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It's Magic

Posted on November 10, 2008 by chris ballinger There have been 10 comment(s)

This weekend a few of us went to the It's Magic show presented by Milt Larson and Terry Hill. Now in its 52nd year, It's Magic is a traveling show which features a variety of different magic acts every year. And whenever I get to see it, I am reminded of how much I love magic.

nullMe with Milt Larson, founder of the Magic Castle in Hollywood.

This year featured an amazing line up of magicians including Tom Ogden, Dan Birch, Danny Cole, Jason Latimer, Eric Buss, and Chuck Jones & Company. If you ever get a chance to see any of these acts I recommend you jump on it.

The show was hosted by Ogden who kept the crowd laughing with his classic one-liners. The audience let out audible gasps as Birch wowed them with his dove act. Cole beautifully wove magic and music in his CD manipulation act. Latimer ended his set with his new laser act which, if you haven't seen, you should look up on youtube. The always zany Buss shot a bajillion snakes out of cans in his Snake Symphony routine. And amid flashy large-scale illusions, Chuck Jones did a very touching Floating Table routine with a little girl from the audience.

nullFrom left to right: Danny Cole, Dan Birch, me, Tom Ogden, Eric Buss, Jason Latimer and Chuck Jones.

My wife and I stumbled upon a variety show on our honeymoon in Hanover where we saw Danny Cole perform almost five years ago and Jason Latimer used to stop by our old retail shop when he was studying at UCSB. It was great to watch their acts again and see some things that were new to us. Live performance is a very important part of magic and so it's really great when we get to participate in it and support it.

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10 Responses to It's Magic

  • Lanny Sherwin

    Hey, Chris,

    Great to see you & Jessica at "It's Magic!" Send me your mailing address & I'll send you a couple of my CDs.

    Posted on November 10, 2008 at 7:47 am

  • gabe
    gabe says:

    chris, can you please order hollow and hollow 2.

    Posted on November 11, 2008 at 2:42 am

  • Matthew
    Matthew says:


    Great Job.

    Lucky to be doing what your doing.

    Been ordering from for months xD

    All the best,


    Posted on November 13, 2008 at 9:39 am

  • john
    john says:

    ya can u get hollow @ hollow 2? also, i think u should get some decks like ghost or shadow masters. u no like black tiger or something. u could make a lot of money selling those.

    Posted on November 15, 2008 at 11:15 am

  • ?
    ? says:

    Hey Chris, i'm sorry this has nothing to do with the blog but if you or someone else knows if the silk fountain comes with the silks could you tell me. If it doesn't what size silks would you recommend.

    Posted on November 18, 2008 at 4:46 am

  • Chris Ballinger

    Hey everybody, Just wanted to respond to some of the comments on this post. I'm looking into Hollow & Hollow 2. They are both great tricks and if we can get them, they'll be up on the site in no time. Silk Fountain is self-contained and includes all of the silks you need to perform the trick. For further questions and comments, please use our e-mail or telephone number. They are both listed at the bottom of every page on the site. Your stuff is sure to be read and will get a quicker response that way.

    Posted on November 18, 2008 at 6:47 am

  • ?
    ? says:

    WOW! Magic geek is the best (and so is Chris)! I wrote a comment on this blog like a couple hours ago and Chris already responded. AMAZING. thanks.

    Posted on November 18, 2008 at 7:36 am

  • Aaron Underwood
    Aaron Underwood says:

    Hey Chris I'm such a huge fan and I'm an intermediate magician myself and I'm only 11 turning 12 Febuary 27. And for the Stage magic, Close-up magic, and Street magic sets are those just specials for the holidays or what I'd like to know so just leave a comment back when you get a chance. YOU ROCK CHRIS

    Posted on November 27, 2008 at 3:40 pm

  • gabe
    gabe says:

    i recomend you get exile. it is the trick that david blaine did on his dive of death. the doodle pen is not. exile is one of my tricks with best reactions. please get it

    Posted on December 6, 2008 at 12:02 am

  • bryce
    bryce says:

    hey chris i recently got a 50 dollar certificate for magic geek and really want you to get rocky the raccoon in stock so i could buy him.

    merry christmas,

    Posted on December 22, 2008 at 10:56 am