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Monthly Archives: April 2008

  • Card Force Vlog

    Posted on April 29, 2008 by chris ballinger

    A lot of the tricks we sell require you to know how to force a card. If you have been having trouble finding a place to learn a card force, this video is for you.

    The books listed in this video blog are:
    Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic

    and Roberto Giobbi's Card College Volume 1

     

    Thanks for watching our first in a series of video blogs. Our goal is not to give away the secrets of magic, but enhance your knowlege of the basics so that you can move forward with your magic. Please let us know if there is a topic you want to see explained or discussed in video form.


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  • Time Lapse

    Posted on April 15, 2008 by chris ballinger

    Last Monday we set our camera to take a picture every 2 seconds and aimed it at one of our packing tables. The result was this little video. Hope you enjoy:

    Right now we pack a little over ten of these tables a day. Each full table is 33 orders and can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour to complete.


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  • Card Trick of the Week

    Posted on April 7, 2008 by chris ballinger

     "Strangers' Gallery"

    The Effect: A blue deck of cards is shown. Three prediction cards are removed by the performer and a fourth card is selected by a spectator. When shown, all four cards are seen to be duplicates. One by one the backs of these four cards change colors: one is black, another is yellow, and the last is the inverse of a regular card. After these four impossible changes, the deck is spread to show that all of the other cards have changed to red-backs.

     

     

    I like the freedom to hand my props to a skeptical spectator at any time; as a result I rarely use trick cards. For this trick, I make an exception. The visual surprise of a three never-before-seen bicycle colors send spectators gasping. And the final reveal that the entire deck has changed colors is superb.

    Watch the Demo:

    The craftsmanship of the gimmicks is unrivalled while the instruction booklet is comprehensive and thorough. Several subtleties are described to ensure the maximum impact.


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  • Tips on Sponges

    Posted on April 5, 2008 by chris ballinger

     Sponge balls are excellent because they are simple enough to perform for young audiences, but also fool adults. They also pack small and play big. The most important thing is that you stay one step ahead of the audience.

    Here are a few tips on sponge products that you might find helpful:

    Travel:
    A huge problem that you might run into with Sponge Balls is that they get warped or creased when they are packed away.

    Try using a bag instead of a box. A cloth bag will allow the balls to naturally maintain their shape instead of forcing them to conform to the shape of a box.

    Use some hallow plastic Easter eggs. Find some of those cheap plastic Easter eggs and make sure they are a little bigger than the sponge balls that you use. The hard shell will ensure that, even when thrown into a trunk or drawer, your sponge balls stay spherical.

    Restoration:
    Sponge balls collect the oils from your finger tips. The porous surface often picks up discolorations and diseases, especially when you have multiple spectators handle the balls. 

    A great way to rejuvenate your sponges is to soak them in warmish water before a show. This allows the pores to expand to their fullest levels. The sponge prop will get larger, more vibrant, and softer. Just make sure you allow them to dry fully before using them in a show.

    Every once in a while it is a good idea to clean your sponges in a bowl of water with a very small amount of color-safe deturgent. This should protect the vibrancy and keep them clean.

    Routines:
    Be sure that your routine builds on itself. Don't start off a routine with an unbelievable effect and let it dwindle down. Start strong, but be sure you end stronger.

    A great way to end a routine is to have an explosion of balls at the end. Just place two or three balls into a spectator's hand with a secret load of four or five more. When they open their hand there is an explosion of balls.

    An easier ender is to have the ball change into a large sponge rabbit or split into a black ball and red cube. Both of those effects are available here at Magic Geek under the names Bug Bunny and Color Changing Ball to Square.


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