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AuthorStephen Minch
PublisherHermetic Press
IllustratorKelly Lyles
Publication Date1997

A book of close-up magic created by Ken Krenzel. Contains tricks, sleights and routines devised by Krenzel after the release of his previous book seven years earlier, Ken Krenzel's Close-Up Impact. Hardcover (with dustjacket).

Text from Back Cover


Dr. Ken Krenzel has been a respected innovator in the field of card magic for over forty years. During that time he has released a select body of material to his fellow magicians. This material includes two meaty volumes of original ideas, the contents of which have featured tools that have become standards in the expert card manipulator's arsenal. Now after seven years of inventing, thinking and refining, the result is KEN KRENZEL'S INGENUITIES, a book crammed with fresh tricks, sleights and routines for the close-up magician.

Long recognized as a leader in the realm of sleight-of-hand with cards, there is abundant evidence in these pages that Krenzel has not lost his touch. As well, INGENUITIES brings to light another side of Krenzel's creative forces: astonishing effects in which the cards and coins are out of the magician's hands when the magic occurs - sleightless or near sleightless tricks designed to baffle the most discriminating audiences.

INGENUITIES contains thirty-four fresh items for the delectation of close-up magicians and their audiences. Amazing occurrences with cards, coins, and a pencil. Open these pages and enter a World of Magical Ingenuities!

Table of Contents

  • Introduction by Jon Racherbaumer
  • Primordia Rerum: Magical Magic by Ken Krenzel
  • Chapter One: Out of Hand
    • Box Top
    • Simulacrum Mirabundum
    • Remote Chance
    • Open Prediction: A New Angle
    • Halfway to Hell
    • Shoe-In
    • The Other Shoe
  • Chapter Two: Things Change
    • Around the World in Several Ways
    • Change at a Rapid Clip
    • Slip-lap Change
    • Sequence Mechanique
    • It's a Wrap
  • Chapter Three: Escaping Cardville
    • Pocket Passport
    • Flipperoon
    • Obstacle Course
    • Flippant Alchemy
    • Poor Miser
    • The Million Penny Mystery
  • Chapter Four: New Tools
    • Peak Decks
    • A Natural False Cut
    • Top-cover Dribble Pass
    • Mr. Fingers Goes to the Bottom
    • The Eclipse Production
    • Opti-Stack
  • Chapter Five: Tall Tales and Short Cons
    • The Lost Aces of Louie the Loser
    • Cloning Queens
    • The Last Heist
    • Gravity Travelers
    • Under Wraps
    • Poles Apart
    • Sand-witches
    • Sluggard's Monte
    • Strip the Leader
    • Fired Up

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