Thursday, December 27, 2012

Tannen's Staff Holiday Party

We had a great time celebrating at our Tannen's Staff Holiday party last night!

In New York City there are so many great dinner options, we settled on Hill & Country, an authentic Texas BBQ restaurant. Everything was absolutely delicious.

Another very successful year at Tannen's!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Andy Nyman Visits Tannen's for the Holidays!

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Andy Nyman says "Hi!"
The wonderfully creative Andy Nyman stopped by Tannen's yesterday to do his holiday shopping at the place he calls,
"Probably the best magic shop in the world."
While he was here he took some time to browse through some of his own amazing effects and lecture notes including Kosher Products, Fight Dirty, Insane, Killer Elite Pro, the Hidden and the Dice Man.

Enjoy this video of Andy at Tannen's.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Blue Crown Workshop was a Blast!

We had so much fun at the Blue Crown Workshop last week and the crowd was buzzing!

Make sure you stay up-to-date with Tannen's news because you never know what we'll be doing next.

Check out Alex Pandrea's video of the workshop here.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Help Support David Oliver

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Please join us in helping to support long-time Tannen's Magic Camp Counselor and friend, David Oliver, who is in desperate need of a lung transplant.

More than just a talented magician, for the past 25 years, David Oliver has mentored, directed and taught many of today’s finest young magicians from around the globe. Recently, he was diagnosed with a rare lung disease known as Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis. In an effort to assist our friend in dealing with his mounting medical bills and lost livelihood, the magic community is coming together to give back to a man who has given so much to our art.

You can show further support by attending the Let's Do Magic Show on January 19th, 2013 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Some of the greatest magicians in the country will be donating their time to perform on the show including Jon Stetson, Eric DeCamps, Peter Samelson, Mike Bent, Chipper Lowell, Steve Kradolfer, Joe Howard and Lyn Dillies. All proceeds from the performance will be going to David.

We all truly appreciate your thoughts and support.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Blue Crown Mega-Workshop at Tannen's this Thursday!

Join us on Thursday, December 6th at 7PM for a night to remember! Tannen’s has teamed up with artists from The Blue Crown for a mega intensive workshop that will teach you effects with cards, money, rubberbands, and more!

Sit down personally with Alex Pandrea, Magick Balay, Tony Chang, Kevin Reylek, and Eric Goldfarb while they teach you their favorite reputation-making effects and answer your questions!

Attendees will be split up into small groups and move around the room, round-robin style, sitting down with each creator and learning about their effects and creation process. This is a great opportunity to spend time with some of the greatest NYC magicians who are eager to share their expertise.

Each attendee will receive a free Blue Crown gift bag worth over $40!

Friday, November 16, 2012

David Copperfield at Tannen's Magic Shop in New York City!

Copperfield with our very own Mike Patrick.
Longtime Tannen's friend and customer, David Copperfield, stopped by the store the other week to say hello!

Copperfield grew up with Tannen's. While he was at the store, he spoke to the guys about his first experience here. For months he had been reading the Tannen's catalog, he said, and saving up his money for the mysterious Temple Screen. Finally, his mother brought him into the store to make the purchase that we now know had set David Copperfield on the path to being the global superstar he is today.

At the SAM Convention in July, Copperfield spoke about the amazing feeling he got when he walked into Tannen's for the first time as a young magician. His friendship with the store has continued since that first visit. When Tannen's was still running the Jubilees, Copperfield was a regular attendee. He's also supported Tannen's Magic Camp by making an appearance or two over the years and teaching our campers why magic is so important.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Celebrate Halloween with Dan & Dave Buck

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Celebrate Halloween this year with Dan & Dave Buck during their New York City lecture at Tannen's Magic!

The twins will be lecturing with Kevin Ho this Thursday, October 25th at 7:00 PM. Tickets are still available so don't miss this rare opportunity to see these true innovators in the art of cardistry.

What does this have to do with Halloween?

