Close-up card magic with a twist | Lennart Green

Close-up card magic with a twist | Lennart Green

My favorite topic is shortcuts. The master of shortcuts — it’s, of course, nature. But I will demonstrate different ways to get rid of difficulties and go to the point, to find an answer probably much quicker than Arthur did. So, first, we violate the common sense, the logic. All of you, if you hold your hand like this, 90 degrees — all of you. Not you. All of you, right? Palm up. If you do this, the common, the logic says you must turn the wrist. Do you agree? Good. But I will first teach you a method, how you can do it without moving the wrist, and then the shortcut. You can do it immediately, right? Hold the hand like this, palm up. Don’t move the wrist. The wrist is — I doesn’t speak very many, but I do the best, what I are. Right-molded you say, with iron? That was a joke, actually, and I — OK. Hold the hand palm up. Do this, don’t move the wrist. Over the heart, don’t move the wrist. Forward, don’t move the wrist. Up, don’t move the wrist. Over the heart, don’t move the wrist. And forward. Yeah. Now — (Laughter) — logic, logically, you have got to this position from this, without moving the wrist. (Laughter) Now, the shortcut. (Laughter) But it was six moves. Now with one move. I start here, palm down, you can follow. And then look at me. Yeah! (Laughter) One move. OK. So, that was the warming up. Now, I need an assistant. I talked to a nice girl before, Zoe. She has left. No! A big hand. (Applause) Good. Nice. And you can sit over there. One item here was water, right? And I will give my tribute to water. I think it’s enough with water for me. The other guys can talk about — cheers. (Laughter) Beer has about — there’s a lot of water in beer. (Laughter) So, now I will demonstrate different ways of memorizing, control cards and so on. And I think I’ll take off this one. I work with a special method to do it, quick. I work with precision — oh, sorry — control and a very powerful … memory system, right? (Laughter) So, if — I have studied the poker. I like to gamble. Officially, I don’t gamble but … So, if we are — if we have five person, and I will do a five-handed poker game. Now I will interact. So a different person all the time, so not the same person can answer. So we have an agreement. Which one shall have a good poker hand? Which number? One, two, three, four or five? (Audience: Three.) Lennart Green: Three — good. And here, I had a mat here to make it a little — the critical moment is — sorry. If a card shark gathers the cards together, immediately when he — before he deals the card. Now, so I think, number three, I have arranged them in a full house. (Laughter) With queens and — it’s OK — queens and tens. That’s a challenge. I like this. I will explain later. One, two, three, four, five. I start with three queens. So here you see the contrast when I treat the cards. And two tens. Yeah. Thank you. (Applause) But also the other hand is good, if all the other guys have good hands too. So these guys have actually a stronger hand — three aces and two kings. This guy beats them with four of a kind, or deuce — deuce. No reaction? That with even — OK, and this. These look in order, I’m probably — hopefully — yeah. Three, four, five, six, seven and … But, of course, I will have the winning hand. Ten, jack, queen, king, ace. Yeah. So, good. (Laughter) So the hand that looks so good from the beginning, number three, at the end was actually the lowest hand. Such life. Right? So, please mix them. Now, if you are interested, I will demonstrate some underground techniques. Yes? I work with kind of estimation, shuffle tracking — ah, good. Impressive. Thank you. (Laughter) So, first, the first term is estimation. Here, I can estimate exactly how many cards are put between my royal flush. Of course, I can count the cards, but this is much quicker. Right? You agree. So here I have, actually — I know exactly where the cards are. So here, I can make a bet, and this is actually one of the points where I get my money. So here: 10, jack, queen, king, ace. OK. (Applause) Next is a term — I do it quick. I call this stealing. So here, I think I know about where the cards are. I will