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Posted by Nathan Kranzo on March 14, 2011. 3 Comments

Comedic Situations.

Every day people ask me how I create routines, magic and comedy.  There is no exact way.  But my favorite way to create is to just play with a premise and see what happens.  When it comes to comedy I try to create a comedic situation on stage and see what can be birthed from it.  Sometimes nothing.  Sometimes I wonder what the hell I was thinking.  Other times you are given gifts of pure gold. 

Creating interactive situations with your audience is key.  Today I'd like to share with you a way to make an effect you ALREADY know much more entertaining.

The focus for me in this routine is creating a FUNNY SITUATION with the spectator on stage and finally and AMAZING AND MAGICAL REVELATION of the selected card.

One of the strongest and most magical effects of ALL CARD MAGIC is the Rising Card.  Anytime a card moves or slides from the deck it looks so ghostly and magical.  People don't soon forget seeing things like this.  This is why it is a classic.

So grab your old Arne Rising Card deck, or your Oh Wee Gee Card Gaff, or your elastic thread or WHATEVER.  The method doesn't really matter although I would recommend my effect Box Monster.

The premise for the effect is that if the volunteer concentrates on their card, combined with BOTH of your focused energies....the card will reveal itself from the deck.

The PICTURE I like to create on stage is this.

The spectator is holding the cased deck.  I either hold their hand or ask them to EXTEND THEIR FINGER and we touch fingers just like E.T.

Essentially I am creating this "circle of energy".  I ask her to concentrate on her card and to hold the box high in the air. 

I pretend its not working after a false start or two.  Then I pull out a 9 volt battery and say something like "we need more juice Mable...".

I then TRY AS hard as I can to get them to stick their tongue on the battery.  (the battery I have does not have any life left so it doesn't shock your tongue).  

Trying to get them to put their tongue on the battery is where you get to have fun and play.

Obviously you can milk tons of comedy out of this moment.  I usually keep trying to get them to put their tongue on the battery several times until they either refuse or they actually comply and begin to stick out their tongue....and then I'll pull it away from them and say "wow she was actually gonna do it!".  Do not actually let them touch it.  That is gross.

Then I'll slowly grimace and apply the Battery to my tongue.  As I do this I shake slightly and I shake her hand as well.  By this time she will relax and the combination of that and my shaking will usually be enough to get the card to rise from the box.  If not then I'll simply tell her to relax...and that does the trick.

Once the card starts to rise people will gasp and when you reveal it is actually the selected card you will receive applause.

It occurs to me that the method you are using must be based on tension where the card will rise when pressure is released on the deck.  Since many modern card rises rely on this you should not have a problem.  As always email me with any questions!  nathankranzo@gmail.com

Enjoy!!!!

Kranzo

P.S.  MAKE SURE THE BATTERY IS DEAD.  I accept no responsibility for anyone who burns their tongue.  Putting a battery on your tongue is stupid.  But i do it.

Posted by Nathan Kranzo on February 25, 2011. 0 Comments

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Posted by Nathan Kranzo on December 23, 2010. 4 Comments

Card Magic USA

 My friend from the UK Peter Duffie has compiled an incredible book from all American card guys!  This book will be out in just a few weeks.  It will be available HERE at Kranzo Magic.  Here is a sneak peak at the table of contents!

 Card Magic USA Project

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Jon Armstrong
My Opening Act / The Lucky Chip
 
Lee Asher
Milking the Boards
 
John Bannon
Aces Over Easy
 
Steve Beam
Turning Heads
 
John B. Born
The Perfect Pick
 
Steve Bryant
Dr. Jaks Goes to Mexico / A Sure-fire Prediction
Antonio Cabral
The Sting, too / The Pub Shuffle
 
Jack Carpenter
Direct Control / Open Spread Switch #1
 
Steve Dacri
Color Changing Deck / Hard to Improve on Perfection
 
Steve Draun
May’s Aces
 
Steve Dusheck
Mind Reading Svengali / Pokerello
 
Steve Ehlers
Stevens Aces (plus Stevens Control) / Hold’em Stack
 
Tom Frame
Leadership Potential / Off-Color Sandwich
 
Cameron Francis
Certainty / George’s Secret
 
JK Hartman
Position Possession
 
Wesley James
My Visitor II / The Discolored Visitor
 
Joshua Jay
Predictamation
 
Marty Kane
Pole Dancing / Sofa King
 
Bob King
Another Late Night Session / Color Cut
 
Nathan Kranzo
Kranzo’s Kool Kut / Instant Foursome
 
Chad Long
Mat Slap / T.C.O.H.T.P.C.
 
