21 February 2013

Close-up card tricks

It doesn't matter how many card tricks you've seen or how jaded you are; these will knock your socks off.  I find close-up magic to be so much more enjoyable and satisfying than the big-stage elaborate-equipment showpieces usually seen at casinos and TV shows.

This performance is by Lennart Green, world champion magician, at a TED conference in 2005. The resolution is good enough to enjoy full-screen viewing.

Reposted from 2008. 

Addendum:  A hat tip to reader wickershaw for noting that the young lady who assists in the video is Zoe, a daughter of Chris Anderson, TED's curator.  She died of carbon monoxide poisoning in 2010; here is a tribute to her.

p.s. - probably no more blogging for a day or two; we have ~6 inches of snow arriving tonight.


  1. Thank you so much for this one!

  2. Zoe, the girl assisting on the video passed away Dec. 2010 http://blog.ted.com/2011/01/11/remembering-zoe-anderson-1986-2010/ - she was the daughter of TED's Chris Anderson.

    1. Thank you, wickershaw. I've inserted that information as an addendum to the post.

  3. What a blast! My socks were completely knocked off. I wonder how he'd go on that 'can you fool us' magic show with Penn and Teller. Sad to hear about Zoe.

  4. That's one incredible routine. Love it. Thanks, Minnesotastan!


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