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Outside the Box Starring Nate Kranzo (DVD) Prepare to be fooled. Not a polite and congenial fooling; but a down and dirty 'fool the stinkin' pants off you' fooling! Highly Recommended!
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Nathan Kranzo truly thinks outside the box. You want different? Nate gives you a double dose of different. Explore his fresh new plots, innovative methods, and frantic flourishing. 'Diabolical' is sometimes overused in magic, but there isn't a better word that describes Nate's work. You'll truly feel what it's like to be a layman again.

Included on this DVD are Nathan's most popular pieces - wildly original routines with their devious handlings. It's jam-packed with 'do that again' mysteries that are designed for the strolling performer.

  • Queen Routine - At the end of show-off cut, the queen appears TWICE!! For the climax, a freely named Queen miraculously transforms into the selection. Nathan includes his description of his wonderful 'In the Hands Freeman'.
  • International 3-Fly - A radical right turn for the famous 3 Fly plot using 3 different coins
  • Double Sandwich Revelation - Two selections are found with flash and panache! If you like the Buck Twins' work, you'll love this effect.
  • Hot Sauce - A packet of hot sauce appears from a burst of fire. When opened, smoke slowly rolls out the top!
  • Backasswards Travelers - A revolutionary handling of the classic 'Travelers' plot - with a surprise backfire and practically no work.
  • Peak Vanish - The deck vanishes at your fingertips leaving you only with the spectators' selected cards!
  • Jumbo Coin Vanish - The clean vanish of a jumbo 3' coin - and both hands can be shown empty!
  • Credit Card Vanish and Recovery - A barehanded vanish of a credit card, drivers license, I.D. - you name it!
  • Volcanic Coin Drop a borrowed quarter and lit match into your hand - A foot-high flame shoots out of your fist!! Moments later smoke slowly rolls out of your hand and the coin is handed back COMPLETELY BENT IN HALF!
  • Coin through Silk - A silver dollar visually penetrates in and out of a sheer see-through silk. The last penetration happens in the spectator hands, and you end totally clean.

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 4th, 2011
It was an alright DVD, the card tricks were awesome but do require more than a begginers skill, which is good for me. However, every other trick involves a gimmick that you do not recieve, so it's basically pointless to know. So all in all you're paying 25 bucks for a couple cool card tricks.
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I give it 5 because it IS Outside the Box thinking! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 10th, 2004
This DVD is much like a breath of fresh air. Nate did a wonderful job coming up with tricks that take old plots a lot further. His Queens Routine is a work of art that is a lot like Ed Marlo's Think, Touch, Turn and floors an audience. I also enjoyed Bassackwards Travelers and his Credit Card Vanish and Recovery tricks. All of the other trick were good, but these three are very creative and well worth learning. If you are interested in some new, creative magic and not just the pick a card tricks, this one is for you!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 27th, 2003
When I was at the Las Vegas Magic Invitational last year, I had the wonderful opportunity to see Nate Kranzo’s lecture. Some very respectable magicians I know have asked, “Who the heck is Nate Kranzo?!” I think they are beginning to learn. I was presently surprised to find that Mr. Kranzo is a resident of Michigan and located not too far from the Mystic Hollow area (home of Inside Magic’s massive publication plant).

If you know of Mr. Kranzo’s work or you’ve never heard of him, please read on. I was prompted to write this article when I saw that Penguin Magic had a special on his outstanding DVD, “Out of the Box.” I paid more for the volume out in Vegas and it was well worth it. Read On for a review . . .

When I saw Mr. Kranzo’s lecture, I was blown away. I know, magicians always say that. “Oh, I saw the Ball and Vase and was blown away! How could the red ball vanish from his pocket and appear in the previously empty vase?!” Okay, well, maybe not like that. But you know what I mean. The only type of critique more frequent in our business is the exact opposite where our brothers or sisters attack the magician viciously.

But I really was blown away. He would perform the effect and then explain his method. I couldn’t have guessed the method and yet, once explained, I felt like I could probably handle the effect. That’s a rare quality in a lecturer. Usually, they don’t need to explain the method because, to be honest, it was pretty obvious during the performance; or, they could teach me the method all night but I still wouldn’t be able to duplicate it because I cannot do a left-handed middle deal with a face-up deck while finger-palming a donut. (Okay, I exaggerate, I can do that but I only use it in my mentalism act, “Star, Wavy Lines, Square or Donut.”)

Am I striking a chord here?

So, anyway, I went to see Mr. Kranzo’s lecture, and was, as I said earlier, blown away. He does a routine with a shear scarf (not a silk) and a silver dollar. Take a second and go to the movie section on Penguin Magic and watch the scarf and silver dollar routine. It typifies the magic you will find on this outstanding DVD. His magic is practical, amazing and not impossible to do. The steps are clearly set out and you’ll find that his instruction is not just patient and helpful but almost more entertaining than the demonstration of the effect itself.

These are routines you will not see others performing. The same folks that say “Who the Heck is Nate Kranzo?!” are the same folks who will be amazed to see what you can do with simple objects within inches of your audience.

I don’t know how long the kind folks at Penguin Magic will be offering this DVD at the price they’ve set but even at twice the price, it’s a deal. I know who Nate Kranzo is and if you find out, we can keep the secret between ourselves and we’ll be far ahead of the rest.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 12th, 2017
I got this for a crazy-low price from the Open Box, so I was happy to receive a DVD with several good ideas.

Some of the effects weren't my style (e.g., Hot Sauce) and/or involved a lot of set-up/gadgetry, so I won't be performing them, but it doesn't mean they're not good for others. There's some really good card tricks for the intermediate card worker.

I was a bit miffed during the explanation of International 3 Fly because, as Nathan says, you have to contact Todd Lassen to make a special gimmick in order to perform the trick. "Thanks for spending $25 on my DVD. Now contact Todd Lassen and shell out another $300 in order to do this next effect."

Overall, I think watching the explanations will teach the average magician some card/coin moves, or how certain props work, so it won't be a total loss. If you can grab a copy for cheap in the Open Box, I recommend it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 24th, 2003
It has some pretty good effects and all, it just wasn't for me like I said, evey trick on it required a thumbtip, flash paper or sumthing else that I didn't have, so if u get this make sure you're preparred.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 2nd, 2018
This DVD is not for card beginners... Luckily I could follow along because I'm not although I don't like his card tricks. I do like his couple of fire tricks he does so I didn't completely waste time with this purchase
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