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George B. Anderson

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George B. Anderson
Hawarden, Iowa
DiedJanuary 13, 1985
Elmhurst, Illinois

George B. Anderson (1909[1]-1985), who started out as newspaper and radio mystery writer in Chicago, later became a professional mentalist.[2]


By the time he was 17 he was working in tent shows as a magician. His tuition at the University of Iowa was largely paid for by doing magic shows. From a journalism start, he moved to advertising in the thirties and then began writing radio scripts.[3]

Anderson originated a number of T.V. shows including the Bud Bowman series and Magic Ranch.[4][5]

He was the confidant of Thurston and Blackstone Sr.[6]


  • How to Be a Junior Magician
  • It Must Be Mindreading (1949),
  • You, Too, Can ReadMinds (1968)
  • Magic Digest: Fun Magic For Everyone(1972)
  • Overcoming Magical Hazards (1980)


  1. McIlhany, Bill: Don Alan’s Magic Ranch, in: In A Class by Himself, Jon Racherbaumer, 2000
  2. Who's Who in Magic: An International Biographical Guide From Past to Present by Bart Whaley (1990)
  3. Broken Wand, Mum, March 1985
  4. New Tops, March 1985
  5. Obit, Linking Ring, March 1985
  6. Magic Circular, May 1985