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J.G. Thompson JR.



This is a great book full is simple and elegant card magic.  

J.G. Thompson Jr. is not only a magician and creator, but responsible for putting together some amazing collections of magic in book form. 

Here is a marvelous excerpt from the forward written by John Braun in 1972.


"He has definitively struck "pay dirt" in this book which he has whimsically titled THE LIVING END. In simpler terms, this is an encyclopedia collection of endings for one of the most popular branches of magic, the "take a card, look at a card, remember a card, think of a card, any card," opening. 

Having completed the stage, the performer knows either the identity of the card or its whereabouts in the pack, and sometimes he knows both. And, as John Northern Hilliard put it back in 1908 Downs' ART OF MAGIC, "He would be a very lame performer who would simply take a card off the pack (or out of it) and hand it to a spectator with the remark, "here's your card."



Over 200 impromptu take-a-card trick endings!!!

This book is a gold mine of card revelations and ideas from great magicians and card guys of another era from:

John Scarne

Bert Douglas 

Arthur Buckley 

T. Page Wright

Dr. Jacob Daley

Ted Annemann

Jack Merlin

Stanley Collins

Orville Meyer 

U.F. Grant

S.H. Sharpe

Henry Christ

Stewart James 

And the list goes on!!!!!!!

Most of it is Self working or very minimal sleights.  

Highly recommended.  

I'm going to share with you one of my favorite tricks from this book. But before I do my question is does anybody else have this book? Does anybody else have any favorites? Please post here on the blog and let me know :-) 

Posted by Nathan Kranzo on January 02, 2017. 4 Comments

A great self working card trick to try!!!

 I got tons of great feedback from my blog post yesterday about self working card magic.

 Lots of people replied and mentioned some really great card tricks that you want to look up :-)

 Please go back and look at the original blog post to see all of the posts that people made. There is some great information there.


Michael M. Breggar  writes a column for the IBM Linking Ring magazine and was nice enough to contribute this great self working card trick that originally appeared in the Linking Ring. Enjoy!



By Michael M. Breggar
“Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana,” Groucho Marx observed.
This column began one year ago… where did the time go? I’ve received so many nice emails from you, I am truly humbled. So, I am going to celebrate the One Year anniversary of Auto-Magic by giving away one of my favorite effects. I have used it as a closer for years. One normally associates a “closer” effect as one which is the topper of all the other effects. Ironically, Drawn Conclusion is not the ultimate brain-buster by any means. Most magicians will think they can perform the exact same effect a myriad of different ways … that is, until they start to think about what they had just seen. And how the cards are in the spectator’s control through almost the entire effect. And with no sleights yet!
I had been playing around with a few methods to achieve this effect. Most of them involved sleights, but I soon realized I could have the same impact using this non-sleight method (which germinated from card location ideas from Richard Osterlind to similar thinking in several older publications including Hugard’s Encyclopedia of Card Tricks and others). Drawn became the closer I would use after I did some pretty heavy-duty mentalism or card effects. I wanted to end on a humorous, upbeat note. I wasn’t after the ultimate puzzler. My “test” spectators were indeed puzzled, but they also laughed, as the outcome was totally unexpected and really very funny.
“Drawn Conclusion”
The celebrated magician, after performing a few effects, some with cards, picks up the deck once again and gives it a good riffle shuffle or two. “We are going to try something different here. See if you possess some extra-sensory abilities.”
You spread the cards casually face up, addressing your selected assistant. “You don’t see any pattern here, do you? They are pretty well mixed, right?” You now flip the deck face down and ribbon spread them. “Please place your finger on any one card and slide it out of the pack. Be very careful and do this slowly as I do not want you to see the card.”
Your assistant follows your instructions. After the card clears the spread, turn your palms upright as if to show them empty, and then down again as you square the deck. Carefully square the edges all even. Make a show about it as if you are obsessive about neatness! “Since I will not touch the deck again, I like to see that the cards neatly squared! Now, again being careful not to look at the card, place it neatly on top of the deck. And square everything up.”
The volunteer complies.
“Do you have any idea as to what card you selected? Think it was a red card? Black card? High or low card? Well, we are going to try to see if you can transmit the identity of the card you haven’t even seen to me. Place your fingertips on top of the card. Like you were using a Ouija Board.” Again, showing your hands completely empty you demonstrate placing the fingertips on top.

You grab a blank tablet and marking pen and boldly draw a rectangle: the start of a picture of a playing card. “I need you to concentrate hard on the selected card. Let the impulses flow from your fingers to your brain, then to me. And I will draw exactly what those impulses tell me.”
You draw a little, get impulses a little and draw some more. Finally, “Sorry my artwork is a bit crude, but this is what I received. Looks like the King of Clubs.” You show your audience your childish rendering.
“Take a look at the card you selected.” The spectator turns over the top card and sees it is a duplicate of your drawing! A sloppy rendering of the King of Clubs! And all the other cards are normal in every way!

