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Monthly Archives: July 2011

  • Hungry Cards

    Posted on July 28, 2011 by Chris Ballinger

    There was a theme running through some of the products that we uploaded this week… Cards that eat other cards. This trend happened on accident, but I’m rolling with it, so here we go.

    The first trick is new from Kevin Reylek and it’s called Cannibal. This is his take on the Cannibal Card Plot and it’s really good. Basically, a card is selected and signed, then lost in the deck. A “Cannibal Card” vanishes only to be found in the middle of the deck next to a card with a bite out of it’s corner. The card is turned over to show that it is the signed selection. Everyone thinks the trick is over until you rip open the Cannibal Card to find the missing corner embedded within the fibers of the card. It actually ate part of the card!


    This is a great trick because by following the standard card revelation plot, the trick is over after the Cannibal finds the card. But then you unexpectedly tear the card open and the corner is right in there. Double-whammy!

    The second monster card is called The Vampire. This is a packet effect where a court card sucks all of the ink off of the other cards in the pack before turning blank itself.

    Vampire Card Trick

    This trick is easy to carry around, only costs a couple of bucks and there are a lot of people interested in vampires these days. Recently there has been an explosion of books, movies and television shows all about vampires so by giving the cards that sort of personality, you instantly get the audiences attention.

    Both of these effects are perfect for Halloween which is right around the corner.

    If you are interested in these types of effects, you also might want to look into the Easy to Master Card Miracles Volume 1, which includes Lin Searles fantastic version of the Cannibal Cards. The Web, Gypsy Curse, Off with His Head, and Bigfoot also have wonderful ways of giving playing cards their own spooky character.

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  • Redemption Follow-Up

    Posted on July 21, 2011 by Chris Ballinger

    Redemption is such a versatile and epic trick, that I had to spread out all the information on it into about forty-three blog posts. Not really that many, but a lot non the less.

    Over the past week, people have been receiving their Redemption orders and we have heard nothing but praise for the gimmick, the effects and the instructional DVD. This makes me very happy.

    While I absolutely love the original video demo for this trick, it occurred to me that it only showed the super-visual aspects of the gimmick. So, in an effort to showcase the more subtle side to Redemption, we put together this little video. Enjoy:

    When a new trick gets shipped out it is really the moment of truth for a magic creator. Here are a few of the responses that we have gotten:

    Dave says:
    “Hey Chris, I watched the WHOLE video! I got Redemption today and…. AWESOME.”

    Joshua says:
    “Chris, just got Redemption today. This thing is amazing!! It’s awesome how it’s a simple gimmick, but it can do some awesome things. That’s the way magic should be anyway.”

    Gregory says:
    “I just got redemption today. Its amazing!”

    Youtube user, Pokerfan says
    “I got mine today and it’s epic? and he’s right it does look better in person I even trick myself sometimes that’s how clever this is.”

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