spread the cards and you’ll say stop, when I point to them, right. Point, say stop. Zoe: Stop. LG: Here — you see some are missing? And that’s the stealing cards, which I did. (Laughter) OK. Now, another term called shuffle tracking. Shuffle tracking means I keep track of the cards, even if another person shuffles. This is a little risky. So — because if you look, now, I can still see it. You agree? But if you square — square, and shuffle, and then a cut. So here, to follow my cards, I must look at the shuffle from the begin — ah, we are started together. It’s OK, it’s OK. Come to — no, no, no, no. I’m joking, yeah? Any style — yeah, good. Here I have to calculate, but actually, I don’t like to calculate. I work direct with the right brain. If you pass the left brain, you have to take care of logic and common sense. Direct in the right brain, that’s much better. And so — (Laughter) — Arthur Benjamin did a little of the same thing. And if you work with, in the right atmosphere, with humor, you have — that’s the password to the cosmic bank of knowledge, where you can find any solution of any problem. OK. Now, I drop the cards, and you say stop anyway, right? Not at the last card. Zoe: Stop. LG: Yeah. When I’m sober, I do this much quicker, but we will check. (Laughter) Ah, not in order, it — that was a mistake. No, I’m kidding. (Applause) No, now and then I put in a mistake, just to emphasize how difficult it is. Right? Yeah, last night I forgot that. That was a mistake. But now I’m glad I remember it. So, this deck is bought here. Sorry. I have a little pad to make it a little softer. This deck is bought here in America. It’s called “Bicycle.” And this deck is very flexible, but not so many people know, if you check, if you press at the right spots, you see how thin and flexible this deck is, right? Now, you can carry this in your wallet, so … You don’t see it, make no reaction? (Laughter) So, but here, and — is the camera getting too much? No. (Laughter) Yeah? (Audience: It’s getting too much.) LG: Pardon? But then, when we will have it back, you do this. But not too much. Then you have to push it down again. Here, please. If you push these heaps — everyone see — push them together so they are really interlaced, right? Yeah, good. Perfect. Just push them through, good. Thank you. And then, I will demonstrate a thing from Russian satellite, stealen — stolen, probably copied from America but we will see. Here — shortcuts. I talk about shortcuts. Now I go very quick through the deck and try to find some pattern. The new chaos theory is already old, right? But you know, I think you are familiar with fractals — the Mandelbrot spirals and all these things. And it’s much easier to memorize cards in a pattern way, and not concentrate. If you concentrate and calculate, then you go to — then it’s the left brain. But if you just look and talk in another language … Yeah, great. I think I have it. So now, different persons, older, tap. Please name any card, anyone. (Audience: Jack of spades.) LG: Jack of spades. Jack of spades. I think jack of spades is number 12 from the top. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12. Yes, right. So — oh, jack of spades. You said spades? (Audience: Yes.) LG: Ah. My fault. Don’t applaud, this was clubs. So, jack of spades. I think … 23 — 24, sorry, 24. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 — ah, 25, yes. It’s the last. Now, I do it quicker, better. OK. Another person. Oh, I forgot, I shouldn’t shuffle but I think — (Laughter) — actually, my technique is to peek, all the time. When I lift the heap, I peek. You see, yeah, perfect. Three, four, five, six. Then I calculate — yeah, good. (Laughter) Another person, another card. (Audience: Seven of diamonds.) LG: Seven of diamonds. Perfect, my favorite, yeah, seven. So I will do it quick, very quick, but in slow motion, so you can follow. (Laughter) Seven of? (Audience: Diamonds.) LG: Diamonds, good. I start here. Good, thank you. (Applause) The thing I did — I peeked. I know where the card were, then I chose it. So another person, another card. (Laughter) Another person. (Audience: Ten of diamonds.) LG: Pardon? (Audience: Ten of diamonds.) LG: Ten of diamonds, yeah. I think