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2020 California tour dates

Feb 22


Grand Illusions

Carmichael, CA

Workshop / SOLD OUT



Feb 23


Boardwalk Magic Shop

2214 East Cliff Drive

Santa Cruz, CA



Feb 24


Orange County

Monday Night Jam

Mimi‘s Bistro

4030 Barranca Parkway

Irvine, CA



Feb 25


IBM John Fedko Ring 313

Irvine Water District

15500 Sand Canyon Avenue

Irvine, CA



Feb 26



The Screening Room

5550 Hollywood Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA



Feb 28


White Rabbit Magic Shop

15500 West Telegraph Rd.


Santa Paula, CA



Feb 29


The Circle 52 Club 

3725 Nickels Ave

Acton, CA 93510



March 1


Magic Galore & More 

6471 Westminster Blvd.

Westminster, CA



March 2nd


Red Spade Theater

2539 Congress Street Suite B

San Diego CA. 92110

Posted by Mike Larkin on January 18, 2020. 25 Comments

Florida Lectures


January 23


Fort Lauderdale Magic Club

Tamarac Community Center

8601 West Commercial Blvd.

Fort Lauderdale, FL



January 28


Sarasota Magic Club

IHOP 7pm

4400 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL

Posted by Mike Larkin on January 06, 2020. 10 Comments

Eye opener


Howdy Folks!!!

This post includes tips for my effect EYE OPENER

Like I said, nothing fancy just an eyeball on a reel.

The instructions are literally "bend over and pretend to put the eyeball in your head and let go of it"

I fasten it in inside my jacket on my inner left breast pocket.

The line runs from the inside of my jacket to my left hand.  The left hand holds the eyeball by the bottom and the hand naturally hides the plastic connection.

I just let go of the eye as I bend my head over. That's it.

The bigger motion of bending your head down and leaning forward covers the small movement of releasing the eyeball by the left hand.

Let me know if you have any questions or there is any confusion :-)

Another tip would be don’t hold the eye ball as the snap can come unsnapped, but rather show the eyeball holding by the plastic snap piece.  

If you have trouble with the eyeball coming un-snapped try releasing it from a different grip point as already mentioned. If you still have trouble you can always permanently glue the snap and the eyeball together. But I prefer to have it interchangeable.


Posted by Mike Larkin on June 03, 2019. 11 Comments

Copper Silver Brass Routine

Copper Silver Brass Routines

Click HERE for a custom made copper silver brass gimmick!!!

Thanks again for purchasing from Kranzo Magic!

Use the link below to download your free lecture notes!!!
Click HERE to download the free lecture notes!!!

Here is another variation of my original Copper Silver Brass routine
Click HERE for my original copper silver brass routine!!! 

*****Finally here is a write up of my full routine:

Copper Silver Brass Routine 2018

You will be using the Copper Silver Brass gaff created by Pressley Guitar. This routine was inspired by a routine of Yuji Wada.

I use only the nested gimmick itself and one normal half dollar...and discard the extra coins. They will not be needed.

To begin the routine I start with the normal American Half Dollar hidden underneath the coin purse on the table. Alternately you can have the coin hidden underneath the cardbox or any other item.

The nested gaff is in your right hand finger palm with the silver side against the fingers. This way when you push the coin out at the fingertips they will see the silver side and it will look like you have just produced a half dollar.

I usually produce this first coin by lighting a piece of flash paper and simply pushing the nested gaff to my fingertips as the flash paper burns.

This is a very visual production and will get everyone's attention.

I know perform and retention vanish apparently placing the silver coin into my left hand but retaining in the right-hand.

I reach to my left elbow and say "if I am quick I can catch the coin as it flies up my sleeve!".

Once I produce the silver coin again I show it to the audience and then display it on my left hand in an open fingerpalm position, silver side up.

