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Will Ayling

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Will Ayling
BornWilliam Richard Ayling
March 2, 1914
Portsmouth, England
DiedMay 23, 1992 (age 78)
CategoriesBooks by Will Ayling

Will Ayling (1914-1992), illusionist, close-up performer, and collector of antique magical apparatus was a past President of the Portsmouth Magical Society and of The British Ring.


Ayling assisted Lewis Ganson with his Teach-In Series, often appearing in the photographs which accompanied the text. He followed the series with his own "Know How" series of books dealing with individual effects or routines. [1][2]

He worked for ENSA during World War Two.


  • The Art of Illusion (1968)
  • Genie Presentations (1972)
  • Oriental Conjuring (1981)
  • The Endless Chain (1983)
  • Knowing the Ropes (1987)
  • Knowing the Egg Bag (1988)
  • Knowing the Chop Cup (1989)
  • Knowing the Rising Cards (1991)


  1. Cover The Gen July 1968
  2. Cover Linking Ring November 1982