I do it the same way. I like to, so I know where it is. Ten of diamonds. But now I do it the regular speed, right? Ten of diamonds. Good. Maybe you will cut? Lift. Excellent. So, thank you. Another person, another card. (Audience: Five of clubs.) LG: Pardon? (Audience: Five of clubs.) LG: Five of clubs. It’s not the same person, even if it’s the same spot. We can take some over there later. So now, I will drop the cards. And you’ll say stop, anywhere. Got it? Five of clubs. Not the last. Yes, that’s difficult to find a card here. (Laughter) We do it again. The person who said five of clubs say stop, when the cards are in the air, right? (Audience: Stop.) LG: Very good. OK. (Applause) OK, I had to use a little force there. I think we save five of clubs. And now a card with a contrast of five of clubs. (Audience: Queen of hearts.) LG: Queen of hearts, yeah. Excellent. I love that card. Here, I will do the most difficult thing. For example, you are sitting in Las Vegas, and you’re betting, and you let the other guys peek this card by mistake. Feel, it’s just the regular, one card. And now, when I lift this card, it shall be your card. What was your card? (Audience: Queen of hearts.) LG: Queen of? Queen of hearts. So that’s a tough challenge, right? So here, I grab — you know this? Five of clubs … and queen of hearts. Yes! This is a tough one, because here I must take advantage of — I switch it with the five of clubs. So, now a false count. Which card shall I use? Queen or five? Zoe: The queen. LG: Queen, yes. So, I use the queen, and here’s five of clubs. The false count — and the number one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight — you say the same card all the time. Eight, nine, 10. This is a kind of optical deal, right? When I put one card at a table — look, it’s not one card. It’s — look, it’s a bunch of cards that gives this impression. Yeah. Now some hard stuff. I think we keep the queen here, yes. Now, to the satellites things. This — oh sorry, don’t look at the beam. My fault. (Laughter) This is high-frequency laser, and it’s enough with a fraction of a second to destroy the retina completely. Right, sorry, my — I should have mentioned that, yeah. But you can relax, because it takes half an hour before it works, so you have plenty of time to see my whole performance. (Laughter) Now, I put the laser here, and — now, when I deal the cards in the laser, I know where they are but — yes? Did the camera got it? No? They didn’t? What happened? (Audience: It disappeared.) LG: OK, I’ll take another group. Do the cameras see the cards now? No? (Audience: No, they’re all gone.) LG: But you see the hand. Ah, good, good, good. But now. So now, that was the reason, right? You see the cards? Yes. (Laughter) Yeah, good. Now — (Laughter) — one guy laughed. So now, to find the queen, do it this way: take back the other one, take back the queen. (Laughter) Yeah, interesting, but a little dangerous. (Laughter) I liked it. Now, a little more difficult. Name — anyone, name, please, any suit. (Audience: Spades.) LG: Spades? Spades, good. So here, here I have to peek, lots of cards. I think there are lots of — I don’t know how many — but 10, 15 spades in a deck, at least, right? (Laughter) So every time I lift the heap, I peek, right. Then I arrange them so I can get them quick. Perfect, excellent. So I start with the ace — yeah, ace. Ah, yeah — spades? Same mistake as before, right? So — I arrange the spades — the clubs. I try to do this right here. First, I take the spades. You see, I don’t work with prestige, so always do mistakes. It doesn’t matter to me. And now and then, I get some extra sympathy points, right? One, two, three, four — yes, the camera got it? Five, six, seven, eight — ah — nine, 10, the jack, jack of spades, queen of — I like that laugh, yeah! Good. Queen. (Laughter) Wait, wait, wait — please take any card. Grab any one. Quick, quick, good. And we switch this to the king. Ace of diamonds. And now, look, ace of diamonds will guide. So I find … king of spades. There was the place. And here is king of spades, correct? Yeah? OK. (Applause) Now, a little more difficult thing. Maybe you think I have the cards in order already, so you help me to shuffle