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Monthly Archives: May 2009

  • Russian Ball Video

    Posted on May 22, 2009 by chris ballinger

    After developing our new NaCl Russian Balls we couldn't wait to take them out for a test run. So, we got some NaCl balls, some Russian-style costumes and our trusty video camera and shot another silly commercial.

    The NaCl Russian Balls come in two sizes: 80mm and 65mm. The smaller size is my new favorite ball to juggle five-ball patterns.

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    The new plug design allows you to change the weight of the balls in case you like a heaver or lighter ball. We chose to fill the balls with salt because it slides smoothly along the inside of the ball and it is an easy substance to find for weight adjustments.


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  • Finding What You Need

    Posted on May 18, 2009 by chris ballinger

    There are quite a few tools built into Magic Geek that can help you find what you are looking for. Using these functions are a lot of fun because they can quickly guide you to what you need and surprise you with other tricks that might fit your show in ways you hadn't thought about.

    The first two options are the most basic and they can be found on every page here at Magic Geek. They are the Categories Side Bar and the Search Box. The Sidebar lets you narrow down you search by Style, Price, and Skill Level. The Search Box lets you type in key words to find the trick you are looking for. For the best results on our search engine, use shorter search phrases instead of long descriptions of the trick.

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    Another very helpful and often overlooked tool on Magic Geek is the Jump Categories Box. This can be found on the top of every product list page.

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    Click it and a Drop Down Menu will appear with all the different types of products that we carry. Here, the categories are broken up into even more detail. For example: the Card Tricks Section is broken up into Packet Effect, Revelations, and Trick Decks.

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    By clicking on one of these Sub-Categories you will be taken to a page that contains only those types of tricks. So if you want to look for tricks that are specific to Gambling, we've got a sub-category for that. Comedy? We've got one for that too. Etc.

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    If you still don't see what you're looking for, you can check out our Forum. There is a great thread called the Trick Finder, where you can describe a trick to our magicians and they'll tell you the name of the trick you're looking for and where to find it. Who knows? Someone might have already asked your question and the answer will still be posted there. And of course you can always e-mail or call us using the contact information at the bottom of the screen.


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  • Coin Magic Starter Kit

    Posted on May 5, 2009 by chris ballinger

    A lot of people ask us what to get for a beginner that is interested in a particular genre of magic. That's why we decided to do a brand new blog series called "Starter Kits". In each entry we will recommend a Book, a DVD, a Self-Working Trick, an Intermediate Trick, and a Routine that you should work on. This week we're going to take a look at Coin Magic, so let's get started.

    Book: Modern Coin Magic
    For decades this book has been the go-to manuscript for the serious coin magician. It covers everything from the basic techniques to available gimmicks, to full routines. If you want to get a full education on coin tricks, this book is going to give you the biggest bang for your buck.

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    DVD: Easy to Master Money Miracles
    Okay, so this isn't just one DVD and it's not strictly coin magic, but this series brings together the easiest and most amazing money routines out there. Micheal Ammar is known for his ability to teach; and why not learn a few dollar bill tricks while you're studying coin magic?

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    Self-Working Trick: Dime and Penny/Scotch and Soda
    This is an easy, yet versatile gimmick that fools everybody. I personally like using the Dime and Penny version better because the gimmicks seem more innocent. But both versions are beautifully made and can be used in a variety of routines.

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    Intermediate Gimmick: Coin in Bottle
    This is another gimmick that will give you a lot of routine possibilities. What makes the Coin in the Bottle so valuable is the fact that you will learn invaluable sleights like palms and switches that can be used with other tricks as your skills develop.

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    Routine: Coins Across/Matrix
    The basic effect is that a few coins will travel invisibly from one hand to the other. All the sleights that you'll need to perform this effect can be found in Modern Coin Magic. But if you want to get fancy, you can learn one of the sleek Matrix routines covered on the Coin Matrix DVD.

    If you study each of the things listed in this list, you will be well on your way to becoming a great coin magician. The easier gimmicks and tricks will build your confidence and the more advanced routines and sleights will challenge you and give you great satisfaction.


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