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U.F. Grant

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U.F. Grant

Cover of Genii (1975)
BornUlysses Frederick Simpson Grant
January 12 1901
Millerton, New York
DiedMarch 01, 1978 (age 77)
Columbus, Ohio
CategoriesBooks by U.F. Grant

U.F. Grant (January 12, 1901- March 1, 1978), known as "Gen", was a magic dealer and inventor.


'Gen', or 'The Little General' as he is sometimes referred to, was a descendant of General U. S. Grant and is named for the General as well as the General's son.[1] Grant started in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where he created his first tricks. Later he moved to New York City joining the Abbott Magic & Novelty Co., eventually settled in Columbus, Ohio creating his own firm, "U.F. Grant Magic".

In 1944, he partnered with R.N. Menge creating a line of products known as "Grant and Menge" or "G. & M." The partnership only lasted a year and they ended up becoming rivals.

He created a long line of pamphlet-type magic booklets, which were often affectionately joked about by magicians for their brevity. Don Tanner wrote directions for and illustrated many of the items marketed by the Grant company.

Grant was a member of the IBM, SAM, the Order of Merlin, and the Columbus Magic Club Ring 7. [2] [3] [4] [5]

Grant turned the business over to his daughter Mary Ann King becoming "MAK Magic". MAK Magic still manufacture many of his items, which is still run by his daughter and now grandson Jimmy P. King.[6]




  1. Genii, Vol. 23, No. 7, March, 1959 "GEN" GRANT, M.D.A. PRESIDENT, "EDISON OF MAGIC", page 266
  2. Genii, Vol. 39, No. 9, September 1975, U. F. Grant Issue, COVER STORY By Don Tanner, page 443, MAGIC SECTION, pages 444-466
  3. Genii, Vol. 42, No. 4, April 1978, OBITUARY U. F. "Gen" Grant, page 247
  4. The New Tops, Vol. 18, No. 4, April 1978, Final Curtain U. F. "Gen" Grant, by Don Tanner, page 12
  5. M-U-M, Vol. 67, No. 12, May 1978, Broken Wands, U. F. "Gen" Grant, by Don Tanner, page 27
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 22, No. 10, December 1942, U. F. GRANT, The Man of 1000 Mysteries, page 37
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 33, No. 9, November 1953, U. F. (Gen) Grant by Don Tanner, p. 23
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 27, No. 7, September 1928, Cover