On the lecture night, arrive in costume and you'll receive an EXCLUSIVE bag of tricks and treats put together by Dan and Dave themselves. As a grand prize, their favorite costume will win a private dinner with the two of them following their lecture!

Sign-up for the lecture now and don't forget your costume!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Genii Convention 2012 Round-Up

Jared and Uri Geller

This past week the Tannen's crew, owner Adam Blumenthal and manager Jared Molton, went down to sunny Orlando to participate in the Genii 75th Anniversary Birthday Bash.

Tannen's was stationed in the dealers room and with a cacophony of New York themed songs playing in the background of their television, Adam  and Jared astounded and amazed passing attendees. The Depicting Thoughts Set, the Flash Thumbtip and the Rising Cards Miracle were the hottest tricks at the booth and kept people coming back to see more!

Outside of the dealers room the convention was absolutely amazing. The lectures, shows and late-night jam sessions made for one of the most spectacular conventions of all time! The lecture line-up included some of the biggest names in magic. John Carney, David Ben, Guy Hollingworth, Tom Stone, Chad Long, Max Maven, Jamy Ian Swiss, Roberto Giobbi, Christian Engbloom, and many more made their presence felt with fascinating talks and explanations.

Uri Geller gave an absolutely resonating talk on his life and career. He had every single magician in the room on the edge of their seats trying to digest as much information as they could. Uri emphasized that the path to fame is through uniqueness and charisma and that professional entertainers must be creative in their pursuits of success and never shy away from publicity.

The single highlight of the convention was seeing Spanish maestro, Juan Tamariz,  perform a 45-minute show and lecture. The lecture focused on how to make the climax of a routine as powerful as possible. Juan illustrated this idea when he performed his Cards Across and fooled the entire room very badly. Tamariz's presentation only reinforced why he is the greatest in the world.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tannen's Magic is the Official Magic Shop of the New York Yankees Radio Network!

Tannen's Magic is proud to be the Official Magic Shop of the New York Yankees Radio Network!

Over the next week, while you're listening to the Yankees game on 880 AM you'll hear this...
The Magic Number Report is sponsored by Tannen's Magic Shop, providing world-class magic supplies to amateur magicians and professional entertainers since 1925. Visit the Tannen's Magic secret showroom in Midtown Manhattan to rekindle your interest in sleight of hand or inspire a young trickster.
Listen to broadcaster, John Sterling, read the clip!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Michel Clavello Lecture on the Invisible Hand!

Although Michel Clavello may not be one of the most recognizable names in magic, the top professionals know him as the be-all-end-all source on the notorious Hold-Out Device.

Clavello will be lecturing at Tannen's Magic on his unique mentalism effects as well as his amazing hold-out device, the Invisible Hand, on Thursday, October 11th, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

The Invisible Hand is an amazing device that allows you to perform miracles in close-up, parlor, or stage magic at any moment during your act. With this device, you can seemingly do real magic!
"I really think that you give here is the most versatile hidden friend, both for close-up or stage that any lover of our Art can dream of..."
- Gaetan Bloom

"The magic tricks you explain, and I saw, are all terrific! You made a master work, made by a real Maestro."
- Roberto Giobbi

"The Invisible Hand is the most enjoyable and magical lecture I've ever seen!"
- Fantasio
Buy your tickets to Michel Clavello's NYC lecture today and watch this great video of Clavello demonstrating the Invisible Hand!

Friday, September 7, 2012

David Williamson Stops By Tannen's!

The always hilarious and talented David Williamson stopped by Tannen's today and snapped this picture with our very own Michael Patrick.

David was stocking up on some supplies for an upcoming show.

Make sure you join us at the shop because you just never know who will stop by next!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Mentalism Revolution in New York City.

