Uell Stanley Andersen

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Uell Stanley Andersen (also known as U.S. Andersen and Uell S. Andersen) (September 14, 1917 – September 24, 1986)[1] was an American self-help and short story author during the 1950s and 1960s.


Born to Norwegian-American parents in Portland, Oregon, Andersen attended Stanford University. Andersen was a professional football player who played for the Cleveland Rams (1940–41) and the Detroit Lions (1941). During World War II, he served as a naval officer and as a gunnery officer on a destroyer escort. Subsequently, he had a number of careers, including running an advertising agency, wildcatting for oil and logging at the Columbia Sawmill. He is most known for his book Three Magic Words (1954), which has been linked to the New Age philosophical concept of the law of attraction. His short story Turn Ever so Quickly was included in the anthology The Best American Short Stories of 1963. He died in September 1986 in Lincoln City, Oregon. [2]

Non-fiction Works[edit]

  • Three Magic Words (1954) later released as The Key to Power and Personal Peace (1972)
  • The Secret of Secrets: Your Key to Subconscious Power (1958)
  • The Magic in Your Mind (1961)
  • Success Cybernetics: Practical Applications of Human Cybernetics (1970)
  • The Greatest Power in the Universe (1976)
  • The Secret Power of the Pyramids (1977)

Fiction Works[edit]

  • The Smoldering Sea (1953, novel)
  • Hard and Fast (novel)
  • Turn Ever so Quickly (short story)
  • The Other Jesus (1960, Muhlenberg Press, novel)
  • The Charlatans (screenplay)


The 2010 documentary film, 3 Magic Words was inspired by Andersen's book, Three Magic Words . [3]


  1. ^ Uell S. Andersen Library Thing
  2. ^ The Best American Short Stories of 1963 Open Library.
  3. ^ "3 Magic Words (2010)". IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved January 1, 2016.