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Monthly Archives: November 2007

  • Looking for a Gift?

    Posted on November 24, 2007 by chris ballinger

    Unfortunately, buying magic for a magician can be hard to do. It has been our goal here at Magic Geek to simplify the task and turn it into something fun. First off we have posted a video demo for just about every product we carry. That way, you can enjoy a short video and see exactly what the effect is.

    To further simplify things we have put together this little list of categories and suggestions. We hope these help you in the search for the perfect gift...

    Very Early Beginner:
    We recommend you look in the Easiest section of the Magic Geek website. All of these effects can be performed with no sleight of hand experience. And it's not just kid's stuff, there are tricks like D'Lite and Dime and Penny that are easy, but fool and entertain adults as well.

    Beginner:
    Take a look at the Easy section. Classic effects that can be built upon are great ideas for the beginner with a growing interest in magic. Look into the Svengali Deck or the Scotch and Soda. What's better than getting a magic trick? Getting lots of magic tricks. That's why a Magic Set is always a great idea. We recommend the Legends of Magic Set or the Official Magician's Magic Show Set. We even have a wide selection of very classy, high quality magic in the Magic Collection #1, Magic Collection #2, and Executive Magic Collection #3 sets.


    Been Doing Magic for a While:

    Here's were those video demos come in really handy. For an individual trick, find something that you think looks really cool, that you haven't seen the gift recipient perform. A good place to look would be the Intermediate section. Another great idea at this stage is the Books or DVDs section. After a while most magicians get bored with self-working tricks and want to learn sleight of hand, so books and videos are a great buy. We recommend the Easy to Master Card Miracles series or Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic.

     

      

      The Expert:
    Here's where it gets tricky. You should ask if there is something they have been wanting. They will usually ask for a Book or a DVD. If they are a professional they will often ask for an individual trick only if it fits nicely into their routine. Our recommendations are Maximum Entertainment or The Art of Astonishment series. Another great idea is to take a look at the Accessories section of the website. Magicians go through Decks, Ropes, and Silks like nobody's business so replacements are always welcome. Also a nice Close-Up Pad or Shuffle Mat is a luxury most magicians would like but often do not have. 

    Also feel free to contact us for recommendations via e-mail. We have a staff of professional magicians ready to respond to your questions. Thanks for shopping at Magic Geek and have fun!


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  • Appearing Baby

    Posted on November 15, 2007 by chris ballinger

    Hey everyone, it's Chris (the guy from the video demos). I haven't been writing many posts lately because I've had my hands full, as you can see:

    My wife and I just had a beautiful baby girl. Her name is Bailey and she was born on the 6th of November. I hope to raise her to be as big a geek as I am.


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  • We Want to Know:

    Posted on November 4, 2007 by chris ballinger

    What's your favorite gimmick and why? We very rarely get to talk about the awesome gizmos that we secretly use. Now's your chance to recommend or express your views on the sneaky things that heighten our magical abilities.

     

     

    Please try to avoid giving away any of the secrets. Just tell us why you like using it.

    Here are Chris' picks:
    Thumb Tip: Given the number of effects possible with a TT, it's no wonder that you'll find one in just about every close-up magician's case.
    Expanded Shell: This is one of those gimmicks that allows you to use sleight of hand, while making your magic look way more visual.
    Reel: I have been converted. I don't know why I put up a front for so long, but the Spider Pen has replaced my standard reel. No clips, no rubberbands, way easier to refill, and no need to worry about hiding the thing; it hides itself.
    Third Degree Burn: This thing is so cool, that I'm always tempted to show it to people. It's very well thought out and expertly manufactured. Not to mention that the effect is stunning.

    Please feel free to comment and let others know what you use. What do you consider to be the best gimmicks out there?


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  • Who We Are

    Posted on November 2, 2007 by chris ballinger

    Hey everybody. Ever wonder what happens between placing your order and delivery? Or where Yo-Yos came from? Or what color shirt Brian was wearing on Oct. 6th? Well, now you can find out the answers to all these questions and more by watching our brand new video:

      

    Thanks for shopping Magic Geek and be sure to tell us what you think.


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