again. Another suit, please. (Audience: Armani.) LG: Pardon? (Audience: Armani.) (Laughter) LG: It was after the blindfold. I like this guy, yeah. OK. That should be my end effect, but OK. Armani — who said Armani? You? I drop the cards and you — which size? Which size? It’s a piece of cake. I like challenges. Which size? (Audience: Extra large.) LG: Extra large, OK. Say stop. (Audience: Stop.) (Laughter) LG: Yeah, Armani. OK. (Applause) Ah, this is tough. OK, a suit. I had clubs before, spades. Another suit. (Audience: Diamonds.) LG: Diamonds, perfect. So, in this case, I try to locate diamonds. I look at the cards, and OK. We try. Yeah. You help me. If I drop the card face up, like this, you reverse it. Zoe: OK. LG: OK, now. Do with both hands, and quick. Yes, good, good. (Laughter) I think we have it now. Yeah, good, good. So here, diamonds, hearts — no, diamonds. Good, good. Stop. Do you see the pattern? No? Now? Yes, yes, OK. I work with pattern. Oh sorry, I dropped one. Maybe it’s important — yeah — nine of diamonds, OK. So now — I always ask, why do I put myself in this position? I have to figure out so many outs, when I miss some cards, but I love it. So now, I will do it. I will try to find the diamonds, but I will do it the hard way. It’s too easy to do it right away, right? I think I will do it … blindfolded. At this distance, it works immediately. Aargh! (Laughter) Duct tape. I look — shake the cards, so I don’t. Go ahead. Yeah, good. I like the empathy. Empathy. But it was — did you hear? It was women’s voice. Hear the guy — yeah, more, more, more. (Laughter) Yeah, good. Yeah. You can take the nostril too, because some guys think — (Laughter) — some guys think I can peek through the nostril, so do more. Go, go. Right? Good. Satisfied? Looks good, like Batman. Ow! (Laughter) No, with dignity and elegance, right? But I like her, yeah. I said, be a little tough. And it was OK. One more? The last. OK. All right. Now you must agree that I’m — I must rely on other senses, right? I work with vibration. So, what was the card? Diamonds. Ah, I memorized hearts. So now I have to improvise again. Maybe I’ll stand up. Half. Diamonds — I’ll start with ace of diamonds. Just kidding, warming up — king of hearts. (Laughter) And I give you a diamonds, so they — so you put them here, in a nice row, right. And you can see, yeah? Good. Ace of diamonds, yes? Zoe: Yeah. LG: Good. Good. Two — (Applause) — thank you. I never ever miss two. This is interesting. Always I’ve found two, but the wrong color. Spades, sorry. And the deck is a gift to you after, so let the skepticals here, in this, examine them, right? Remind me. It’s a gift. Two — and it was two of spades, right? Sorry, two of diamonds. I’ll do it quick now. Three — three of diamonds. Yes! Four — I like challenges, yes. Yeah, good. Chris Anderson: You’re peeking. LG: Pardon? CA: You’re peeking. You just got to — this is a request from the lady in the back. (Laughter) Okay. Try that. LG: Yeah. Also listen. OK, now. This is maybe a little tough. We will try. Yes? Good? (Laughter) OK. So, how many cards? Five? Zoe: Four. LG: Four. Is five the next card? Zoe: Five of diamonds, yeah. LG: It’s not here? Zoe: It’s not there. LG: Oh. So here, all the cards are face down — you agree? (Audience: Yes.) LG: Yes? You see that in the screen? And this is face up, and it’s not at the bottom here. So next card will be — was it five? Zoe: Five. LG: Yeah — I will reverse it face up here. Yes? Zoe: Yeah. LG: Six — six with the thumb. Seven. Yeah, I do this. I know where it is, because I peeked before and then I do this. Right? Eight. If — and then nine, right? Yeah. Yesterday — the day before yesterday, I was in Vegas, and I used this actually. Nine? Yeah? Correct? No? Yes! Ah, good, good. Ten — once again, I love this Jonny Wayne move. Yeah. Jack — you [unclear] with Jack? Jack of diamonds, correct? (Audience: No.) LG: Yes? And queen! Queen, with misdirection. Misdirection. (Applause) Yeah? And then, king, after exactly five seconds. Yeah. Five. Five seconds. One, two, three, four — mmm! Check it. Yes? CA: King of diamonds. LG: Ah! Good. Oh. Touch me, feel — ah, ah, you know! CA: Ladies and gentlemen, Lennart Green! LG: Okay, thank you.