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Ted Karmilovich (author of the Mother of All Book Tests 2.0) and Neal Scryer are two underground legends in modern mentalism who have recently released brand new effects. Karmilovich released his pet watch effect Now is the Time! and Scryer published his long awaited book Carnival of Secrets. Only two retailers in the world were given permission to sell these products and undoubtedly Tannen's is one of those two. Mentalists all over the world are starting to notice something interesting happening with the mentalism scene in New York...
"When we're in New York City for a Thirteen meeting [once a month], a couple of us make it a point to stop by Tannen's to see what's new in mentalism. They have recently become the place to go to find the best mentalism effects."
- Tony Razzano, Past President of P.E.A 
Do you want to present ParaPsychology tests for your audiences? Tannen's has the exclusive on Para-Labs products in the United States including the ParaPad, The ESP Collection and the Depicting Thoughts Set. Looking to levitate a table during your next seance? L.I.F.T. (Live Impromptu Floating Table) is available from just one place. Do you want to make your next tarot reading even more powerful? Tannen's Marked Tarot Cards will give you the capability to stun your audiences and constantly be one step ahead of them.

Neal Scryer and Ted Karmilovich are just some of the amazingly gifted mentalists who have trusted Tannen's as a reputable place to share their most recent effects. Now, when they come out with their next effects, you know the place where you can find them.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Howard Hamburg shares great stories and wonderful magic!

Howard Hamburg delivered a wonderful lecture to our New York City crowd last night. He delighted the audience with his stellar card tricks and his anecdotes about spending time at the Magic Castle with close-up legends like Dai Vernon, Charlie Miller, Martin Nash, Larry Jennings and company.
"Vernon always thought 'select a card' was better than saying 'take a card,'" Howard said, "Semantics? Perhaps, but he [Vernon] knew a lot more then I did."
The highlights of the lecture included a great control which Howard dubbed the Oops Replacement as well as his extraordinary effect The Mystical 13. If you'd like to learn Howard Hamburg's material you can buy autographed copies of Howard's lecture notes D: Limited Edition here.

See a photo gallery of the Howard Hamburg lecture here and watch this video of Howard saying "hello" from Tannen's.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Howard Hamburg Lecture Around the Corner...

There's still time to sign-up for the Howard Hamburg Lecture this Thursday, August 23rd! The lecture starts at 7:00 PM at Tannen's, buy your tickets now!

Howard was friends with some of the greatest close up magicians of our time including Dai Vernon, Larry Jennings, Bruce Cervnon, Martin Nash and Charlie Miller. He studied with Vernon for many years both at The Magic Castle and at his home. He has lectured all over the United States and is now coming to Tannen's for his ONLY lecture in New York City!

Howard is currently Lecturer of the Year awarded by the Academy of Magic Arts and will share some great stories with you as well as some of his favorite effects both from his DVD “Howard Hamburg Sessions” and his best-selling set of notes, “D”Notes.  No matter what your level of magic is, you are bound to learn something new that you will USE when you leave the lecture!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Lennart Green is a super-human card magician!

Swedish card magician, Lennart Green, lectured to a sold-out house last night!

His lecture was absolutely amazing. He shared his pet-effects, some of which were self-working and some of which involved super-human sleight-of-hand abilities. Lennart's work on the lateral palm, was awe-inspiring, he used the technique to lap, switch, deal, steal, etc. If Lennart can think it, he can do it.

One of the highlights was a weight based puzzle that Lennart developed using three boxes of cards. Check out this photo gallery of the Lennart Green lecture to share in the experience!

Want to see more great magic in NYC? Make sure you sign-up for the Howard Hamburg lecture, which will be held at Tannen's on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 st 7:00 PM.

Watch this video of Lennart at Tannen's

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Myron the Magnificent & the Lovely Vera Visit!

Myron the Magnificent and the Lovely Vera stopped by Tannen’s to pick up supplies for their show Myronic! which starts on August 11th as part of The New York International Fringe Festival.

