation Parts I/II. Ganson states, "I was particularly impressed with the apparent absence of the possibility of there being any hiding place for the torn pieces..." Similar to the Al Baker method.
139 Chapter Eleven: A Pound for your Card: Spectator removes any card from the deck and signs it. It is sealed in an envelope. A bill is borrowed and the serial number noted and placed in a purse. The two switch places. Needs just some envelopes, a purse large enough to cover a card, and cards.
146 Chapter Twelve: The Fate of a Fiver: A five pound note is torn and restored, this is repeated and it is burned accidentally, only to be opened as change for a fiver, including coins. Uses fake notes rather than real ones, though if you don't mind destroying a bill each performance you could use a real note...
154 Chapter Thirteen: Hanky Panky Routine: Incorporates the following effects - penetration of a handkerchief by a pencil, burnt and restored handkerchief, cut and restored handkerchief (credits Jack Chanin), continuous production of coins from the handkerchief (also Jack Chanin), production of a cigarette and lighter from the handkerchief, and production of a glass of wine (Jardine Ellis). The handkerchief is unharmed.
165 Chapter Fourteen: Perfection Do As I Do: Two packs of cards are used, one is handed to a spectator. Spectator takes a card face down from his deck, performer removes a card from his, they are both the same. Performer places the Queen of Hearts down and turns the spectator's card down, when turned up, it too is the Queen of Hearts. Uses the Paul Curry Turnover Change.

171 Section Eight: Miscellaneous Magic
172 Chapter Fifteen: Perter Burto's Burnt & Restored Paper Strip. 18" long paper is burnt, ashes are grabbed, and the strip is restored from the empty hand. (uses TT)
175 Chapter Sixteen:  Hans Trixer's Miniature Cups & Balls: This cups and balls routine is more of a Three Shell Game, but using small wooden cups similar to the Indian Style cups and balls, a small "pea" ball as used in the Walnut Shell & Pea, and climaxes with the revelation of a coin under one of the cups. 
180 Chapter Seventeen: Hans Trixer's Silken Canary: small canary on the finger is thrown and changes to silk.
182 Chapter Eighteen: Hans Trixer's Slot Machine: Two coins placed in the left hand change to a small bottle or other object.
185 Chapter Nineteen: John Lewis's Colour Thimbles: short color change routine with three thimbles, each of a different color
187 Chapter Twenty: Hans Trixer's Silk Penetro: Billiard ball penetrates a handkerchief; no gimmicks

191 Section Nine: Card Magic
193 Chapter Twenty-One: Alexander Elmsley's All Backs Routine: Variation on Dai Vernon's All Backs routine. A pack of cards apparently have no faces, but they are revealed in mysterious ways. Utilizes a simple to make gimmicked card. 
200 Chapter Twenty-Two: Patrick Page's Cards to Pocket: 12 Cards travel to the pocket, with various mishaps in between. Utilizes a slightly gimmicked pocket and the Buckle Count
207 Chapter Twenty-Three: Jack Chanin's Card on the Line: A card is selected and returned to the pack. A Ribbon is placed through the top card, and the card put in the middle. When pulled, it changes to the selected card. Deck may be borrowed (but be aware it will be damaged!)
211 Chapter Twenty-Four: The Nicholas "Thought Card": Spectator thinks of any card, then pulls it, face up, out of the deck. Card is then lost in the deck, which is shuffled and put back in the box. Performer clips a business card to the deck, and asks magician to take it to the performer's helper, who proceeds to write the value of the selection on the business card.
214 Chapter Twenty-Five: Peter Warlock's PW Slip Cut: A one handed false table cut
217 Chapter Twenty-Six: Bobby Bernard's Educated Frog: Card selected and returned to the deck. Deck is cut, 12 cards selected and put in a circle. A wind up frog finds the selected card. Uses a Svengali deck.
220 Chapter Twenty-Seven: Mary Kinson's Fan See Card: Selected card is revealed in a fan of cards.
223 Chapter Twenty-Eight: Brain Wave by Telephone: Dai Vernon's Brainwave Deck as performed by Lewis Ganson and his wife

225 Section Ten: Card Magic by Manipulation
226 Chapter Twenty-Nine: Some Observations on Card Manipulation: a description of points to be considered in a good production of card fans routine. Includes the Front and Back Palm, Cover for the Pivot, Acquitments, Stealing Extra Stocks of Cards, and Hiding the Corners of the Cards
230 Chapter Thirty: Preparation of Cards for Manipulation: How to physically prepare the cards, including: what type of card to use, removing stiffness, splitting, etc.
235 Chapter Thirty-One: The Continuous Production of Fans of Cards: detailed description of the improved method
241 Chapter Thirty-Two: The Production of Single Cards: Method One if large numbers of single cards are to be produced, and Method Two (by Ken Brooke) for up to 6 or 8 cards
246 Chapter Thirty-Three: Manipulation in Gloves: Advantages include good looks, no damp hands, and extra cover is provided by the gloves
251 Chapter Thirty-Four: The Card Routine: the full routine outlined, using the above improved approaches