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Ken Krenzel

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Ken Krenzel
BornKenneth D. Krenzel
January 15 1927
New York City, New York
DiedFebruary 8, 2012 (age 85)
New York
CategoriesBooks by Ken Krenzel
Ken Krenzel (1927-2012) was well known as a leading exponent of expert sleight-of-hand with cards.[1]


He was born and raised in the Lower East Side of New York City. Krenzel pursued the study of psychology in college and eventually earned a Ph.D.

As a youngster, Ken became a charter member of F.A.M.E. (Future American Magical Entertainers).

Krenzel has published material in various magic journals: The Gen, Genii, M-U-M (where he was a regular columnist), Hugard's Magic Monthly, Phoenix, Hierophant, Kabbala, Epilogue, New Jinx, Apocalypse, and the Minotaur.

Harry Lorayne wrote in The Card Classics of Ken Krenzel (1978): "When Ken Krenzel performed the material in this book for me I knew then and there how good it was, and what a great contribution it'd be to the art I love - card magic".


  • Genii 2007 April (Vol. 70, #4). "The Zen of Ken: An Interview with Ken Krenzel" (interview + 6 tricks)
  • Linking Ring One Man Parade August, 1998


  • It Can't Be (1958)
  • Incredible Full Deck Levitation (1988)
  • Thunder Struck
  • Bonus Miracles



  1. Hocus Pocus Parade,Linking Ring, August 1988
  • M-U-M, Vol. 83, No. 4, September 1993, Ken Krenzel by David R. Goodsell, page 14
  • The Linking Ring, Vol.78, No. 8, August 1998, HOCUS POCUS PARADE, page 83
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 92, No. 3, March 2012, Broken Wand, Ken Krenzel, page 115
  • Genii Magazine, Vol. 75, No. 4, April 2012, In Memoriam, Dr. Ken Krenzel, by Harvey Rosenthal, page 20
  • M-U-M, Vol. 101, No. 11, APRIL 2012, Broken Wands, page 24
  • Broken Wand – Ken Krenzel 1926–2012, Feb 08 2012