Myron and Vera perform a wide range of amazing magic drawn from the repertoire of Myron’s grandfather, the legendary Mervyn the Magnificent (Vaudeville’s Yiddish Man of Magic) and his father, Marvin the Magnificent. The duo recently returned from Las Vegas after an unfortunate incident with their Flaming-Double-Sword-Vivisection.
“We’ve been performing that trick for decades,” said Myron. “Then you singe one audience member and you’re out of a theatre.” 
Myronic! will be appearing at the Players Theatre for five performances during the NYC Fringe Festival. Saturday, August 11, 7:45 p.m.; Sunday, August 12, 5 p.m.; Wednesday, August 15, 9:30 p.m.; Tuesday, August 21, 7 p.m.; Sunday, August 26, noon. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.
“The Fringe gives us the chance to expose our show to a whole new audience,” said Myron. “I wish we weren’t always on the fringe,” said Vera. “Just once I’d like to be in the middle of something.”
Buy your tickets here or by phone at 866-468-7619. For more information visit

Monday, July 2, 2012

J. J. Abrams stops by Tannen's in NYC

J. J. Abrams is the creator of some of our greatest contemporary films and television shows including the hit show Lost and films Star Trek and Super 8. Even with so much success, he'll be the first to tell you that his creative inspiration began with the Tannen's Mystery Boxes!

Last week, J. J. stopped by Tannen's to pay a visit to the place where his creative wheels began turning. He's a big fan of magic and he had a great time watching the Tannen's demonstrators perform. J. J. was specifically interested in sleight-of-hand based card work, and he left with both Utopia by Dani Daortiz and the Essential Dai Vernon, perfect items for the serious card student.

The next time J. J. visits we're sure that he'll have a lot more tricks up his sleeve!

Check out this video of J. J. at Tannen's!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Max Maven: Thinking in Person Friends and Family Discount Code!

If you're in NYC anytime from now through July 1st then Max Maven's one-man show Thinking in Person is a must see!

Half-priced tickets are now available when you buy your tickets in advance online and use the Friends and Family discount code.

On the ticket website, click the link to "Enter Password or Discount Code," and type FFMMTIP to redeem your half-price tickets and see the show immediately!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Max Maven kicks off Thinking in Person

Tannen's was thrilled to be part of Max Maven's opening for his off-Broadway mentalism show, Thinking in Person, which premiered last night to a sold-out crowd!

Producers say the show "sets out to take the audience on a journey to explore some of the mysteries of the human mind and aims to challenge our assumptions of what we think we know with the mystery of what we can't know. It's more than a ruse to amaze with trickery; it's a magic act woven into slivers of metaphysics."
Tannen's President and Owner, Adam Blumenthal, contributed to the production as an associate lighting designer working with Jules Fisher, the legendary Broadway designer and life-long magic fan. The show is directed by Sandy Marshall, son of the great Jay Marshall and owner of Magic Inc. in Chicago. 

Tannen's is very excited to bring Max in to lecture for NYC magicians and mentalists in two weeks on Monday, June 25th. Tickets are still available for Max's lecture here!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mathieu Bich from Penn & Teller's Fool Us visits Tannen's

Mathieu Bich totally floored Penn & Teller on their hit UK based television show, Fool Us. How did he fool the greatest magic tandem around? Well, Mathieu shared with them the very trick that won him the Invention Award at FISM in 2006, Spreadwave 2.0.

Mathieu is one of the the most creative magicians in the world today. Along with the success of Spreadwave, his other published effects like Newsletter Tricks and Back Twist have been very well received. It was absolutely great to have him lecture for our NYC customers last month!

Check out this video of Mathieu saying "Bonjour," from our New York City showroom.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Max Maven at Tannen's!

The ever astounding Max Maven stopped by Tannen's today and took a picture with our senior demonstrator David Ferst! Along with sharing some great stories about visiting Tannen's when he was younger he said:
"Whenever I need to stock up on supplies, I come right here to Tannen's."
Great to hear that Max is a satisfied Tannen's customer!

He's currently getting ready for his NYC off-broadway show, Max Maven: Thinking in Person, which will be premiering on Tuesday, June 12th at 7:00PM at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex.

