Norm Nielsen Playing Cards
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Vintage Norm Nielsen Manipulation Playing Cards - New Sealed Deck

This is a very rare vintage deck of Norm Neilsen palming cards. These cards make manipulation an even greater pleasure! The cards are printed on thin board stock, making the deck one-third thinner than a regular one. The pips are printed in all four corners, making it possible to fan with the right or the left hand. They have brown or flesh colored backs. They don't need breaking in. These have been the standard for manipulators for years.
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Location Magic Library (Home)
Condition Mint
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Norm Nielsen

Norm Nielsen, Born February 17, 1934 in Kenosha, Wisconsin,[1] is an American magician and business owner.

1 Early life and career
2 Creation of magic tricks
3 Magic career
4 Awards
5 References

Early life and career

Nielsen's interest in magic started at a young age after watching his barber perform a few cigarette tricks. After seeing Neil Foster perform at a magic convention in White Water, Wisconsin, Nielsen enrolled at the Chavez School of Magic in Los Angeles. He graduated in 1953.

Creation of magic tricks

One of his first ideas for a magic trick was to make a trumpet toot as it floated in thin air. He eventually rejected this idea as the audience would not be able to see the keys move. This led to the creation of the floating violin, whose moving bow was more readily seen. The prototype took nearly two years to develop, and the illusion itself took several more. This illusion is still in Nielsen's repertoire as his trademark trick.

Nielsen developed other aspects of his musical act, including a flute that disintegrates into silver dust and coins that are dropped melodically onto a vertical xylophone.

Magic career

Nielsen has worked in London, Helsinki, Istanbul, Tokyo, Caracas, Santiago, Las Vegas, Sydney, and Monte Carlo. He had a regular engagement at the Crazy Horse Saloon in Paris, where he performed on and off for six years.

He is the owner of Nielsen Magic, founded 1956. In the early years, he learned how to make magic props from Theo Bamberg, also known as Okito. He was given permission by Okito to manufacture all items of his line, including the Okito Checker Cabinet. He is the manufacturer of the Nielsen line of products, which include among others, Vanishing Bottles, Rubber Doves and Manipulation Cards.

Stage Magician of the Year – Magic Castle (1970)
Magician of the Year – Magic Castle (1978)
Jack Gwynne Award (1977, 1988)
Chavez Award (1991)
Golden Mandrake Award – Paris (1991)
Performing Fellowship – Magic Castle (1994)
Magician's Favorite Magician CBS-TV (1995)
D.R.A.G.O.N Award (2005)


1. Norm Nielsen. Magic Wisconsin, 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.