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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When I was at the Las Vegas Magic Invitational last year, I had the wonderful opportunity to see
Nate Kranzos 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
Magics massive publication plant).
If you know of Mr. Kranzos work or youve 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. Kranzos 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
couldnt have guessed the method and yet, once explained, I felt like I could probably handle the
effect. Thats a rare quality in a lecturer. Usually, they dont 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 wouldnt 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.)
striking a chord here?
So, anyway, I went to see Mr. Kranzos 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 youll 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 dont know how long the kind folks at Penguin
Magic will be offering this DVD at the price theyve set but even at twice the price, its a deal.
I know who Nate Kranzo is and if you find out, we can keep the secret between ourselves and well be
far ahead of the rest.
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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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I got this for a crazy-low price from the Open Box, so I was happy to receive a DVD with several
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.
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
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