Max will also be presenting his brand new lecture for Tannen's customers on Monday, June 25th, at 7:00 PM. Tickets are only $35 and you can get them here!

Check out this video of Max in the store!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Jared Performing L.I.F.T. for Johnny Thompson!

We just stumbled upon this footage from last years Magic LIVE of Jared Molten performing the Tannen's Exclusive, L.I.F.T, for the great Johnny Thompson.

Hope you enjoy it here!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Magic Camp Podcast with Theory11

Tannen's President, Adam Blumenthal, and manager, Jared Molton, speak with Theory 11 about the upcoming Tannen's Magic Camp 2012.

In the podcast Adam and Jared talk about the summer and mention some of the amazing guests who plan on visiting the camp this summer. Those include Dan White, Ricky Smith, Doug McKenzie, Tony Chang, Alex Pandrea and many more!

Theory 11 will also be giving away a full camp registration! All you have to do to enter the contest is e-mail with your name. A winner will be announced this Friday, May 18th at 12PM Eastern Time.

To register for magic camp or learn more about it, visit our online webpage here. Hope to see you all this summer!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Magic Camp the Movie Premiering at the Newport Beach Film Festival!

Magic Camp the Movie, a documentary about Tannen's Magic Camp, is premiering at the Newport Beach Film Festival at the end of April.
To escape the pressures of growing up, magic-obsessed kids congregate at the one place they can be themselves. They want to prove their worth on the same stage where magic superstars like David Blaine and David Copperfield once performed. But to get there, they need to learn more than sleight-of-hand and tricks of the trade. They have to find the magic inside.
Get your tickets today and enjoy the movie! Stay updated by following the film on twitter and facebook.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

There's Magic in the Air!

Looking for a unique night of magic and comedy with a touch of music? There's Magic in the Air is coming back to a New York stage for another one-off performance on Saturday, April 21st, at 8pm.

The theater is located at 260 W. 36th St, on the 3rd Floor.

There will be an international line up of stellar magicians, including: Adam Rubin (Chicago), Harrison Greenbaum (NYC) Ali Shelley and Mike Shelley (Miami), Mathieu Bich (Paris) and Peter Mclanachan (Glasgow). Vocals will be provided by the beautiful Molly Ryan.

To read more about the artists and purchase your tickets, please visit the following link! The last show was a sellout, this one will be too! Get your tickets early!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Creating Illusion by Jeff Grow

Written & Performed by Jeff Grow
Directed by Jessi D. Hill

Recipient of the NY Innovative Theatre Awards:
Outstanding Solo Performer &
Outstanding Performance Art Production.

Showman. Magician. Conman. Jeff explores the diverse facets of the art of deception and confidence - whether for entertainment or manipulations, beauty or deceit; the tools of the conjurer can be seen all around us. Elegant sleight of hand and insight into human behavior collide to dismantle everyday experience and explore the art of creating illusion.

April 18th @ 8:00PM

The Kraine Theater
85 E. 4th Street
Btwn. 2nd and 3rd Ave

Buy your tickets now!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tannen's Magic in Time Out: New York

Tannen's was written about in a recent Time Out: New York article about NYC magic shops!
Open since 1925, this Herald Square haunt gets bragging rights for being the city’s oldest magic emporium. Instead of the gaudy lights and neon signage you’d expect from a place known for over-the-top trickery, you’ll encounter a dimly lit shop situated in an unassuming office building. Playing cards ($3–$100), didactic DVD sets ($15–$190) and accessories ($25–$400) abound at Tannen’s, where tricks are performed and sold daily. For $140, staffers will teach budding magicians the F1 Nitro trick, in which a card is made to vanish from its deck and suddenly appear in a wallet. Equally thrilling is the ParaPad ($95)—a pocket-sized notebook that helps its owner read minds. Professional magicians like Dani Daortiz often host lectures ($35) and workshops ($100), while novices frequently snatch up Michael Ammar’s Easy to Master Card Miracles DVD ($35). Notable alums of Tannen’s weeklong summer camp ($1,295), held each year outside Philadelphia, include actor Adrien Brody and master illusionist David Blaine.
Read the full article here.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Dani Daortiz Rocks NYC!