I now perform a "fake take". Apparently picking up the silver gaff from the left hand but in reality leaving it there

The right hand and fingers are held as if they are holding the coin and pretend to run it in your left elbow. Your left hand then reaches over to your right elbow and produces the coin, apparently plucking it from the right elbow and showing it in the left hand open fingerpalm position.

This entire sequence is mainly a psychological ploy to subtlety imply that the silver half dollar is "normal" without saying so. This quick "one coin flurry" does a good job at making the half seem normal.

Now you will perform a very suspicious move trying to confuse them.

"If I do a sneaky move like this you're not sure if the coin is in my left hand or my right hand?",

Suiting actions towards you now bring your hands together and make it look like you have tossed the coin from your left hand into the right. In reality you just toss the insert but retain the shell.

It's easy. Just rotate your left hand palm down and the insert will fall out of the shell, if you slightly curl your left fingers the shell will be retained in left fingerpalm.

As soon as the insert falls into your right hand, close your hand so they can't see what's there.

You can now immediately open your right and left hands showing the two foreign coins have appeared and slowly lift the purse on the table to show that the half dollar has vanished and jumped underneath the coin purse!

***Make sure you are showing the copper side of the copper silver insert in the right hand, and that you are showing the top of the shell in the left-hand and not the underside :-)

This is an extremely visual moment!!

Phase Two
At this point display the coins on the open left hand and you will perform the standard CSB move.

The insert is on the bottom, then the shell, then the real half dollar on top of all. The left hand closes into a fist which causes the gaff to nest. Your right hand reaches into your left fist and extracts the nested gaff displaying the silver side so it appears to be the single silver half dollar.

Using the table, or someone outstretched hand, I know pin the gaff under my closed left fist so that the gaff is pinned between my fist and the table perpendicularly.

Now for the cool part. All you have to do is literally open your left hand which causes the gaff to fall forward un-nesting itself and when you open your left hand they will see the half dollar. It's a very beautiful and visual instant transposition.

i show this in the video clip below...

Pick up the coins and place them back into your left hand in the same position that you started with.

The coins are displayed spread out into the open left hand. The insert is on the bottom, then the shell, then the half dollar on top of all. I close may hand into a fist nesting the gimmick. Turn my hand palm down keeping it in a fist. I reach in and pull out the nested gimmick displaying it as a half dollar and place it into my pocket as I say “my uncle offered me 50 cents to teach him the trick...I said no way!”. I now reach in and pull out the next half dollar which is a surprise to the audience. “He offered me another 50 cents. A full dollar!! So I said sure I'll tell you how it's done.”

As I say that I put the second half dollar in my pocket. Then I slowly open my left hand to reveal it completely empty.
The appearance of TWO half dollars is surprising. PLUS You get a great vanish for no work. Thanks to Connie Hayden who created the Two Copper One Silver gimmick that Presley Guitar later enhanced creating the Copper Silver Brass. Special thanks to J.C. Wagner for permission to include his fantastic “in the hands” handling.

Click HERE for a custom made copper silver brass gimmick!!!

Posted by Mike Larkin on December 05, 2018. 25 Comments

Happy Holidays FREE magic trick



Do you need a custom made quarter gimmick like the one shown in the video? No probrlem just drop me an email




Posted by Mike Larkin on November 21, 2018. 11 Comments

New Era Card Tricks by August Roterberg


New Era Card Tricks by August Roterberg

New Era Card Tricks was written specifically for magicians by Chicago magic dealer August Roterberg, unlike prior magic books which were published and written for the public.

New Era Card Tricks contains a number of mechanical card effects and gaffs reproduced from the German works of F. W. Conradi. The book introduced the term "Color Change" and gave an early explanation of the Double Lift. It was also the first book to provide a description of the Back Palm.  It may have been an influence or inspiration for S.W. Erdnase when writing Expert at the Card Table since some of the sleights are identical or provided inspiration for Erdnase.

In 1897 it sold for two dollars.  Original copies have gone for $250 or more on auction sites.

