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School Survival Kit

Posted on August 19, 2009 by chris ballinger There have been 22 comment(s)

It's that time of year again. Time to dust off your backpack, load up your binder and soak up those last few days of summer freedom. We here at Magic Geek think that school is very important, but let's face it, some times it's kind of boring. That's why we've put together a list of the top 10 must-have tricks to make the back-to-school transition a little more interesting.

These tricks were chosen because they fit in the school setting and they are sure to get the attention of your fellow students. Just be careful, some teachers don't like to be upstaged.

#10 Peekaboo
This is the perfect card trick to perform on the playground. It's funny, takes up the same space as a pen, and it's one of those awesome gadgets that everyone wants to check out.

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#9 Scorpion Moth
Be careful who you choose to perform this trick for. Some people like being attacked by a blood-sucking moth, some don't. (The ones who don't usually scream the loudest.)

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#8 Self-Folding Dollar Bill
This is a great trick to always have in your pocket. It's creepy and unexpected.

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#7 Neck Cracker
Oh, if only I had one of these when I was in school. This little gimmick will make everyone scream as you adjust you neck with a loud POP-POP-POP!

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#6 Two Headed Nickel
Oftentimes schoolyard decisions have to be made by playing Rochambeau or flipping a coin. Make sure you always get what you want with a Two Headed Nickel.

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#5 Card Cognition
You and a friend can take turns reading minds. And if you don't have a friend, Card Cognition is a great way to make one.

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#4 Rattle Snake Eggs
I have to warn you, this gag got me into a lot of trouble in the second grade. That being said, I used it again in third grade, and then in fourth grade, and in fifth grade... you get the idea.

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#3 Anttack
This is a great trick to do at lunch time because it involves food. What better way to digest than to have a colony of ants fly off a card and into your hands?

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#2 Jumbo Appearing Pencil
This one is going to take a little nerve to pull off. It will definitely disrupt class, but there's something to be said for the kid who pulls a three-foot pencil out of their backpack.

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#1 Permanent DVD Set with Gimmicks
It's easy to use. It's a prop that you can use in your school work. It's a no brainer. Why not rub the ink off of the side of your Sharpie marker before drawing a pie chart? Just don't use it for tagging stuff because that is naughty.

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There you have it, my top ten for this year's back-to-school season. The top ten tricks from last year are still good, so you should check out that blog post too for more great magic.


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22 Responses to School Survival Kit

  • gabe
    gabe says:

    i like the idea.....im glad you guys got card cognition...it is an absolutly amazing effect.

    Posted on August 19, 2009 at 6:39 am

  • daniel s.
    daniel s. says:

    haha really? awesome cuz i ordered it yesterday!

    Posted on August 19, 2009 at 10:18 am

  • bill
    bill says:

    i love the jumbo pencil idea

    Posted on August 21, 2009 at 7:47 am

  • Greg
    Greg says:

    hi chris. is boris wild's remarkable dvd set revealing how to do all of the listed tricks or is it just a bunch of his tricks on a dvd.

    Posted on August 22, 2009 at 12:49 am

  • Chris Ballinger

    Hello Greg, The Boris Wild DVD set is instructional. He shows what the tricks will look like and then he explains how to perform them.

    Posted on August 24, 2009 at 1:00 am

  • Travis Falussy
    Travis Falussy says:

    Hey Chris, is permanent a good set to buy? I wanted to buy it and wanted to see if it is good please write back.

    Posted on August 26, 2009 at 9:40 pm

  • Travis Falussy
    Travis Falussy says:

    Oh and also any other tricks recommended for me im 12 please write back

    Posted on August 26, 2009 at 9:44 pm

  • Chris Ballinger

    Hi Travis Falussy, I think Permanent is awesome. And I'm not just saying that because I invented it. It's one of those tricks where people will bring their friends up to me at a gig and say, "Show my friend the marker trick." It gets big reactions at private shows and on the street.