100 thoughts on “Close-up card magic with a twist | Lennart Green

  1. That girl assistant Zoe Anderson is dead now. Killed 9 years ago by Carbon monoxide poisening. She got to be on the show because her father is a millionaire and high up in TED organisation.

  2. Is there any possibility that Lennart may be interested in becoming a BREXIT NEGOTIATOR ?? he's just the sort of person we need to sort out the "Dirty Tricks that the EU are trying to inflict on the UK .. Maybe some dirty tricks of his own 🙂

  3. お客さんのアルマーニにも即座に対応出来るのはやっぱりプロですね

  4. its unfortunate that everyone couldnt be up close. i feel like they missed alot of what he was doing. really good

  5. Why has anyone taken the time out of their day to watch this amazing footage and then ‘disliked’ it. Weird people out there. 😂

  6. Just so you know, whenever someone does card tricks at a table they are pretty much always putting the cards on their lap or a pocket on the tablecloth. He pretends to be nervous and restless by constantly shifting his chair with his hands or nervously scratches his legs. This is the moment he either stashes or grabs the reveal cards. Once you've seen this technique you can spot it in almost every card trick or illusion.

  7. Lennart Green is a living legend man. He invented some of the most amazing table sleights the card world has seen in a long time. And I’m sure I don’t have to tell any layperson that this stuff is extremely difficult and he makes it look way too easy! Thank you so much for what you have brought to this art👏🏻

  8. He is so out of shape he can barely breathe while talking.I could see all black on the bottom so he had them setup but uses deception my mixing around the top cards.Marked cards and doesn't look good when he keeps reaching under the table.

  9. Sack the director – how many camera shots from above were there – we missed half the act cos they do not know how to televise a card act. Amateurs!

  10. Miserable bunch of fucks in the audience…at the end half of the miserable fuckers couldn't even be bothered to clap.

  11. This is horrible!! What piss poor planning when posting this video. This man is doing incredible card tricks but the idiot that did the captioning at the bottom put it right on top of the cards so that you can't see half of what the man does. So disappointing because I really wanted to see it.

  12. This is by far one of my favorite performances. Shame she died in 2010, but man. I watch this every year or so, and laugh just as hard every time. I love his brand of humor. Especially the very end — Misdirection, no? And points at her running off to the card. Hehehe

  13. At 9:28 he gets the 5 cards from under the table, an when he "grabs" the cards, he just throws the 5 cards from under the table on the table… 🙂


  15. I think i’ve had this recommended every 6 months since it was recorded. And Year on Year this is still my favourite sleight/control routine. Brilliant to watch!

  16. this is witchcraft!
    pure and simple! covering with humor, thats how ppls can relate it easly.
    the under world of deamons become more and more clever as the time past.
    the god of deamons now called "fun".

    isnt that what all ppls wants this days..
    to have "fun".

    the worlds turn to be curopted
    to the core

    this man is a wizzard
    in the old days he was amidiatly burn to ashes

    but not in this days
    this days
    the deamons itself controll the wold
    after god gave them permision and
    went to hiding.

    so the ppls and the worlds will take their share of suffering and despare becouse their bad dids
    in the all past history.

  17. I watched twice and sure enough, if you watch close, you can see that Zoe is smoking hot ! Great misdirection too. I didn’t realize he did a trick, until reading comments. Well done Zoe !

  18. Zoe has passed away though. In 2010 due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

  19. Zoe Anderson is the girl. Died in 2010, 2 years after this performance. So sad in general, but especially sad because she was one of those girls who was (despite not having supermodel looks) insanely beautiful. RIP

  20. N F W. I have watched Richard Turner (watch the documentary on him – amazing) and what this man just did is actually on the same level, if not (and I dont think this is possible in the known universe) 1 step above?

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