Our W.D. Gann, “W. D. GANN: MAGIC IN THE MARKETS” Course is presented in-person only. Each technique presented was decoded from the public or private writings of W.D. Gann. “Magic” is comprehensive and robust, including Gann’s entire original system. Every technique fits with the other methods like a puzzle piece, tied together by Gann’s Astro-Numerology control-system. Extensive back-testing of each technique and system is presented for most markets & timeframes. Substance, content, and detail are extreme, and the applications consume all of the time in the seminar. References to the origin of each technique in Gann’s work and much, much more are expounded in the accompanying 350+ page illustrated manual.
From our experience with this material and the feedback of those who’ve taken both this course and every other “Gann” course out there, we believe that “MAGIC IN THE MARKETS” is unique in the application of Gann’s original trading and analysis methods to intraday, intra-week, and intra-month time periods; as well as the larger timeframes.
The inclusion of trans-mundane, orphic schematics that were communicated to W. D. Gann through early 1900s freemasonry sets “MAGIC IN THE MARKETS” on a pedestal all of its own. Gann credited this esoteric foundation as the reason his methods should timelessly work on modern markets. It is the key to Gann’s predictions of trend, cycles, price, and the other methods Gann discussed in his books. Gann’s true techniques bear little resemblance to the examples he publicly presented. Even those who’ve “studied Gann” for 10 to 20 years have found “Magic” an original, unique paradigm shift.
“MAGIC IN THE MARKETS” focuses on the causes of movements in financial markets. This approach differs from typical quantitative analysis and most algorithmic trading in two important ways. First, the data that Gann followed and tested which he believed to cause market movements is exogenous, or external to financial market data. This means that the market analysis and signals Gann used cannot be found in any other field of technical analysis or trading. Secondly, Gann’s architypes and formulas lead to very specific constants which are often lacking in quantitative analysis. In common quantitative analysis, the best trading system parameters are randomly tested for, or “brute forced.” These tests admittedly may not produce the best fit. Though the foundation of W.D. Gann’s approach was arcane and esoteric, the end results were precise mathematical formulas that used objective, consistent, and predictable variables. In this manner, Gann’s market analysis can provide an edge over most quantitative and algorithmic approaches. For the professional analyst or active trader, Gann can give the edge of predicting the market in advance, because esoteric variables lead market movements. The trader employing this approach is alone in leading the pack, while every other quant and machine-learning guru is just a better follower of past market data.
Recipients of the course who have benefited most from it have been professional analysts, active traders and investment managers who have integrated W. D. Gann’s techniques into an existing approach to analyzing financial markets. Their main motivation for taking the course is usually to fill in the gaps in their approach to the markets that all other fields of technical analysis cannot. When we first began to search out and develop W. D. Gann’s trading methods, it was because we noticed unseen patterns surrounding how deep a pullback from a trend would go, when a market would be most likely to turn, How measured moves could be gauged, and direction and duration of trend. Publicly available technical analysis failed to measure, quantify or predict these patterns.
W. D. Gann was an active trader who was consistent in the markets and timeframes that he traded in. That being said, “Magic” is designed to give professional analysists or active traders who are consistent in their approach to trading the financial markets a unique edge. Attendees of the course should have a basic knowledge of trading and a thought-out approach to the financial markets before taking the course.
Though Gann did teach a complete trading approach by combining 3 or 4 of these unique techniques, such as in the book “The Truth of the Stock Tape,” trying to learn both Gann’s exogenous system AND the basics of approaching financial markets at the same time might be overwhelming. The easiest and quickest way to begin benefiting from these techniques is to take one or two of Gann’s methods and synthesize them into your existing trading or analysis system to fill in the missing pieces not provided by traditional technical analysis.
Many orbiting the Gann planet are under the illusion that Gann is a lottery ticket or “winning trade button.” W. D. Gann advertised the trading results of his systems to prospective students as between 80 – 85% profitable trades to losses. Gann achieved his edge by consistently trading every signal over a longer time period. Gann spent a lot of time in front of the financial markets and put in a lot of work applying his approach. And he achieved a huge analytical edge. Today we believe his approach will give the same reward to the individual that exerts the same sacrifice of work and time. The methods of W. D. Gann will not benefit anyone who wants to skip the work and time and find an easy “winning trade button.”
Gann traded systematically. He confined each trading technique or system a timeframe and consistent set of rules. An example would be his trade record for weekly polarity lines in “The Stock Market Couse.” He lists trade results of one technique on the same stock, with the same rules, over the same timeframe. His results appear to take into consideration that he was present at his trading desk to take every trading signal over the course of about 1 year. In those 1910 trading results, Gann begins the first few months by drawing down over $14,000. That’s $1,400,000 in today’s money. Some great magic system, huh? But the statistical edge is one that he achieved over the course of taking every setup over the course of the year- ending with over $1,000,000 in profit. That’s $110,000,000 in today’s money. In this regard, the trading firm, trading professional or analyst who measures success in the same manner will more easily embrace and benefit from Gann’s methodology. Someone who thinks trading is golfing and then using a Gann signal to trade the market the day it goes up or down 80 points and then go golfing again should not be involved in trading.