Harry Lorayne
3-4-1 / Sandwich Plus Two
 
Bill Malone
Up My Sleeve / The Incredible Six-Card Trick
 
Ryan Matney
Doc John’s Aces / Penultimate Man
 
Max Maven
Cycle
 
Steve Mayhew
The Way of All Flesh (with Antonio Cabral)
 
Stephen Minch
A-Ten-Tion
James Patton
Clip Force / Hole Card Switch
 
Jeff Pierce
The Blackjack Stack
 
Gary Plants
Collecting-Up in the Air / Count Me In
 
Mike Powers
Switch on Dingle
 
Jon Racherbaumer
Honeymoon Fusion
 
Steve Reynolds
Easy Coin Cut / In Memory of J.C. Wagner
 
Robin Robertson
Kosky Transpo Sandwich / King Cornelius’ Stack
 
Harvey Rosenthal
The Old West / The Queens Go Belly Up
 
Steve Shufton
Co-Signed
 
Bob Solari
Bad Credit / Invisible Opener
 
Ryan Swigert
Hancock in Your Pants
 
Dan Tong
Tel-Tale Joker / Rough Guy
 
Diamond Jim Tyler
Frog Hair / The Magic of Halitosis
 
Mike Vance
Speed Dating / 4for3 Alchemy
 
Michael Weber
Tip Of the Trunk
 
Caleb Wiles
Color Heist / The Paparazzi Packet Trick
 

PAST MASTERS

Roger Klause
Three Letters on Vernon & Walton
 
Gene Maze
Peeping Tom
 
Michael Skinner
Four Ace Cutting
 
Paul Swinford
Bits and Pieces
 
Frank Thompson
O & W Displacement Technique



Posted by Nathan Kranzo on December 22, 2010. 1 Comments

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! EZ Intuition

Howdy Folks!!  

Here is a little XMAS PRESENT FROM KRANZO MAGIC!!!

This is a GREAT little card effect that I've used as an opener over the years.  

 

An old stand buy.  I hope you get as much fun out of it as I have. 

 

E-Z Intuition

The premise is you will test someone's intuition to see if they can find
their OWN selected card. They find it 3 times. Each phase builds. I
start the effect with a line that gets a laugh. Below is the opening line.
"Generally they say that women are more in tune with their feelings or
'intuitive'. They call it the feminine intuition. SO tonight we will test
someone to see how in tune they are with their feminine intuition......"
(pause for a beat as if looking for someone.....then point at Bob or any
strong male figure in the audience.)
 
"BOB! Lets do this!"
 
"Just Kidding....Bob I'll leave you alone...but the lovely lady next to you
, if she would be so kind?  What is your name young lady?"
 
A nice lady now picks a card and you control it via your favorite method. I 
usually retain the selection on top and simply shuffle not disturbing the top stock.
FORCE ONE. Use Eddie Fechter's packet force as taught in the lecture.
What is nice about this force is it gives you so much freedom to jazz the
force which makes it look so "free". (basically hold a break above the
selection and cut small packets to the table timing so they say stop when
you get to the selection). Its fun to jazz and ask them which pile they'd
like. They tend to pick the last one pointed to. “this one, or this one?”.

FORCE TWO. I use a Charlie Miller force taught to me by Gary Plants. SO 
easy but looks free. It is very similar to the classic force but instead
of spreading the cards in your hands you spread them on the table timing
it so they say stop when you get to the break. Alternatively you could use
a riffle or a dribble force here.
 
Each time they find their own card I make a big deal about how they 
might have gotten lucky.

FORCE THREE. The third and final force is simply Max Holden's Cross
Cut force. Ask them to quickly cut the deck (lift off half and set it off to the
side). Ask them to do this while not thinking or with their eyes closed.
You now “mark the cut” crossing the deck. At this point recap what
happened and point out the increased impossibility of them finding their
own card. I also point out that for this final sequence I didn't even touch 
the cards and that THEY cut the deck themselves.  This is half true.  : )
While the forces performed actually get easier for the performer they get 
stronger and more impossible in the spectator's eyes.
 
Have fun with this.  It's strong, easy and enables you to engage with 
someone quickly.  Plus it can be done with any deck of cards just handed 
to you.  If you have any questions please drop me an email at 
nathankranzo@gmail.com
 
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Posted by Nathan Kranzo on December 21, 2010. 2 Comments

Black Box

 

A small black box has arrived last friday to the Kranzo Magic offices. What's inside the box? Tell us your best original, crazy, weird guess just for Fun, and the 7 most original submissions will get for free what's inside the box. It's something... Hot...