    Posted on August 27, 2009 at 7:57 am

  • Gigi
    Gigi says:

    Hi Chris my names Gigi (G-G) I am 11 and I am can't do slight of hand and I have been doing magic for only a month.. do you think that would be able to do the Growing ball? Does that require slight of hand?
    Which magic tricks do you think would be good for me?

    Please write back!!! :) :) :) :) :)

    Posted on September 5, 2009 at 10:22 pm

  • Chris Ballinger

    Hi Gigi, welcome to being a magician. The Growing Ball would be an excellent choice for you. We have organized all of our Easiest magic tricks in the "Easiest" section, which you can find on the left sidebar of Magic Geek.

    Posted on September 6, 2009 at 12:01 am

  • nathan
    nathan says:

    The only problem with the pencil is that you have to do something with it. Is there a good way to get rid of it, without people finding out how it works?

    Posted on September 7, 2009 at 4:27 am

  • Gigi
    Gigi says:

    Ok Chris I am going to get the growing ball and the shrinking nickels today!!!
    Thanks so much! Do you have any specific tricks that would be good for me??

    Posted on September 7, 2009 at 8:05 am

  • Gigi
    Gigi says:

    Oh ya and I went to mone of my local magic shop and the guy recomended to not buy kits because kits have duplicates but there is a kit I saw and it has 12 out of 24 thricks I already have but it also has tricks I dont have and can't find anywhere else exept for really expensive prices. Should I get it or save my money for other tricks??
    Oh P.S. thanks for writing back to my previous comments!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) (: (: (: (: (: (: (: (:

    Posted on September 7, 2009 at 8:14 am

  • Gigi
    Gigi says:

    I mean _one_of my local magic shops

    Posted on September 7, 2009 at 8:15 am

  • nathan
    nathan says:

    Gigi, I have a suggestion. What are the tricks in the set you want? Think about how often you'd use them, and how appropriate they are for the type of performing you do most .(Close up, stage. etc.) I have got sets with tricks that I thought were cool, and I have hardly ever used those. Keep that in mind.

    Posted on September 7, 2009 at 1:11 pm

  • Gigi
    Gigi says:

    Hey Nathan thanks that is a good idea Iil think about that. Are you a magician???

    Posted on September 8, 2009 at 5:41 am

  • Gigi
    Gigi says:

    I am going to get the sponge balls as a start to sleight of hand I HAVE to PERFECT this trick for my presentation for school.

    Posted on September 8, 2009 at 5:47 am

  • Matt
    Matt says:

    hey Chris, i just wanted to know is the magnetic flipper coin worth buying and if it is does it have multiple affects

    Posted on September 8, 2009 at 9:58 am

  • nathan
    nathan says:

    Gigi, yes I am a magician. Nothing big, of course. Just mostly a hobby. I have the sponge balls. It is a good effect and it is very versatile. Good choice.

    Posted on September 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm

  • Gigi
    Gigi says:

    Nathan or chris: I am going to think about the coin through hand but I'm not sure if it needs sleight of hand does it? Because I dont wand to buy a $25 trick that I can't even do

    Posted on September 10, 2009 at 5:34 am

  • Chris Ballinger

    Hello Matt: The <b><a href="http://www.magicgeek.com/flipper-coin-magnetic-1702.html" rel="nofollow">Magnetic Flipper Coin</a></b> is a fantastic gimmick that can be used for lots of different effcts and routines.

    Hello Gigi: The <b><a href="http://www.magicgeek.com/coin-thru-hand-1853.html" rel="nofollow">Coin Thru Hand</a></b> does require learning a sleight, but it is a very easy one. It's worth the practice to learn.

    Posted on September 11, 2009 at 11:33 am

  • Gigi
    Gigi says:

    ok... I am practicing the shrinking die it is such an amazing trick. I have the petro penny by royal magic too... that is a cool trick as well

    Posted on September 12, 2009 at 11:01 pm

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