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Monthly Archives: October 2009

  • Paul Harris

    Posted on October 28, 2009 by chris ballinger

    I am going to interview Paul Harris in a week and I want to know what questions that you want me to ask him. And to illustrate how passionate I am about this, Aidan sat me down in front of a keyboard and asked me to sing an impromptu song about it.

    Anyway, please comment with your question submissions by 11/2/09. Then I'll interview Paul Harris and ask him those questions. How cool is that?


    For those of you who are not familiar with Paul Harris' work, you should get familiar. His books, The Art of Astonishment impacted close-up magic in a huge way and his box set True Astonishment is a beautiful piece of magic history.

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  • Flying Karamazov Brothers

    Posted on October 27, 2009 by chris ballinger

    I recently had the honor of interviewing Pavel and Zossima of the legendary juggling troupe The Flying Karamazov Brothers. Check out the video below for the out of control interview where we discuss juggling, music theory, character, casting and more...

    For information on upcoming Flying Karamazov Brother shows and events, check out You can also become a facebook fan of the Flying Karamazov Brothers at

    After the interview I became a fan on Facebook and then I took my daughter to see the show. It was awesome and Bailey still hasn't stopped talking about it.


    A Brief History
    For those of you who don't know much about the FKB, they were formed in 1973 by Paul Magid and Howard Patterson. They started by performing on the streets and at festivals until in 1980 when they began playing in legitimate theaters around the world. Their show is a collision of juggling, music, comedy, and theater that is always entertaining. The current members are Paul Magid (Dmitri), Mark Ettinger (Alexei), Roderick Kimball (Pavel), and Stephen Bent (Zossima).

    Some of you might recognize Stephen as the star of the Ultimate Club Juggling DVD.


    If you're interested in learning to juggle clubs, this is the best way to do so. It's easy to see why the Flying Karamazov Brothers adopted him into the family.

    For those of you budding New York Jugglers, Rod Kimball gives classes in the area. After watching him juggle I think you should seriously consider it. To learn more about that, click HERE.

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  • 2 Card Switch Tutorial

    Posted on October 23, 2009 by chris ballinger

    Here is a fun trick that is easy to learn and can be performed close-up or on stage:

    Click the images below to find the new Gaff Card 4 Packs used in this routine:

    Double Face Cards

    Double Back Cards

    Magic Geek is also proud to several other gaffed card 4 Packs and full decks:

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  • Become a Fan of Chris

    Posted on October 7, 2009 by chris ballinger

    Got a Facebook account and don't know what to do with it? Join the Chris Ballinger Fan Page. It's like lazy stalking for cyber-savvy magicians.


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