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Monthly Archives: January 2008

  • Card Trick of the Week 5

    Posted on January 23, 2008 by chris ballinger

    Oil and Water

    A selection of red cards and black cards are repeatedly mixed or shuffled. When spread the cards are seen to have separated, red to one side and black to the other.

    A classic in magic that has endless possibilities in performance as well as execution. The trick can be done with the whole deck or as a packet effect with six or eight cards. The different variations allow for a magician of any skill level to make up an impressive routine. It uses ungaffed cards and is a nice releif from the 'Pick a Card' sort of tricks.

    If you're a beginner looking to learn an easy Oil and Water routine, check out Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic. Page 101 goes over a very easy version of the trick using the cards ace through three in red and four through six in black. At the end of the routine, not only have the colors separated, but the cards are organized in numerical order.

    Chris Performing his Oil and Water Routine.

    If you can get your hands on a copy of Commercial Carney there is a packet effect that ends with the entire deck separating after an audience member shuffles it.

    Michael Ammar's Easy to master Card Miracles Volume 6 includes instruction on Roy Walton's "Oil and Queens" where spot cards separate and then turn into queens. A great twist on an already excellent trick.

    What are your favorite Oil and Water routines? Have you made up your own? Feel free to send us video of you performing your best stuff.

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  • Explosive Mentalism

    Posted on January 15, 2008 by chris ballinger

    We have a new mentalism effect in the store and it's a lot of fun. The effect is this. You take a light bulb - ANY light bulb and concentrate on it. It unexpectedly explodes with a loud pop and shatters to the floor. Original Exploding Light Bulb comes from the creative mind of Yigal Mesika (Loops, Spider Pen, Electric Touch) and Elian Agaian (Final Book Test). And it is quickly becoming my favorite mentalism routine.

    This effect has its limitations, as there are glass shards involved, I wouldn't recommend it for a restaurant show; but it is great for the street, stage, parlor, or impressing your friends and coworkers. The sound of the explosion gets attention and if you build it up, it can be very startling. No one expects the light to actually explode, so when it happens there is an instant audience reaction.

    The method is so simple and so well thought out that it is reminiscent of a classic magic effect. The light can be examined and turned on before the effect. You can even go into someone's house and borrow one of their lights. You never have to touch the glass of the bulb and there are no fishy moves before the explosion.

    NOTE: This effect involves real shattered glass. It is not intended for minors and is recommended for professionals only. Precautions must be taken to avoid harming performer and audience. Magic Geek Inc. is not liable for any injuries or damage to property that might result for using this product.

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  • Are You a David Blaine Fan?

    Posted on January 9, 2008 by chris ballinger

    We just got our hands on some very unique decks from David Blaine's personal stock: The Split Spade Collector's Decks. The black and white design is very classy and kind of spooky. Printed by the U.S. Playing Card Company with a Cambric Finish, so you know that they will be the highest quality in look and feel.

    Each deck boasts David Blaine's signature design with his initials hidden in a Split-Spade design. We carry them in as set of two decks. One deck is white with a black design and the other is black with an inverted white design. One of the decks in every set is autographed by David Blaine himself.

    These cards come with no gaffs or gimmicks; but the eerie design, devoid of all color, will bring your card tricks to the level of card miracles. And since you get two decks, you can perform with one of them and leave the seal unbroken on the signed deck as a collector's item.

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