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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. 1 Comments



IF YOU HAVE any questions or would like to sign up for one of the Lectures or workshops near YOU just drop me an email  : )


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

25 Boise, ID

Posted by Nathan Kranzo on August 05, 2014. 1 Comments

Open Faced Sandwich



Don't Forget the $10 Deal!!!

Posted by Nathan Kranzo on May 05, 2014. 4 Comments





April 5 MIAMI, FL

Lecture at 3pm
Evening show 8pm
South Miami/Coral Gables Elks Lodge 1676
6304 SW 78th Street
Miami, FL 33143

April 6 TAMPA, FL
4pm @The Magic Emporium
4429 Gunn Highway
Tampa, FL 33618

Private Workshop
Contact for details

7pm @ NCS School Office
1990 West New Have Ave
Suite 307
Melbourne, FL

Posted by Nathan Kranzo on March 28, 2014. 3 Comments

Nathan Kranzo EAST COAST TOUR starts this Sunday!!!


Sunday, March 9th—I.B.M. 23—Cleveland, OH
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Venue and Address: Metrohealth Medical Center, 2500 Metrohealth Drive, Room R170, Phone 216-778-7800

Monday, March 10th—SAM 161—Scotch Plains, NJ
Time: Lecture: 8:00 p.m.
Venue and Address: Stage House Tavern, 366 Park Ave., Scotch Plains, NJ

Tuesday, March 11th—SAM 16—Worcester, MA
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Venue and Address: The Magic Barn, 175R Main Street, Ashland, MA

Wednesday, March 12th—Diamond Magic—Peabody, MA
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Venue and Address: Diamond Magic, 515 Lowell Street, Suite #4
Peabody, MA

Thursday, March 13th—Long Island, NY—Ring 244
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Venue and Address: Parker Jewish Institute, 271-11 76th Ave., New Hyde Park, NY

Friday, March 14th—Ring 79—Binghamton, NY
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue and Address: UHS Wilson Medical Center, Picciano Building, Cafeteria Conference Room, 40 Arch Street, Johnson City, NY

Posted by Nathan Kranzo on March 05, 2014. 1 Comments

Things That Create Strong Magic





1. Perform amazing magic with borrowed objects.

It could be something as simple as performing a coin effect with borrowed quarters.  Or you can borrow a penny and cause it to break by starring at it. Borrow a key and cause the metal to twist, rub the signature on a borrowed bill changing it into THEIR name and let them keep it, cause a borrowed quarter to heat up and bend, change a one dollar bill into a five, or how about causing a borrowed bill to smoke! Click here for a great example.

2. Perform something amazingly visual.

This can be something as simple as a well executed color change with cards....all the way up to card thru window. Cause a dollar bill to FOLD UP by itself, your shoelaces to TIE THEMSELVES, a torn newspaper visually restores, make your tie change color, stab thru the deck to a selected card with a knife. Click here for a great example.

3. Do something magical in THEIR hands.

Cause one little sponge ball to multiply into 3O little balls. make ashes, words or numbers appear on their palm, cause an English Penny to vanish or change into a quarter in their closed fist, cause a quarter to melt in their hand, make a piece of chocolate and a piece of gum change places in their hands. A piece of cut string restores in their fist etc. Click here for a great example.

4. Make something move.

A deck of cards cuts all bit itself to the selected card. A stick of gum slowly creeps out of the pack when you offer them a stick. A pen placed onto the table rolls off and falls to the floor, A card slowly rises from the deck while in the card box THEY are holding, a borrowed pencil slowly rises up to the sky when placed into a bottle, a fork laying on their hand moves and falls off their hand to the floor. Click here for a great example.

5. Make something VANISH and appear in an Impossible Location.

A signed playing card is rubbed away to nothing and appears under their Drink! A playing card is signed, vanishes, and appears in a sealed envelope or wallet. A borrowed ring vanishes and appears inside of a Walnut, A borrowed coin vanishes in a flash of fire and appears inside of a nest of wallets, a borrowed Cell phone vanishes and appears inside a loaf of bread. A borrowed bill vanishes and appears inside a lemon, four borrowed objects vanish and appear in different pockets! Click here for a great example.

6. Read their mind, or tell them something they merely thought of.

Reveal their Telephone Number or, a friends name, a favorite color, food etc.  Tell them a word they are thinking of from a borrowed book. Reveal their thought of card, tell them which hand they are holding a coin in, reveal to them their birthday or astrological sign.  Maybe tell them what drink they are thinking of and then produce it.  Click here for a great example.

7. Give them an interesting or impossible object as a souvenir.

A magically Bent and TWISTED Fork, A playing card with TWO cards melted together, a penny morphed with a nickel, two pretzels linked together, a bent wine glass, a coin stuck in a bottle etc. Click here for a great example.