Lucky for us it was reprinted just a few years ago and is available at a very reasonable cost thanks to Stephen Minch and Byron Walker.

It is definitely one of my favorite card magic books. It's full of popular card magic from the turn of the century and includes some amazingly strong magic,

Just because it's old doesn't mean it is not full of cutting edge magic.

Probably the first version of the Haunted Pack ever published. This is a classic of magic popularized by Al Baker, Eugene Burger and others.

Look up August's "The Hypnotized Card" inside this book for a magical version where the deck cuts all by itself exactly where the selected card lies. Here's a tip: instead of using a magic wand use a pen and a pad of paper. You'll thank me later ;).

Another favorite effect of mine from this book is an extremely magical trick where a letter that you received in the mail is displayed and when you toss the letter in the air it turns into the selected card. This is great visual magic at its best. Another hidden gem called "the envelope card" and is found on page 258.

Here's one more:
"Improved cards read behind the back".  This effect could be used to close your show!!! A deck is thoroughly shuffled by audience members and the performer has his back turned and is blindfolded.

You could even have a bag over your head because you genuinely cannot see. Even though the cards of been shuffled and you are blindfolded you are now able to call off the cards in order as they are dealt one at a time until you have named every card!!!

 Track yourself down a copy and you'll be glad you did. Enjoy!!!

Kranzilla :-) 

Posted by Nathan Kranzo on March 12, 2017. 14 Comments

Joe Karson



Joe Karson (1912-1980) was owner of the mail order business "Karson Xclusives", a had magic shop in Springfield, Massachusetts, and was the inventor of the Zombie floating ball illusion.

Yup the dude that invented the Zombie! That's quite a classic. And what a great illusion when performed well. We have Joe to thank for that.

He was playing with the old impromptu trick where you interlace your fingers and pretend to float a match behind them. That inspired the Zombie.  

Joe patented the Zombie illusion in 1940.

I'd like to bring you your attention to a lesser known trick of his. A great piece of card magic called "the worlds fastest card trick".

This trick is something that Joe was known for but forgotten by modern day magicians.

I searched on Ask Alexander and found many mentions of Joe performing at conventions around the US over 50 years ago. Many times the highlight of the performance was his rendition of "the world's fastest card trick".

The effect is a lesson in performance and timing. If you learn how to effectively perform this trick for an audience you will be on your way to being a great entertainer with a deck of cards.

The trick has several "false starts", creating a fun and playful comedic tempo.  Joe has built into the routine several hilarious moments, especially after several attempts to find the card.....the spectator admits "I forgot my card", for a huge laugh!!!

Not too much has been written about Joe's original effect. But there is a brilliant book titled: Ken de Courcy discusses "the worlds fastest card trick"

I highly recommend you track it down

Ken discusses several ways to handle the ending of the effect and teaches some additional gags that add some great comedy to the already hilarious routine.

The routine can be done at the drop of a hat using any borrow deck of cards. Uses very little sleight of hand, can be performed for a huge audience and plays well even on stage. What more could you ask for?

The original Joe Karson "the world's fastest card trick" is worth tracking down. A quick search online should find it for about $2.

Have fun hunting!!!!

Posted by Nathan Kranzo on February 09, 2017. 11 Comments

U.F. Grant

U.F. Grant pictured above in the middle.

Ulysses Frederick Simpson Grant
January 12 1901
Millerton, New York
March 01, 1978 (age 77)

'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".

U.F. Grant is definitely one of my favorite creators of all time. He has created and published hundreds of magic tricks. And he is responsible for creating some of my favorites.

Most modern day "book tests" performed by mentalists are based on the principle that Grant created when he published his "tru test" nearly 80 years ago.

Are you familiar with the famous card deck the "cheek to cheek " deck? This brilliant gaffed deck allows you to do one of the most magical looking triumph effects possible!!! This is a UF Grant creation!