Indeed, no palming, no sleights are needed. Just a little bit of repositional glue and the pacing as if you were really doing telepathy.
The glue is “repositional” glue. It is available in most office supply stores and is similar to the glue used in “Post-It” notes. You’ll also need a blank playing card that matches the backs of a standard deck. Take a marking pen and draw a King of Clubs. Be as crude and silly as you want to be! Let the ink dry, then give the back of the card a good smear with the glue stick along the four edges. Use the white borders as a guide and spread the glue about ¼-inch further. Because the edges are gimmicked, the spectator will be able to handle the card at the end without fear the edges will “curl” or otherwise expose the solution. Let that sit alone for an hour or so, place it on top of the deck and you are ready to go.

If you had previously performed a few card tricks, you’ll need to get the gimmick to the top. You could have the card in your jacket pocket and while finishing your previous effect, nonchalantly remove it and place it on top of the deck. Just remember the back of the card is very tacky. You may want to cover it with a Joker that you’d peel off quickly and leave behind (that is what I do. I have the deck in the card case with the Joker on top of my sticky King. As I remove the cards from the case, I pull the Joker off and toss it face up on the table. I say nothing about it…just begin the effect.)
With the sticky King on top, you could easily perform a few riffle or overhand shuffles while maintaining said King on top of the deck. And no one will notice or suspect the glue on top.
When you spread the cards to show how they are all different, you are also showing your audience that this is a “normal” deck and that the cards are not in any predetermined order. Just be careful not to flash Ol’ Sticky on top!
When the spectator places their card on top, it will adhere nicely to the sticky force card. Still, you take no chances and press the cards together a bit when you demonstrate how to place the fingertips on top of the deck.
Keep the deck nice and square when you square it up. The edges of the sticky card must align with the selected card. If you have any doubts that the cards are fully aligned, you may wish to turn over the top card yourself. I have performed this trick dozens upon dozens of times and never had a problem. And never once did the volunteer suspect they were turning over two cards!

Follow the presentation used above and really play up the mind transference bit. Your audience will have no idea where this ends up, because everyone will be expecting the card turned-over to be the “regular” KoC. Trust me, you’ll get lots of laughs with the applause. Drawn Conclusion is highly satisfying and a joy to perform.

Even after a year, Michael loves hearing from you! Send your thoughts and your Auto-Magic trick ideas to

Posted by Nathan Kranzo on December 29, 2016. 5 Comments

Self Working Card Magic / Tom Osborne and Lu Brent

I love card magic.

I love card tricks.  Nothing is more satisfying knowing you can give astonishment and magic feelings to someone with a few pasteboards. 

The last few years I have been addicted to SELF WORKING CARD MAGIC.  The Semi Automatic series put out by Steve Beam is a gold mine.  The Self Working Card Magic books put out by Karl Fulves are another gold mine.  The most recent release from John Bannon is great too!

There are other collections of self working tricks by Stanyon, Jordan, Annemann and the list goes on for miles. 

I recently released a download through Ellusionist called Self Working Card Magic with some of my creations. Two of my favorites are the Card Thru Shoe and a self working Ace Production that happens by spectator's own hands.

But, I honestly believe I have created some of my BEST Self Working Card Magic most recently.  I have a new collection of about a dozen effects that I'm in love with and can't wait to share with you.

Something I absolutely LOVE is finding a new card trick that is either VERY CLEVER, HAS A NEW METHOD, OR A NEW/FRESH PLOT.

I recently read this really cool card trick called "Match It" by Tom Osborne and Lu Brent. 

The idea is soooo clever and simple. 

Get any four of a kind, say the four kings, together and force one of them, cutting the others to the top of the deck.  Turn your back, while the card is being displayed, taking this opportunity of pushing the three other kings up your sleeve or under your belt/in your waste-band. 

Hand the deck to the spectator, have him replace his card, shuffle the deck vigorously and hand the cards to you behind your back.  State that you are going to attempt to find the chosen card and the three that match it......with the cards behind your back.  Face forward and pull the three kings back out of your sleeve and onto the deck and bring forward the top king and place it on the table face down. 

Now false shuffle and cut and lay the second king down.  Repeat so there will be three kings on the table. Repeat the false shuffle and deal an indifferent card to make four cards total.  Three kings and one indifferent card.  

At this point state that you believe you are correct but that you would like to check up before continuing.  Fan rapidly through the deck, locate the 4th king, bring it to the top and blandly announce that you have indeed been successful. 

Ask the spectator to name his card, pick up the 4th king from the top of the deck, flip over the indifferent card, executing a MEXICAN TURNOVER SWITCH and continue flipping over the other three with the indifferent card. 


what a great trick right???  The idea of sleeving the cards, or putting them in your back pocket even, is brilliant.  Not only is it a great way to control the cards but there is always that moment when you turn around "while they look at their card and show it around".  This moment is always a great moment to do something sneaky because they are not paying attention to you at all.

SO.  My goal, and my challenge to you is this.

