Ken Krenzel was born and raised in the Lower East Side of New York City. His life-long passion for magic and all things magical began at the age of 7, after he saw a marionette show at his elementary school and continued up into his eighties.
At a young age he became a charter member of F.A.M.E. (Future American Magical Entertainers who was ran by Peter Pan The Magic Man (Dr.Abraham Hurwitz). Some names in his group would later become major players in the magic community such as Frank Garcia, Al Goshman, Jack London, Harry Lorayne, and George Schindler.
As Ken’s life progressed he eventually pursued the study of Psychology and earned his Ph.D. In addition, he published material in various magic journals: The Gen, Genii, Hugards’s Magic Monthly, Phoenix, MUM, Hierophant, Kabbala, Epilogue, New Jinx, Apocalypse, and The Minotaur.
Harry Lorayne, who published some of his work in The Card Classics of Ken Krenzel (1978) said,
“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”
There are so many contributions that Ken Krenzel has made to the magic community it’s almost too much to list. Due to his contributions among many other things New York City voted Dr. Ken Krenzel the Dean of the Parent Assembly on October 3, 2011 by The Board of Directors of the SAM Parent Assembly #1.
Below are some quotes from some of us here at Ellusionist:
Ken Krenzel was one of the nicest, most straight forward people I’ve ever met. I wish I would have had more time to get to know him better. He will be missed.- Eric Jones
To say that this post sums up Dr. Krenzels life is not true to say the least. He’s touched countless lives and inspired countless magicians, myself included. During my journey into magic I stumbled upon his video called The Pass. From that day on I began a new journey to aspire to something I had never before knew existed–smoot, flawless beautiful magic sleights. Krenzel inspired me to never settle for less as he never did. -Xavior Spade
Dr. Ken Krenzel, Dean of the Parent Assembly, passed away the afternoon of February 8 at the age of 85.
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Rabbi Noach Valley will officiate and George Schindler will perform the broken wand ceremony.
From all of us here at Ellusionist to all of Dr. Ken Krenzel’s family and friends, our most sincere condolences. He will be missed