Grant was known for coming up with magic tricks in every category. Card magic, coin magic, stage magic, pickpocketing, mind reading and the list goes on.

He also was known for his brevity and simple descriptions. Sometimes magicians would make fun of the fact that his descriptions and explanations were so short and to the point. I honestly love this....I love the simplicity in his writing. And I think it's a skill to take something difficult and explain it in a few simple words.

Luckily for you there are still dozens and dozens of Grant books and booklets available both physical copies and PDFs available online

I would like to bring your attention to a little booklet called "50 crazy card stunts". It's a booklet that I purchased for a dollar. And is full of great ideas. Some that are so old that no one has ever seen them before.

Imagine finding a selected playing card by having a lightbulb examined and then put in its socket.... when it turns on the name of the card glows in the lightbulb!

In another effect a card is selected and then the deck shuffled by the spectator. You then slowly deal thru the deck and try and find their card by "looking for their fingerprints". You do finally find their card successfully and when you touch the card to a candle flame a big black thumb print appears!!!

There are also dozens of great ways to reveal I selected card... like putting a duplicate on someone's front porch. Force the card that matches the duplicate, then tell them that you think you hear someone at the front door :-)

One of my favorite gags that Grant explains is by a magician named Eddie Hatch.

Eddie has the deck shuffled and placed in his pocket then he has anyone name any card. He then reaches in his pocket and pulled out a random card. If it hits, it's a miracle, if not, Eddie just says "one day it's going to work and it will be a miracle!".
Which will get a big laugh. I love this because it's worth trying and you never know when you are going to get a hit. And if it doesn't. It's really funny and it's a great laugh in my show. :-)

That is one thing that is always evident in any Grant trick or script. He is always worried about entertaining first. And that's all. He is not worried about how the effect is done or difficult methods. Just being entertaining to the audience.

This is a good thing to focus on :-)

Here is a clip of one of my favorite Grant creations followed by a list of some of my favorite Grant Tricks.

* Cow Trick (1943)
 you can watch it here:

* Temple Screen (1944)
* Chen Lee Water Suspension (1945)
* Cheek to Cheek (1948)
* Bengal Net Illusion (1954)
* 100 Tips & Gags (1936)
* 100 More Tips and Gags (1937)
* 50 Kute Koin Tricks (1940)
* 50 Crazy Card Stunts (1940)

National thanks to "magicPedia" for some info.

Posted by Nathan Kranzo on January 31, 2017. 19 Comments

A toast to Trost!!!!



Nick Trost

Nick Trost has created some amazing card magic. He has published dozens of books on card magic as well as many popular packet tricks.

Trost wrote and edited a column on card magic in The New Tops from May 1961 until December 1994.

He had a Hocus Pocus Parade in Linking Ring, Vol. 34, No. 12 (February 1955) and received the award for Originality of a Card Effect at the IBMConvention in Pittsburgh, PA that same year.

He may be remembered for one of his most notable creations the "eight card brainwave".

This is really a brilliant creation. Clever construction combined with Marlo's "olram display" move sequence.

In this classic effect you show eight cards and the spectator can think of, or name anyone. It's a free choice. Then you cleanly show that every single card is blue except for the one they chose which has a red back.

I have published a version of this trick using 8 credit cards. They choose any one. And then you show that all the cards are stamped with the words "declined" except for the one they chose.

In the 1970s and 80s and even the early part of the 90s "packet tricks" were very popular amongst magic shops and dealers.

(A packet trick is basically a card trick that just uses a small packet of 4 to 10 cards. Often times using a gaff or specially printed cards)

This style of card trick was highly marketed by magic shops and mail order magic stores.

When I worked at the Cuckoo's Nest magic shop during college in Pittsburgh I would often demonstrate his packet Trick "fly circus", it was a lot of fun to perform and very off beat.

You can find a list of many of his books and packet trick creations at Magicpedia.  Interested students should look up all of his material but a good place to start is The Card Magic Of Nick Trost.