Can we take out the Mexican Turnover?  Can we make it self working?

One of my favorite solutions to a problem like this is to eliminate the move and replace it with a unique subtlety, unique movement or unique presentation twist.

There is really no wrong answer.  But lets have some fun!!!  I'll post my thoughts and solution in a day or two.  : )  Have fun!!! : )


Posted by Nathan Kranzo on December 28, 2016. 13 Comments

LIGHTNING Card To Wallet by Nathan Kranzo

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Houdini And Doyle


I was honored to be asked to perform some mind reading for the preview of the new FOX TV show HOUDINI & DOYLE.  

Posted by Nathan Kranzo on June 07, 2016. 0 Comments

Go Mental

Do YOU Like Mentalism? You should. Here's Why!

I performed close up and strolling magic for years before I stumbled upon one of the strongest effects in my repertoire.

The effect was the basic revelation of a "thought of" WORD under the guise of a card trick.

The revelation of the thought of word was always so powerful and sometimes even moved people to the point of extreme laughter or even tears of joy.

This shocked me.

I discovered something powerful.


Revealing something that is Relevant and personal to someone such as a thought, or someone's name, is 1000 times more relevant than most of the magic that we do.

If you reveal their 7 of hearts
in your wallet that's bad ass.

BUT if you rub ashes on your arm and reveal their mother's name.....You are a miracle worker.

And you will be talked about forever.

If you haven't discovered the power of Mentalism I am offering some simple tools to help you along the way.

If you HAVE already been applying Mentalism to your performances then you might want to add some of these weapons to your arsenal.

The Tru Test
Magazine Test
They think of a word in the magazine and you tell them....this is a closer.

The Coolest Book Test
Two gimmicked soft bound books that can be examined. An amazing book test that you will love.

Mindzilla Series Vol. 1-3
Three volumes full of powerful mentalism effects that are offbeat and original.

EZ Add A Number
Using some borrowed business cards or a small writing pad you can perform one of the strongest effects!!! And as you'll see on the DVD… The closer to my act.

Use any borrowed magazine or newspaper to perform an amazing feat of impromptu mentalism.
Posted by Nathan Kranzo on December 11, 2014. 2 Comments

Openers. Coming Soon...

Watch this video to learn one of the





In this new VIDEO COURSE I teach you fantastic openers for both close up AND stand up/stage.

Here is a clip of one of the stand up openers I teach. I think you will see why it is one of my favorites. 


It's an opener I've used to open my show for several corporations around the country. 


I'll share with you guys one of the COOLEST ways to make people WANT TO SEE YOUR MAGIC!!!

CLICK HERE for more information

about the OPENERS Course.

Posted by Nathan Kranzo on November 25, 2014. 1 Comments

Happy Birthday Aces

Happy Birthday Aces

It's always easier and a little bit more deceptive if you perform a bottom deal with less than a full deck.

I was thinking of different ways to get in the position...the most notable being a game of poker where hands have already been dealt.

I wanted something quick and to the point so I played with the idea of just cutting off a small packet of cards and using roughly about 30 cards because there are about 30 days in a month.

Set up: one ace is on top three aces on bottom

Start out by false shuffling the deck or simply riffle shuffle without disturbing the top and bottom stock.

Ask them to lift off about 20 cards estimating less than half the deck.

Immediately after they lift off the packet of cards perform a sideslip and push the bottom ace into your right hand and load this is on top of the deck under a squaring motion.

Essentially you are just moving the bottom card to the top.

Now a card is freely selected from the remainder of the cards in your hand. This card is controlled to the bottom by your favorite method. In the video I use a simple spread cull controlling the card to the bottom.

You ask them what day they were born because you have about 30 cards in your hand and "there are about 30 days a month."

Deal to the number that they name and perform a bottom deal when you get to their number.

The card that you bottom deal will be the selection.

As you are revealing the selected card get a break above the bottom card of the deck by buckling or using a pinky pulldown.

Flip the selection facedown on top of the deck and grab the entire deck above the break leaving the bottom card in your left hand while simultaneously placing the deck off to your left with your right hand.

This is essentially the mechanics of the jinx switch.

Flick the card in your hand and turn it face up revealing an ace

Flip the small packet of dealt cards face up revealing an ace.

Flip the top card over of the original packet that they cut and that will be an ace.

Finally flip over the packet that you placed off to the left revealing the last Ace.

Posted by Nathan Kranzo on August 30, 2014. 0 Comments



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September Tour!!!



5 MAES Convention Philadelphia

6 MAES Convention Philadelphia

11 Atlanta Harvest Convention

12 Atlanta Harvest Convention

13 Atlanta Harvest Convention

17 St. Louis WORKSHOP

18 Kansas City

19 Kansas City WORKSHOP 6PM @ Jason Dean's

20 Greeley CO Lecture

21 Greeley CO Workshop

22 Denver, CO Lecture/Workshop

23 Salt Lake City, UT Lecture

24 Boise, ID Lecture

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