 

 

Posted by Nathan Kranzo on September 12, 2010. 23 Comments

Instant Everything

Hey Guys!

I’ve pretty much decided the blog will be random.

Coming soon. Instant Everything.

Posted by Nathan Kranzo on May 06, 2010. 4 Comments

UK Rocks

Had a blast hanging with Kostya in the Uk over the weekend. Saw some old friends and made lots of new ones!!! I’ll write more soon but here is a little article about the trip….

Click Here for Inside Magic Article

Posted by Nathan Kranzo on March 31, 2010. 0 Comments

Wanna have some fun?

Andrew Mayne posted an interesting link on his TWITTER account a couple of days ago. It was a link to an article about a 17 year old who created a new website that has exploded. Its called Chatroulette.

So. I checked it out. Holy s#@&!

First off I must say that it is still in its infancy and I can see it going through some changes. BUT the basic concept is very simple and sound. Push a button to instantly see/talk to a RANDOM person somewhere in the world.

You will see anything from a drunk French guy, giggling college girls, and dudes masterbating.

As I said it is in its infancy still so not much regulation.

But being a dork I decided to just perform magic for random people. I would do something quick to grab their attention. Sometimes the person would quickly click on to the next person but often they would be caught off guard…and then begin watching and commenting. Then often they would grab their friends. I would only do it for maybe 10-30 seconds then say goodbye and move on.

I remember one kid who was probably about 8 or 9 freaking out and trying to get his mom. I believe he was speaking German. Of course when mom stepped in I clicked to the next person. Mom probably didn’t believe him. LOL!

This social media tool like anything else can be used to do terrible and crazy things. BUT I used it for about an hour to seriously MESS with people’s heads and had a BLAST.

TALK ABOUT A WAY TO GET INSTANT FEEDBACK!

Now you can show your new move instantly to some random guy in Honduras.

Enjoy!

Click HERE for a new way to perform Magic…..and possibly see a sexually frustrated dude.

Posted by Nathan Kranzo on March 15, 2010. 0 Comments

BACK HOME....for a few days anyway...

Howdy Folks!

I had a blast in The Winter Carnival of Magic in Pigeon Forge, TN over the weekend! I got to hang out with one of my good old friends Eric Buss and ran into Steve Bargatze, Steve Beam, Tim Felix and others. I had no idea that Pigeon Forge was sorta like a little mini Vegas thrown right in the middle of Tennessee. Cool place and thanks to all who attended my lecture there!

While I was lectureing in Virgina I got to meet the great Ed “Carlyle” Fowler. You may know him from his Mentalism DVD The Carlyle Touch. Ed was a super nice guy and was very generous by sharing with me some incredible mentalism ideas. I’ve used Ed’s little pocket dictionary for years for pre-show work and probably what got me thinking about DICTION. Ed loved DICTION and asked that I send him one. You got one? Click HERE for DICTION.

SPEAKING of incredible Mentalism. Another highlight of my trip was spending time with my good friend Alain Nu. Alain is one of the top Mystery Entertainers in the world and we spent most of our time listening to live music and eating great food. Alain lives outside Washington D.C. and sitting in Adams Morgan with Alain discussing the finer points of performance over falafel is one of my favorite things. Alain handed me a little booklet before I left his place. It rocks! With Alain’s permission I think I’ll soon let you all in on what it is.

Keep a look out very soon for a special little side project that Alain and I are working on. : )

Well….thats all for now. I’ve got a private party this weekend and then off to the UK to perform at the Northern Magic Circle Convention. CLICK HERE for more info. This will be a blast! Kostya Kimlat, Marc Paul, Chris Priest and many more………plus ME!!! : )

Have a great week everyone!!!!

Later,

Kranzo

LECTURE LEFTOVERS!

I have NINE black Conradi Revelation packages left over from this little lecture tour. First come first serve!

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Also I have about 30 pocket writers left. If you attended my lecture at the Winter Carnival of Magic you saw the look on everyone’s face when he pulled the card from my wallet and it said “Freddy”. I often use this WITH DICTION.

This is something I only teach in my lecture. If your interested just order one and then drop me an email nathankranzo@gmail.com and i’ll PERSONALLY email you the routine I use it for. Its killer!!!!
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Posted by Nathan Kranzo on March 10, 2010. 0 Comments