Today I would like to bring your attention to a lesser known booklet of Nick's.

'CARD Problems' is the name of the booklet and it contains 12 impromptu card routines.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

"Two card transposition"
In Nick's handling he uses an odd backed card so it's very easy to follow the transposition because the cards have different backs. This is a transposition with a kicker ending. And is all accomplished with nothing more than a double lift

"cards in pocket mystery"
This is my favorite trick in the book. While you're back is turned and you are on the other side of the have the spectator shuffle about half the deck. After some simple instructions they select a card and you have them divide the cards they have shuffled into colors placing them in different pockets.

You are NOW able to tell them how many red cards are in their pocket, how many black cards are in the other pocket. And you are able to tell them the card they are thinking of!

And it's self working!!!!

There is another hidden gem in this book. A very strong packet trick where you clearly show the four Queens and the four Kings. The Kings are dropped on top of the Queens and immediately you can cleanly deal through the cards showing that they have all paired up instantly!!!!!

Honestly if you just search the Internet for anything by Nick Trost. Just get it. You'll be happy you did. Many of those booklets are out of print and hard to find but it will be worth the search. And luckily most of his material has been reprinted in the recent release of his "subtle card miracle" series.


Posted by Nathan Kranzo on January 24, 2017. 3 Comments

Ellis Stanyon

Ellis Stanyon published and edited his own journal known as Magic (Stanyon's Magic).  In the first issue of Magic he set out his intention which was to‚ 'popularize the Art of Sleight of Hand'. It was first published in October 1900 and ran for 177 issues with a break during World War I; the final issue was published in June 1920.

A few years back L&L publishing released a huge hardbound volume that was a collection of all of the magazines. I own it and it is one of the coolest books I have in my library.   Also happens to be the thickest and heaviest. It's huge!

It is full of great Magic. It is encyclopedic in nature.

The book that I would like to bring your attention to today is also by Ellis Stanyon but is lesser-known. It is a more slender volume but has some amazing card magic. Much of which simple and sleight free.

In particular you will find of interest the chapter titled "tricks performed without the aid of sleight of hand".

The book is called "Card Tricks For Everyone" with an introduction by John Mulholland. It is a collection of great card magic both impromptu and using apparatus.

There are some real hidden gems in this book. For instance there is a very old trick called "the card banner (new method)"

The effect is pretty cool. Three chosen cards shuffled with the rest of the pack.  The pack is then thrown into the air and the selected cards are caught on a black velvet banner.

Imagine someone updating this effect with a modern presentation and a scarf......or even maybe your ex girlfriend/boyfriend's old T-shirt. This is a very visual magical effect.

Another piece of gold is an effect titled "Long-Distance Second Site With Cards". This is an effect that you would perform with another performer or partner....if you teach this effect to your friend or significant other you will have a miracle that you can perform anywhere.

One of my favorite tricks in the book is very simple but it will entertain and fool!!!!

The name of the trick is "to discover a chosen card by its weight".

It's a very easy's all in the presentation. You have 12 cards taken from the deck and the effect is performed with just those 12 cards. You have a card selected from the 12. You handle the remaining 11 cards and after a few moments you announce that you have memorized the weight of all the cards.

When the selection is received in the right-hand press the thumbnail heavily on the right-hand corner which will result in a slight bruise on the face of the card. The cards can be shuffled as much as you want. Now ask the spectator to hand the cards to you one at a time and it's an easy matter to feel for the bruise as you are handling each card.

As each card is handed to you you place the cards one at a time alternately on the back of the right and left hand as if you are weighing them.

This is so simple but the presentation is killer.

Do you have a favorite Stanyon affect? If so can you please post it on the blog here below where it says "comments". Thank you so much and as always thanks for reading.


P.S. I highly recommend anything with Stanyon's name on it.

Here is a list of many of his books

Posted by Nathan Kranzo on January 18, 2017. 10 Comments
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