It’s been a while since Allan Kronzek’s last magic book, but that time has been spent developing, testing, and refining the material in Artful Deceptions. Not only will you learn some superb routines, you’ll also learn how to connect with spectators in a way that makes them, their actions, and their decisions, the center of every routine.

Among the gems are True Romance, in which two spectators find each other’s cards in a deeply impossible way; Think of One, the revelation of a freely thought of card that is never named, noted, or removed from the deck; and The Mirror, the classic Do As I Do effect elevated to the level of a performance piece that you will absolutely use. And don’t miss Playing With the Jokers, the most effective routine you’ll ever find for instantly disarming your spectators and turning them into your accomplices, not your adversaries. All routines are genuinely impromptu: no gimmicks, no setups, no resets.

Here’s what some of the most respected card magicians in the world think about Artful Deceptions.

“One of the best magic books in many years. Highly recommended.”Jim Swain

“Allan’s precise, yet conversational, writing will transport you to your own private session with a clever and thoughtful practitioner. You’ll enjoy the discourse. Time well spent.”John Bannon

“[Allan] has an ingenious sense of deception, devilish, I think. It is truly a great lesson in creative imagination and intelligent thought.”Bob Fitch

“The kind of work that truly contributes to the improvement of our art.”Jamy Ian Swiss

Contents of Artful Deceptions by Allan Kronzek


  • Introduction
  • Playing with the Jokers
  • The Mirror
  • True Romance
  • Strange Attraction
  • Buried Treasure
  • Think of One
  • Testing the Visitor
  • Destiny, Chance and Free Will
  • Hypnotizing Ben


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