8. Produce something amazing and unexpected.

A refreshing ice cold drink from your wallet, a giant rock the size of your foot removed from your shoe. an icecream cone from your pocket, any unexpected object, a small animal or child, a giant block of ice, hundreds of cockroaches, or cause a giant lollipop to appear in your mouth. Click here for a great example.

9.  Predict something that will happen in the newspaper, on your voicemail, or with facebook, twitter etc.

Reveal what card they thinking of in the local newspaper THAT DAY. Or have them call your 1-800 number to reveal their thought of card, or what they had for breakfast, favorite color, their breast size etc. You can reveal a picture of the city they are thinking of on your Facebook page posted the day before. You predict an audience members favorite car, and vacation destination with a Twitter post seconds before the effect started. Click here for a great example.


If you can get into the room before the audience you can do things like placing a force card under a tablecloth or inside a sugar packet. You can load things under chairs, stuck on windows, inside vending machines etc. Load someone's pocket with a force card, a coin or other object. You can vanish a duplicate that object and have them reach in their pocket to reveal it. Very easy to drop things in handbags too. You can find out their birthday and have them write down their name, burn the paper with their name written on it and perform ashes on arm to reveal birthday. Find out a person's name or address or phone number and you can do so many things. Any preshow info you have can be used to "feed back" to them during revelations if you are performing a mentalism piece. For instance if you know someone's street address you can combine that with the revelation of their selected card. “I see two BIG hearts at the end of a street. I think the road is Jackson, or Jason...I think it's Jackson Avenue...and you are thinking of the Two of Hearts is that right?”. Of course you'll be right and this plays huge. Click here for a great example.

Posted by Nathan Kranzo on October 31, 2013. 1 Comments

Nathan Kranzo California Lecture Tour Dates!


The Good Vibrations Tour


Next month I'm hitting the road for a little California tour. 

Very much looking forward to seeing old friends and visiting some new amazing places. 



The Doubletree Hotel @ Mission Valley 7pm SOLD OUT!!!


The Beach House 5005-6 Cliff Dr. Capitola 7pm


Grand Illusions, Carmichael 7:30pm


Magic Galore & More, Westminster 1pm


The Magic Apple, Studio City 6pm


Posted by Nathan Kranzo on August 07, 2013. 5 Comments

May Lecture TOUR!!! Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska.


2-4 Canton, OH Battle Of Magicians

Thursday Night I'll be lecturing and also performing on the show 

with Daryl, Lick Lewin, George Saterial and Fielding West!  

This should be an amazing convention.

5 Columbus, OH Hosting Penguin LIVE

12 Columbus, OH Hosting Penguin LIVE

18 Wichita, KS Lecture


Rick Pough's

801 N. Emerson St.

Wichita, KS

20 Omaha, NB Lecture


Southwest Church of Christ Meeting Hall
124th Street & West Center Road
Omaha, Nebraska 68144-2707

21 Lincoln, NB Lecture


Magic Shop

1125 North 10th Street 

Lincoln, Nebraska. 


23 Denver, CO Lecture 


Children's Haven
2600 S Sheridan
Denver, CO 80227


Hope to see you at one of the lectures! : )

Posted by Nathan Kranzo on April 24, 2013. 3 Comments

Spring Schedule



17 Columbus, OH Hosting Penguin LIVE

24 Columbus, OH Hosting Penguin LIVE

28 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Lecture for IBM


1 West Palm, FL IBM Lecture

4 Bradenton, FL Sarasota SAM Lecture

12-13 Louisiana Magic Weekend

20 Michigan Magic Day 

21 Columbus, OH Hosting Penguin LIVE

22 Louisville, KY IBM Lecture

28 Columbus, OH Hosting Penguin LIVE


2-4 Canton, OH Battle Of Magicians

5 Columbus, OH Hosting Penguin LIVE

12 Columbus, OH Hosting Penguin LIVE

17 Wichita, KS Lecture

20 Omaha, NB Lecture

21 Lincoln, NB Lecture 

23 Denver, CO Lecture 


2 Columbus, OH Hosting Penguin LIVE

4 Petoskey, MI Private Event



17  Chicago, IL Club Lecture

22 Bay Harbor, MI Private Event
Posted by Nathan Kranzo on March 14, 2013. 2 Comments



I will be heading for Florida next month for a little relaxation.  BUT first I'll be doing a couple lectures before I hit the beach!

Come see me if you are in the area please.  I'm happy to be presenting several new effects and pieces in my lecture that are sure to astonish and delight!!!

March 28th

Ft. Lauderdale Area Magicians 

7pm Lecture

Tamarac Community Center

8601 W. Commercial Blvd.

Tamarac, FL 33351

April 1st 

West Palm Area Magicians

Lecture at 7pm

Total Wine 

850 N. congress Avenue

Boynton Beach, FL 33426

April 4 

Sarasota Area Magicians

Lecture at 7pm

Temple Beth Sholom



Posted by Nathan Kranzo on February 15, 2013. 3 Comments