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We Want to Know:

Posted on November 4, 2007 by chris ballinger There have been 19 comment(s)

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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19 Responses to We Want to Know:

  • Adam
    Adam says:

    I really like Loops! They are easy to carry around and make the impossible seem very possible. I've been a fan of them for years!

    Posted on November 4, 2007 at 1:43 pm

  • Owen
    Owen says:

    I like the bite out quarter. It's so cool when you spit the peice out and it's back to normal.

    Posted on November 12, 2007 at 1:03 am

  • Matt
    Matt says:

    I have heard very good things about loops and i am going to buy it. Loops is my favorite gimmick.

    Posted on November 13, 2007 at 8:09 pm

  • Peyton
    Peyton says:

    I use the PK Ring a lot. I wear it around all the time so people never suspect anything.

    Posted on November 22, 2007 at 2:15 am

  • Anthony
    Anthony says:

    Truthfully, I like all gimmicks! But my favorite (not really a gimmick but gaff) is the ghost gaff deck. I do not currently own one, but I have seen people explain it and seen demos of what you can do and its awesome. Does not currently carry them but they should! best cards out their in my opinion. If the admins on magic geek are reading this i suggesting getting some ASASP.

    Posted on November 24, 2007 at 10:27 am

  • Stan
    Stan says:

    You'll probably groan at this, but My favorite gimmick may not be considered a gimmick at all by's slight of hand. With constant rehearsal I am always ready to perform, no matter what material may be on hand (pun at no extra cost). My favorite might be coins, since I always have some in my pocket. Believe me; if you can entertain with a "gimmicked" coin, when combined with some manipulation techniques, you can perform absolute miracles.

    Posted on November 30, 2007 at 11:05 am

  • connor
    connor says:

    I'd have to say that the Humming Bird Card is my favorite. I have this at my house and it is amazing! Most people think your holding a string attached to the card, but they're wrond! It's Amazing!:)

    Posted on December 15, 2007 at 6:11 am

  • bob
    bob says:


    Posted on December 18, 2007 at 9:56 am

  • zak
    zak says:

    i personaly like most of these gimicks but the one the i like best is without a doubt the tread genie its so easy to hide and use

    Posted on December 23, 2007 at 11:20 am

  • Nick
    Nick says:

    I love the thumb tip. It gives great reactions.

    Posted on December 26, 2007 at 8:35 am

  • Hristo
    Hristo says:

    I love the thumb tip, i use it all the time. i dont kow what is the reel used for. can someone explain me?

    Posted on December 29, 2007 at 10:37 pm

  • Bob
    Bob says:

    Loops are the best. I absolutly love them. take care of them though because they can break

    Posted on January 2, 2008 at 1:23 am

  • thecuso
    thecuso says:

    Huron Low's Fire in the Hole Advanced Gimmick.

    And the classic thumbtip too :P

    btw, nice site. Im running a logo contest at my cardistry blog for my new template design...

    you might want to take a look at it ;) and maybe you are ok with link exchange or another kind of advertisement for your shop.

    just drop me a comment somewhere in my blog.


    Posted on January 3, 2008 at 9:37 pm

  • Kris the Clue Monger

    Being new, only a few are seen by adults(for now). Kids get a kick outta the vanishing egg bag (I, very obviously, hide it in my cheek and use the a.pit ruse just cuz it's fun for them to "know" it's 1 of 2 places. When I ask if they're ready, I just mumble and point. Kids love it until they find that perhaps it IS gone?! (til I cough, sneeze, etc.) Adults seem to like PEN thru dollar,and cig thru 25 cents. I'll be looking into those mentioned by the more experienced above. Thanks

    Posted on January 13, 2008 at 8:22 am

  • turner zettelmeier
    turner zettelmeier says:

    my favorite trick is the jordanet wallet. it is so much fun to do this at stores. its always fun to say at the end "what can i say, my moneys always burning a hole in my poket"

    Posted on January 16, 2008 at 10:20 am

  • caleb
    caleb says:

    in all the videos I've seen I'd have to say the appearing candle and the D'lite pair

    Posted on February 21, 2008 at 4:43 am

  • Aleksandar
    Aleksandar says:

    appearing cane and swallowing sword. they are both easy to use

    Posted on March 24, 2008 at 6:43 pm

  • keaton
    keaton says:

    the shark because it is small and hidden

    Posted on April 29, 2011 at 3:43 am

  • Greg Carlson

    my favorite gimmick of all time would have to be the invisible deck. some others include the dlites, the t.t. and linking rings

    Posted on July 1, 2011 at 8:48 pm