BROKEN WAND KEN KRENZEL 1926-2012
Ken Krenzel was born and raised on the Lower East Side of New York. At the age of seven he saw a marionette show at his school and, in his words, it started his “ life-long and passionate love of magic and all things magical” As a youngster, Ken became a charter member of F.A.M.E. (Future American Magical Entertainers) run by Dr. Abraham Hurwitz , known as Peter Pan The Magic Man. This amazing group of young magicians would become major players in our magic world. *
As Ken grew up he pursued the study of psychology in college and eventually earned a Ph.D. He was a Diplomate in the American Board of Professional Psychology. Ken had served for many years as Psychologist for the Board of Education in the City of New York where he eventually became a supervisor of School Psychologists. He was a member of the board and vice president of the Executive Committee of the New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center before going into private practice.
In his magic, he became well known as a leading exponent of expert sleight-of-hand with cards. He has published material in various magic journals: The Gen, Genii, MUM, Hugard’s Magic Monthly, Phoenix, Hierophant, Kabbala, Epilogue, New Jinx, Apocalypse, and the Minotaur. His art has been featured in books like “The Card Classics of Ken Krenzel “in 1978. His ‘Ingenuities” book is much sought after. He was always recognized as the “magicians’ magician.”
In 1993 Ken was the Parent Assembly # 1 Society of American Magicians Magician of the Year and became its Dean in October of 2011. Ken was always a proponent of keeping the “secrecy” of magic and played a role in combating “exposure” of magic effects. He often mused that; “I never have to worry about falling into a second childhood. Magic has kept me in my first childhood. “ Long time friend Rabbi Noach Valley officiated at the funeral where the “broken wand” service was performed by Dean George Schindler
*Ken’s contemporaries were Howard Schwarzman, George Schindler , Albert Goshman, George Gilbert, Harry Lorayne, Jack London, Victor Sendax , Sol Stone, Jerry Bergman and Frank Garcia. He was also mentored by Ed Balducci and was befriended by Dai Vernon, Slydini, Cliff Green,and Charlie Miller.
** A full biography appears in the September 1993 M-U-M magazine.