It's official, Dani Daortiz is one of the greatest card magicians of all time. The material from his lecture and workshop in New York City blew us away. To watch Dani perform is to watch real magic, it is a thing of beauty.

During his lecture Dani spoke about the psychology he uses to perform his effects. He revealed that every gesture he makes and every word he says is rehearsed for maximum misdirection. He explained this school of thinking by analyzing two of his effects Twin Prediction and Imaginary Dice, both are explained in his lecture notes.

Dani's work is absolutely inspiring. If you haven't had a chance you must see his 4 DVD set, Utopia, or his lecture notes, Semi Automatic Card Magic, which are EXCLUSIVELY available at Tannen's!

See what Dani has to say about his time at Tannen's here.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Piff the Magic Dragon Visits Tannen's!

The magic world's favorite dragon, Piff the Magic Dragon, visited Tannen's this past Sunday!

Our staff had a great time showing him tricks and talking about magic. Piff's fame skyrocketed following his performance on Penn & Teller's: Fool Us on British TV. You can see a clip of his performance here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ben and Cassandra's Magical Illusion Show

Tannen's very own Ben Nemzer will be presenting his stage extravaganza, Ben Nemzer and Cassandra's Magical Illusion Show this March. All proceeds from their performance will be donated to the anti-bullying organization,
Saturday, March 17th, 2012
Matinee Show at 2:00p and Evening Show at 7:00p
@ High School North Auditorium
90 Grovers Mill Road
Plainsboro, New Jersey
Make sure you buy your tickets today and show your support for Ben and Cassandra!

Check out the video preview here!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ken Krenzel: A True New York Card Man

Ken Krenzel, one of New York City's most reputable card magicians for the last 50 years has passed away.

A staunch supporter of Tannen's Magic, Ken even published his first effect, It Can't Be, with Tannen's in 1958. Ken's work has been recognized as being highly influential to the field of card magic all over the world. Two of Ken's six books are still in print, Card Classics of Ken Krenzel and Relaxed Impossibilities.
"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".
- Harry Lorayne
A memorial service will be held this Friday. Please contact us at 212-929-4500 if you'd like to get in touch with Ken's family and attend the service.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dani Daortiz NYC Lecture and Workshop!

Dani Daortiz, the legendary Spanish cardician, will be lecturing and doing a workshop at Tannen's this upcoming March. This will be Dani's first ever lecture and workshop in the USA!
  • The lecture will be on Thursday, March 15th, 2012 at 7:00pm and tickets are $35.
  • The workshop will be on Saturday, March 17th, 2012 at 11:00am and tickets are $100 to participate. Only a limited number of seats are available for the full-day workshop.
This is very exciting news for card magicians around the country and we're certain that both the lecture and workshop will sell out. Make sure you buy your tickets today!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

D & D Vintage Plaid Playing Cards Now Shipping!

Inspired by a vintage aesthetic, these U.S. Regulation Playing Cards in plaid are offered in a Striking Arizona Red and a Casual California Blue. They're the perfect accompaniment for everyday use, but also feature posh details and amusing activities never before paired with a deck of cards.

Buy yours today!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

NYC Family Magic Show on January 22nd

Join Mario the Magician at NYC's Space on White, for an uplifting, inventive, and highly interactive magical performance for the young and young-at-heart! Part retro, part rock and roll, Mario is an artist and inventor who creates his own props. Mario's old world looks and physical comedy style are reminiscent of his heroes, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, but he puts a thoroughly modern spin on everything he does.

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012
3:00 PM Family Magic Show
Recommended for ages 3 - 11 and their families.

@ Space on White
81 White Street
New York, NY

$10 per child, $20 per adult. Get your tickets in advance here.